Asthma Health Outcomes Project
Overviews of Surveyed Asthma ProgramsSeptember 2005
Domestic Programs: New Jersey (cont’d)
Asthma Management in the School Setting
Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey
The Pediatric Asthma Coalition of New Jersey (PACNJ) developed the Asthma Management in the School Setting program as an educational course for school nurses statewide to provide an update on the state-of-the-art in asthma management based on the NHLBI guidelines. This course was a response to an April 2001 statewide law concerning the self-administration of medication by pupils with asthma that required all school nurses to receive asthma education.
In September 2001, the four-hour program was conducted via satellite at 16 sites statewide. Topics included: asthma surveillance in NJ, basic facts of asthma, a stepwise approach to asthma management, psychological aspects of asthma, managing indoor asthma triggers, asthma management and NJ school policy, and equipment and delivery conducted a live demonstration of "gadgets and gizmos", asthma medication delivery systems such as nebulizers and spacers. Participants faxed in questions for a live Q&A session. A light meal was provided, door prizes were offered, and participants received handouts and tools for use in their school, including the EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools kit.
400 school nurses attended the satellite broadcast. The program was evaluated via a pre and post test and a 12 month follow-up, which showed an increase in the number of student Asthma Action Plans on file at school as well as an increase in the percentage of schools implementing an indoor air quality improvement plan.
The satellite broadcast was taped and packaged as a video kit for widespread dissemination. School nurses can view the entire course on video independently or participate in a group session with a live respiratory therapist. Approximately 1000 school nurses have received the training as of June 2005, and it continues to be implemented statewide by request from schools.
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