Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN) : Hypertension

  • Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN)
    • Give antihypertensive drugs to stable patients.
    • Monitor for adverse effects of antihypertensive drugs.
    • Reinforce teaching about drugs and lifestyle management.
  • Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (UAP)
    • Obtain accurate BP readings in outpatient and inpatient settings.
    • Report high or low BP readings immediately to RN.
    • Check for postural changes in BP as directed.

Role of Other Team Members

  • Dietitian
    • Obtain a diet history from the patient.
    • Teach the components of the DASH diet.
    • Provide instructions for dietary changes as needed.
  • Physical Therapist
    • Assess patient’s current level of fitness.
    • Develop an exercise plan with the patient.