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6th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 27-29, 2022 | Orlando, USA

October 27 -29, 2022 | Orlando, Florida, USA
NWC 2022

Jessi D Thompson

Speaker at  Nursing World Conference 2022 - Jessi D Thompson
Baylor University, United States
Title : Hypertension management through health literacy and healthy behaviors

Abstract:

Hypertension (HTN) is the most diagnosed medical condition see in the outpatient setting in the United States.  However, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there are still millions of adults suffering from undiagnosed HTN.  One of the most concerning factors associated with HTN is that often individuals are not aware they have HTN because of the lack of early warning signs, giving HTN the name, silent killer.  HTN can affect every aspect of an individual’s life, including their ability to work.  This project was developed to focus on steps of identification and treatment of HTN through knowledge and health literacy.  Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions. Staff members from a school district in northeastern U.S. were asked to participate in a workplace wellness program to identify those at risk for developing HTN, cardiovascular disease, or identify those with undiagnosed HTN.  Participants had their blood pressure taken and their My Life Check score calculated using an American Heart Association’s online questionnaire.  Participants were provided with additional resources, educational materials, and time to ask questions throughout the program.  At the completion of the 12-week implementation period, participants blood pressure and My Life Check scores were repeated and documented.  Participants also determined if they were able to commit to one healthy behavior for the 12-week period.  Fifty percent of participants were able to decrease their blood pressures and 41.6% were able to increase their My Life Check scores post implementation. 

 

Biography:

Jessi Thompson studied nursing at Wesley College and graduated as an ADN in 2004.  She went on to study nursing at Immaculata University and Wilmington University graduating with a BSN and then MSN.  Jessi has worked in many areas of bedside nursing, although primarily in critical care/emergency nursing since 2004. Most recently, Jessi has completed requirements for her Doctoral of Nursing Practice from Baylor University and will graduate May 2022.

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