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Program Detail

Program Title

Hypertension Management: The Pivotal Role of Nurse Practitioners
Release Date: December-19-05
Credit Expiration Date: December-20-06


Leslie Davis, MSN, RN, CS, ANP
Clinical Associate Professor
School of Nursing and Department of Medicine
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Credit Hours

1.2 contact hours (which includes 0.5 hours of pharmacology)


Online Presentation

Program Description

Nurse practitioners play a pivotal role in the diagnosis and management of hypertension in approximately 65 million U.S. adults. This role is especially important in reducing overall mortality and improving the quality of life of the estimated one-third of hypertensive patients in whom the condition is uncontrolled.

This educational program, which was developed in collaboration with the American Society of Hypertension, presents the latest information on the prevalence of hypertension; its threat as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease; and the approaches to diagnosis and management that have proven most effective. The use of therapeutic lifestyle change and current options for antihypertensive medication are placed in the context of the JNC 7 guidelines.

Program Developer/Facilitator


Target Audience

Nurse Practitioners with an interest in the management of hypertension.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:

  1. Follow the evidence-based diagnosis and treatment guidelines established in the JNC-7 report to develop a management plan for hypertensive patients.
  2. Employ appropriate medication regimens (including multi-drug regimens) to bring hypertension under control.
  3. Describe the pivotal role of nurse practitioners in the management of hypertension.


Ms. Davis is a member of the speakers bureau of Pfizer, Inc., and has received honoraria from GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., Medtronic, Inc., and Novartis Pharmaceutical, Inc., in the past.

Credit Statements

Developed in collaboration with the American Society of Hypertension.

The program has been approved for 1.2 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 0.5 hours of pharmacology) by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Program ID 0504189.

Commercial Support Statements

Supported by an educational grant from Novartis.


  1. Click on the "Start program" icon. If you are not already logged in to the site, this will bring you to the login/registration page where you will be able to register as a new member or check existing registration information. When ready, click on the "Continue to Program" icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. The next screen will permit you to check for or download the Flash player required to run this program. You will also find buttons that will permit you to start the program presentation, access other program elements, and take the post-test.
  3. Clicking on "Slides" will begin the program presentation. This activity will require approximately 60 minutes to complete.
  4. Instructions for completing and submitting the post-test and program evaluation are provided on the post-test screen. A credit certificate will be awarded for a score of 70% or better and may be printed immediately after passing the post-test.

Certificate Fee



The information contained in this program does not necessarily reflect the opinions or recommendations of Novartis, The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Society of Hypertension, or Medical Communications Media, Inc. Diagnostic procedures or treatments discussed in the program should not be utilized by clinicians without evaluation of patients’ conditions and possible contraindications or risks, and without a review of applicable manufacturer’s product information and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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