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Release Date: January 25, 2018
Expiration Date: January 31, 2021
Since asthma is a chronic disease that occurs across all age-groups, healthcare professionals in virtually every setting can expect to care for patients with asthma. Increasingly, asthma is seen in adults, in older adults, in school-age children, in occupational settings, and in pregnant women. Advances in our understanding of asthma and its treatment have implications for the continuing education of all healthcare providers. Clinical studies illuminate how best to optimize asthma control, while minimizing associated risks, and present a clear methodology for healthcare providers to use. This course is steeped in evidence-based research findings with the goal of optimizing the healthcare provider’s approach to caring for patients with asthma.
The purpose of this course is to enable healthcare professionals to incorporate the most current evidence-based guidelines for the management and treatment of patients with asthma into their clinical practice. The pathology of asthma, disease symptoms, environmental triggers, diagnosis, treatment, associated conditions, and health education are discussed, as well as the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program’s (NAEPPs) guidelines for the treatment and management of patients with asthma.
Kentucky APRNs - Fulfills pharmacology requirement.
CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (24 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)
- Identify asthma as a major public health problem across all age groups.
- Discuss the effect 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
personal and family education related to their optimal use.
- Discuss common asthma triggers as well as individual and family education regarding basic environmental
- Identify the role of written asthma action plans in the overall plan of care and design characteristics
that enhance the usefulness of these tools.
- Discuss the unique features of asthma in adults and how comorbid conditions affect the care of
adults with asthma.
- Recognize how a child’s stage of development can influence asthma management.
- Discuss signs and symptoms of an acute asthma attack and the appropriate nursing interventions.
- Describe how the course of asthma changes during pregnancy and how these changes affect asthma
- Describe the relationship between obesity and asthma.
- Recognize the proposed role of vitamin D in the treatment and management of asthma.
- Discuss the implications of alternative therapies for asthma management.
- Describe appropriate asthma teaching strategies and identify asthma education as a critical component
of comprehensive asthma management.
- Discuss resources available for asthma education and the importance of interprofessional and community
- Discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act and its provisions on asthma outcomes as well as the influence of telehealth and mobile technology on asthma care.
Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP, is an Assistant Professor in the Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University. She received her PhD from the Decker School of Nursing, with her dissertation focusing on asthma management of school nurses. Dr. Quaranta’s research focus is on barriers and facilitators for asthma management. As a Train the Trainer for the American Lung Association’s Open Airways for Schools curriculum, she has worked collaboratively with the Broome County Health Department, the Asthma Coalition of the Southern Tier, United Health Services Hospital, and the local American Lung Association to implement this program in local schools. Through integration of Open Airways into course content, undergraduate nursing students teach the program, allowing for sustainability of Open Airways and providing access to asthma self-management education.
Dr. Quaranta has been a pediatric nurse since 1979, received her certification in pediatric nursing in 1995, and earned her asthma educator certification in 2009. In April 2017, she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice of Nursing as a Distinguished Fellow for her work with asthma, with a focus on the interprofessional collaboration. Dr. Quaranta has received Individual Development Awards from Binghamton University, as well as a Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence Award to further her research in asthma. She has presented at multiple national conferences on the topic of asthma and self-management. Dr. Quaranta has also authored manuscripts for numerous journals including the Journal of School Nursing, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Online Journal of Rural Nursing, Journal of Family Social Work, and Journal of Interprofessional Care, as well as authored chapters in textbooks on research and community and public health.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- 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.