Hypertension Management for Nurses


Hypertension presents a substantial burden on the world, and Uganda is not immune to this disease. In Uganda, nurses provide a significant portion of direct primary patient care. This course, deployed as a distance learning course on CDrom, was designed to provide access to this training for nurses in remote, rural settings in Uganda.  This was the first such CME distance learning course for nurses in Uganda and had the potential to make a significant impact on how hypertension is diagnosed and treated in Uganda. 

The CDroms were distributed by the Ugandan Nursing Council in December 2010 to 500 Ugandan nurses.  The CDrom contained a series of five recorded lectures and two brief demonstration videos showing proper procedures for measuring blood pressure. The lectures and demos were developed and taught by the nursing faculty at Makerere University and nurses from Mulago Referral Hospital on the following topics pertaining to hypertension: 1) pathology and epidemiology, 2) assessments and a skills refresher, 3) pharmacologic management, 4) non-pharmacologic management and self-care, and 5) special populations (such as diabetics or pregnant women). 


Ugandan Nursing Counsel; Makerere University Faculty of Nursing; Johns Hopkins School of Nursing