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Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Cathleen Colleran-Santos


Asthma is a leading cause of pediatric hospital admissions. Parents of children under the age of 18 with asthma require education to recognize and manage the signs and symptoms of the disease. Parent education has shown to decrease their children's hospital admission and readmission rates. The purpose of this pilot project was to develop an asthma educational module for the parents of children with asthma and obtain parent feedback on the content. Families with children under the age of 18 who had been admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of asthma, an asthma exacerbation, or status asthmaticus were invited to participate. A nurse practitioner provided three parents with information on the signs, symptoms, and medication management of asthma, as well as hands-on demonstration of inhaler use. Twenty-eight staff nurses provided verbal feedback on module content, including educational benefit and readability for parents. Parent and staff verbal feedback indicated the module was both a useful and effective tool for asthma education. Clinical leaders plan to expand the pilot study on two additional pediatric units using the same module used in the pilot program with intent to analyze readmission rates. The project promotes social change through parent empowerment to care for their child in the home environment.

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