|Prince William Hospital Offers Free Blood Pressure Screenings in Observance of Emergency Nurses Week|
Prince William Hospital is celebrating Emergency
Nurses Week by offering members of the community free blood pressure screenings
on Thursday, October 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the Emergency Department
lobby. Emergency Nurses Week will be celebrated October 9-15.
pressure screenings are a non-invasive way to provide people with important
information about their health," said Karen Webb, RN, Director of Nursing in the
Emergency Services Department. "This year for Emergency Nurses Week, we wanted
to find a way to not only honor our wonderful nurses, but also give back to the
Emergency Nurses Day is Wednesday, October 12. This year's
theme, "Emergency Nurses ... Prepared for the Unexpected" reflects the
dedication of emergency nurses in the United States and around the world.
When any patient comes to the hospital, a blood pressure read is taken
and may be repeated several times throughout the patient's stay. "Sometimes a
patient may ask me why his or her blood pressure has been taken repeatedly, and
I use this as a teaching opportunity," said Tori Scott, RN, Nurse Educator in
the Emergency Services Department. "All of our nurses are taught to engage the
patient in their health and help them understand what is happening to them. This
is part of a nationwide campaign called Ask Me 3," which was started by
the National Patient Safety Foundation.
Nurses in the ED and throughout
the hospital invite their patients to ask the following three questions as part
of the Ask Me 3 initiative: "What is my main problem? What do I
need to do? Why is it important for me to do this?" This can help spark
dialogue between the patient and providers, and encourages them to become
involved in their healthcare.
"When patients know what questions to ask
about their health, they are more likely to experience better outcomes," said
Webb. "By having a conversation with their provider, patients become invested in
the healthcare process."
Appointments for blood pressure screenings on
October 13 are not required. Prince William Hospital's Emergency Services
Department is located at 8700 Sudley Road, Manasass, VA 20110.
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2011 (Archive on Saturday, October 06, 2012)
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