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Disciplines:
  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP
Peer Reviewer(s): Karen L. Meyerson, MSN, RN, FNP-C, AE-C
Item#: N1860
Contents: 1 Course Book (38 pages)
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Managing Asthma in Adults


Price $16.95
Item # N1860
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 2, 2018

Expiration Date: January 31, 2021

Asthma continues to be a major public health issue. New cases of asthma continue to occur, increasing the prevalence of this disease (Lundback, Backman, Lotvall, & Ronmark, 2016). While asthma is a life-long disease, with proper management symptoms can remain under control with little to no impact on quality of life.

Asthma management is lacking within the US healthcare system, as evidenced by increasing hospitalizations and emergency room visits. Evidence of poor asthma control is seen with 43.6% of adults having one or more asthma attacks (Centers for Disease Control, 2017).

To prevent the avoidable adverse events of asthma exacerbations, leading to work and school days missed, emergency room visits and hospitalizations, health care providers need to be able to assist the patient with asthma self-management. The purpose of this course is to discuss unique features of asthma and asthma management in adults, particularly, the older adult.


Please Note: This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with, N1787 - Asthma Management in Children and Adults, 2nd Edition.

CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (2 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)

Course Objectives

  • Explain the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program and Global Initiative for Asthma guidelines for asthma management.
  • Discuss the effects of misperception of asthma symptoms on asthma control.
  • Describe the different types of asthma seen in adults.
  • Identify comorbid/exacerbating conditions that can affect asthma care in the adult.
  • Identify adverse effects from nonasthma medications in the adult with asthma.

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 authored chapters in textbooks on research and community and public health.

Karen L. Meyerson, MSN, RN, FNP-C, AE-C, is Director of Commercial Care Management and is a certified asthma educator. She has supervised 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. Ms. Meyerson 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. She 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, specializing in asthma and allergies. In addition, she has served 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, Ms. Meyerson was elected to the National Asthma Educator Certification Board, where she is Chair of the Board, and has presented at Congressional Briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on asthma-related issues.

  • 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.