Date of Award

Fall 12-2-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing (ND)



First Advisor

Jessica Hafford, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, Chair

Second Advisor

Bryan Webb, DNP, APRN, AGPCNP-BC, CNOR, Committee Member

Third Advisor

Tyke Hanisch, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Dean


Hypertension or high blood pressure is a global epidemic and a major public health challenge in the United States. Hypertension increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and renal failure. The disease disproportionately affects African Americans (AAs) and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in this ethnic group. Effective management of hypertension decreases complications from the disease. The purpose of the clinical scholarly project (CSP) was to decrease blood pressure readings amongst AA adults, ages 18 to 65 years old using educational intervention on lifestyle modifications. A convenience sampling of 20 AA (n = 20) adult participants was drawn from the African Catholic Ministry (ACM) which is a subgroup within the Catholic Charismatic Center (CCC). The principal investigator (PI) used a patient educational brochure to teach participants about modifiable risk factors and healthy lifestyle behaviors aimed at decreasing participants’ blood pressure readings within a 4-week period. Participants received a pre-intervention and post-intervention blood pressure checks. The findings of the project indicate that patient educational intervention on lifestyle was effective in significantly decreasing blood pressure readings among AAs with hypertension (p < .05). The limitations of the study include that participants were recruited through convenience sampling and there was no random assignment in the project.

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