May 6th marks the beginning of National Nurses Week, commemorating the crucial role of nurses in the healthcare system and raising awareness of the value of nursing. The week-long celebration ends on May 12th – the birthday of the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Although perhaps the most well-known, Nightingale was not the only nursing pioneer that made history. The nurses below made significant changes to the field through their discoveries, compassion, dedication, and practice – together forging the profession of modern nursing.
For many years, hypertension was defined as a blood pressure reading of 140 over 90 mm Hg or higher. Recently updated guidelines from the American Heart Association, however, now classify a BP of 130 over 80 mm Hg or higher as hypertension. As a result, many patients previously considered healthy—with normal or slightly elevated BP readings—now rank in the hypertension stage 1 category.