Paediatric Asthma: Diagnosis and Management in Primary Care

Course Description

In July 2015, free GP medical care was introduced for children Under 6 and this includes the Asthma Cycle of care for children under 6 with a diagnosis of asthma. Practice nurses are now providing asthma care to these children and their parents in relation to self-management, education about asthma, inhaler technique and adherence to medication.

This course is underpinned by Scope of Practice (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland, 2015), the Global Initiative for Asthma Management for 5 years and under (GINA, 2015), 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 care of the child and their parents with asthma including diagnosis, management, self-management and education

This one day programme is aimed at nurses working in clinical practice who require updating of their knowledge and skills to care for people with asthma on a day-today basis. The programme will assist participants in gaining an understanding of the clinical evidence underpinning the diagnosis and ongoing care and management of the person with asthma utilising current best practice.

Course Aim

This programme aims to provide nurses working in clinical practice with up-to-date knowledge and skills to enable them to care for children and their parents with asthma on a day-today basis.

Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes

At the end of this one day programme participants should be able to

  • Understand the complexities around the diagnosis of asthma in children
  • Understand the management of the child with acute and stable asthma utilising current best practice.
  • Understand the Asthma Cycle of Care for the Under 6's.

Who Should Attend

Nurses on the live register of NMBI who are working in the private healthcare sector

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.

Course Details

  • Category: General Practice Training
  • Venue: TBC
  • Duration: Days: 1
  • Provider: Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet
  • Skillnet Members Price: €30.00
  • Unemployed: No
  • Accreditation: NMBI Accredited
  • Award: NMBI CEUs
  • Credits/CEU's: 5 CEUs
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