A Brief Report of the Activities of the Nurses Hypertension
by Bernadette Stribling, UK.
The Nurses Hypertension Association (NHA) was founded in 1991, comprising nurses
from across the UK working in the field of hypertension. The role of the Association
is to promote the advancement, knowledge, and dissemination of information concerning
hypertension findings and related vascular disease.
The nurses work in the cutting edge of research, completing clinical trial work
and, more often, writing their own protocols and studies for their own research.
Other nurses work within the NHS either in specialized care in large teaching hospitals
or in Primary Care Trusts as hypertension specialists. As hypertension is largely
managed in Primary Care, these nurses are invaluable in their contribution to getting
blood pressure targeted and lowered.
We have developed links with several organizations, such as the British Hypertension
Association and the UK-based Hypertension Influence Team (HIT). Through partnership
working we recognize we can achieve more.
The NHA also supports the concept of continuous education, and its 100 members regularly
attend updates on hypertension within the local area. Coupled with this the NHA
also organizes a clinical update meeting and its scientific meeting on an annual
The NHA is determined to go from strength to strength in its aim to achieve optimum
blood pressure targets throughout the UK.
Chair, Nurses Hypertension Association