Inhaler Technique Workshop - Cork Primary Care Courses
Course Details
  • Start date: 24 Oct 2018
  • Duration:Days: Half day
  • Location:Munster
  • County:Cork
  • Code:13:30 - 16:00 - (COPD - Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care (update) on the same day in the AM)

Venue: Montenotte Hotel (light lunch provided)

Provider: Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet

Skillnet Members Price: €30.00

Unemployed: No

Course Description:

Practice nurses meet people on inhaler therapy on a daily basis and require the skills to address, teach and assess inhaler technique to ensure optimal deposition of medication to the lungs.

This course is underpinned by Scope of Practice (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2015), Medication Management (An Bord Altranais, 2007), the Global Initiative for Asthma Management (GINA, 2017), GOLD 2017, and the Asthma Society of Ireland and the Irish College of General Practitioner guidelines on Asthma Control in General Practice (2012).  It seeks to introduce the nurse to the various inhalers and nasal sprays on the market, correct techniques, care and maintenance of these devices.

We are hosting a COPD - Diagnosis and Management course in the morning.  Click here for details and to apply for this course


  • Who should attend: Nurses on the live register of NMBI who work in the private healthcare sector
  • Accreditation:NMBI Accredited
  • Award:NMBI CEUs
  • Credits/CEU's:2.5 CEU's

Course Aim:

This half day programme aims to provide nurses with up to date knowledge in relation to inhaled medications and inhaler devices.   To provide nurses with knowledge to educate patients in relation to optimum inhaler technique and to gain an understanding of the different inhalation techniques for different inhaler devices


Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this half day study day participants should be able to;

  • Understand the effects of and the consequences of poor inhaler technique
  • Be aware of the importance of adequate inspiratory effort and assessment of same
  • Have adequate knowledge of inhaler technique for the different devices on the market
  • Be aware of the possible errors in inhaler technique




Trainer’s Profile

  • Trainer Name: Ruth Morrow MSc., BNS., RANP., RNP., RGN

Ruth received her general training in the Adelaide Hospital, Dublin and in 1992 chose the career path of practice nursing one year following qualification. She is currently employed in a single-handed General Practice in rural Co Leitrim. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing Studies degree programme in the distance learning centre (Oscail) at DCU and followed this with a Masters in Nursing Science from the University of Manchester and the Royal College of Nursing in the UK. In 2001, she received Clinical Nurse Specialist status and in November 2005 was accredited as the first Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care in Ireland. Her role primarily focuses on long term conditions which include diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, coronary heart disease, COPD and asthma. In 2010, she completed the Certificate in Nurse/Midwife prescribing and became a Registered Nurse Prescriber. Ruth has published many articles on a wide range of clinical issues. She is currently consulting editor of Nursing in General Practice, the official journal of the Irish Practice Nurses Association. In 2015, she was appointed clinical director of NurseCPD which publishes e-learning modules for nurses. She is a trainer for Education for Health in the UK for the Asthma Diploma. She is also a tutor for the asthma and COPD on-line modules in NUIG. Ruth also runs her own consultancy business and has written and developed a number of respiratory education programmes which have been approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland and are delivered to practice nurses nationally. Ruth frequently supports the Asthma Society of Ireland, the Leitrim Branch of Diabetes Ireland and Special Olympics Ireland. In 2010 and 2014, she was the Medical Co-ordinator with the Irish Special Olympics European Team in Poland and Belgium respectively. In 2017, she was the medical co-ordinator for Irish Special Olympics World Team for the World Winter Games in Austria and has been recently appointed as the Medical Co-ordinator for Team Ireland for the World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi in 2019. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys walking, yoga, cycling, crocheting reading and gardening.

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