blood pressure screening, evidence-based protocol, faith community nurse, hypertension, nursing, quality improvement project



  1. Sailors, Ronnette
  2. Saint, Debra
  3. Ayer, Nicole


ABSTRACT: There is a direct relationship between elevated blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, so screening for elevated blood pressure is an essential nursing activity. This quality improvement project involving faith community nurses (FCNs) in 24 congregations and other sites tracked readings of blood pressures taken, referrals made, and education sessions provided during a 21-month period. Surveys revealed the project increased participants' awareness about screenings, FCN services, and evidence-based protocols, in addition to identifying high-risk congregants for care and treatment.