• Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 30 Contact Hours
(11 pharm hours)
Author(s): Karen S. Rance, DNP, RN, CPNP, AE-C
Peer Reviewer(s): Karen Meyerson, MSN, RN, FNP-C, AE-C
Item#: N1414
Contents: 1 Course Book (320 pages)
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Asthma Management in Children and Adults

Price $74.95
Item # N1414
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PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with accreditation criteria, contact hours will not be awarded for completion of this course beyond February 28, 2017.

Expiration Date: February 28, 2017

Understanding of the nature of asthma as an inflammatory airway disease has increased greatly, and accompanying this understanding are improvements in diagnostic guidelines and medications. Because asthma is a chronic disease that occurs across all age groups, nurses in virtually every setting can expect to care for patients with asthma, including older adults, school-age children, and pregnant women as well as patients in occupational settings. This course presents a comprehensive discussion of asthma management. The course is steeped in evidence-based research findings on topics such as epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention, and treatment, including discussions of health education and environmental triggers such as indoor and outdoor pollutants. The course describes the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) guidelines for the treatment and management of patients with asthma, and numerous case studies demonstrate the application of the course content to clinical situations. 

Course Objectives

  • Recognize asthma as a major public health problem across all age groups.
  • Recognize the impact of asthma as a chronic inflammatory disease.
  • Discuss the diagnostic approach to asthma and the nurse’s role in case finding.
  • Discuss the use of spirometry in asthma diagnosis and management.
  • Discuss the role of quick-relief and long-term control medications in the management of asthma and patient and family education related to their optimal use.
  • Discuss common asthma triggers as well as patient and family education regarding basic environmental control.
  • Recognize how the child’s stage of development impacts (or influences) asthma management.
  • Discuss the unique features of asthma in adults and how comorbid conditions and the aging process affect the care of older adults with asthma.
  • Describe how the course of asthma changes during pregnancy and how these changes impact asthma management.
  • Discuss signs and symptoms of an acute asthma attack and the appropriate nursing interventions.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of exercise-induced bronchospasm and provide basic education to the patient and family regarding control of exercise-induced bronchospasm and participation in sports.
  • Recognize the impact of allergic diseases, such as atopic dermatitis and allergic rhinitis, on optimal asthma control.
  • Recognize the proposed role of Vitamin D in the treatment and management of asthma.
  • Recognize the link between obesity and asthma and how it affects asthma management.
  • Identify the nurse’s role in educating patients with asthma and their families about alternative therapies and their impact on asthma.
  • Identify the role of written asthma action plans in the overall plan of care and design characteristics that enhance the usefulness of these tools.
  • Identify appropriate asthma teaching strategies and asthma education as a critical component of comprehensive asthma management.
  • Recognize unique benefits of asthma education in the camp setting for children with asthma and their parents.
Karen S. Rance, DNP, RN, CPNP, AE-C, is an allergy, asthma, and immunology specialty nurse practitioner who received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Virginia. She is in private practice at Allergy Partners of Central Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Rance is a clinical researcher at Research Center of Indiana where she is currently conducting clinical trials on Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, and Allergen Vaccines. She is adjunct faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University, Graduate School of Nursing. Dr. Rance is the 2004 and 2011 recipient of the Allied Health Award for outstanding clinical project from the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. She has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of allergy and asthma, and regularly speaks to a broad spectrum of health care provider audiences on the topic of allergy and asthma. She has authored manuscripts for numerous medical journals including the Journal for Nurse Practitioners, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Journal of Pediatric Health Care, Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Dr. Rance serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Certified Asthma Educators (NAECB) and is on the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI)’s National Asthma Education Prevention Program Expert Panel (NAEPP) workgroup. She is the Founding Chair of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners’ (NAPNAP) Asthma and Allergy Special Interest Group. She is on NAPNAP’s Clinical Expert Panel for Asthma. She is involved in many community support programs, including the Indiana Joint Asthma Coalition where she is directing the implementation of a statewide asthma action plan.

Karen Meyerson, MSN, RN, FNP-C, AE-C, is Manager of the Asthma Network of West Michigan (ANWM), the asthma coalition serving West Michigan. A certified asthma educator, she supervises a staff of certified asthma educators and licensed medical social workers providing intensive case management services for low-income children and adults with uncontrolled asthma. ANWM is believed to be the first grass-roots asthma coalition in the nation to receive third-party payer reimbursement for its home-based asthma case management services. Karen also serves on the Asthma Network’s Speaker’s Bureau and has lectured extensively on asthma for both professional and lay audiences. In addition, she has served as a national speaker and consultant/mentor for asthma programs and coalitions nationwide who wish to replicate ANWM’s reimbursed case management model. Karen graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is also a board-certified Nurse Practitioner in private practice, specializing in asthma and allergies. In addition, Karen serves on the Michigan Department of Community Health-sponsored Michigan Asthma Advisory Committee, the Michigan Pediatric Asthma Mortality Review Panel, and the Michigan Consortium of Asthma Coalitions Steering Team. Nationally, Karen was elected to the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB), where she is Chair of the Board, and has presented at Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on asthma-related issues.

  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.