Nursing: Managing Asthma in Children

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About the Course

The basic pathology of asthma is the same in children as in adults, but there are important differences in anatomy, physiology, and drug metabolism and developmental and psychosocial characteristics that warrant an examination of asthma from a pediatric perspective.  This course presents the application of asthma management in childhood, from infancy through adolescence.  A discussion of natural history sets the stage for comprehending the presentation of asthma at different ages. Variations in care are discussed from a developmental and family perspective. It is essential for the healthcare professional to apply developmental and family concepts in the care of children with asthma and their families.  

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss the natural history of asthma.
  • Identify the risk factors for the development of asthma in children.
  • Describe the diagnosis and developmental management of asthma in children.
  • Explain how childhood asthma can affect the family.
  • Discuss the management of asthma in school.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with the course Asthma Management in Children and Adults, 2nd Edition.

About the Author:

Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP

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.  In April 2017, she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice of Nursing as a Distinguished Fellow for her work with asthma.  Dr. Quaranta received Individual Development Awards from Binghamton University and a Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence Award to further her research in asthma. She has presented at national conferences on the topic of asthma and self-management and has written for 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 and authored chapters in textbooks on research and community and public health. 

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