Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

Authors

  • Rosalind M. Peters,

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    1. Rosalind M. Peters, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
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  • John M. Flack

    1. John M. Flack, MD, MPH, is a professor and director, Cardiovascular Epidemiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
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Address for correspondence: Rosalind M. Peters, PhD, RN, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, 5557 Cass Ave., Room 358 Cohn Bldg., Detroit, MI 48202. E-mail: rpeters@wayne.edu.

Abstract

Hypertensive disorders occur in 6% to 8% of all pregnancies, are the second leading cause of maternal death, and contribute to significant neonatal morbidity and mortality. This is a problem not only in inpatient settings, as ambulatory and home-care nurses are increasingly being called upon to monitor women who are at high risk and may have hypertensive disorders. To prevent hypertension-induced problems in pregnant women, nurses must have strong assessment, advocacy, and counseling skills. Nurses also must provide care based on the latest national standards as described in this article.

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