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Guidelines-based Care for the School Nurse to Create Healthy Environments for Children with Asthma [Enduring]

Release Date: 8/31/2023
Expiration Date: 8/31/2025
Originally presented at Virtual NASN2022.

Cost: $20.00/Free for NASN members!

Upon successful completion of this offering,
participants will be awarded 1.0 Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD) contact hour.

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Program Overview
This session addresses knowledge and practice gaps in environmental exposure reducing interventions and mitigation efforts by the school nurse. The environment is a powerful social determinant of health and a critical factor in the health of students with asthma. While all children are uniquely vulnerable to the negative effects of an unhealthy environment at school, home, or the community, low-income minority students are more likely to experience adverse effects (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2020a, 2020b). School nurses, schools, and school districts are a recognized sector of public health with the potential for contributing to a multi-sector approach using evidence-based asthma strategies and interventions to create healthy environments for children with asthma. School nurses are ideally situated to implement policies and programs in their school communities that improve environmental health.
Evidence-based guidance will be provided by the National Association of School Nurses Framework for 21st Century School Nursing PracticeTM (2016), The National Environmental Education Foundation’s (NEEF) Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma – Guidelines for Health Care Providers (2019), the Global Initiate for Asthma’s 2021 Global Strategies for Asthma Management and Prevention (2021), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s EXHALE: A Technical Package to Control Asthma (2018) to inform the school nurse of exposure reducing interventions and mitigation efforts to combat the potential effects of environmental asthma triggers.
This session will be facilitated by a NEEF Asthma Champion TM in collaboration with a school nurse expert.

Learning Outcomes
As a result of participating in this educational activity, learners will be able to:

  • Identify environmental risk factors and triggers for students with asthma to include in a nursing assessment.
  • Describe three environmental exposure-reducing interventions for the home and school where students with asthma live, learn, and play.
  • Explain how to apply three asthma management strategies to incorporate into school nursing practice from the four evidence-based guidance documents.
  • Describe the role of the school nurse in creating healthy environments for students with asthma.

Intended Audience
This continuing education program is a practice, skill, and knowledge NCPD program developed to meet the educational needs of registered nurses who are interested in child, adolescent health, community/public health, and school nursing.


Vernessa Perry Regester, MSPH
National Environmental Education Foundation

Lisa De Ybarrondo, MD 
Medical Director
National Environmental Education Foundation

Faculty and Nurse Planner(s) Disclosures
NASN must ensure that all educational program content is free of commercial interest, bias, influence, and that the integrity of the content is uncompromised. The intent of this disclosure is to provide learners with information on which they can make their own judgments.

The nurse planner(s), faculty, and reviewers disclose there are no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies for ALL those involved with the ability to control the content of this program.

Accreditation Statement
The National Association of School Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by NASN or ANCC of any commercial products discussed in this learning program.

Commercial Support or Grant Funding
Funding for this presentation was made possible by Cooperative Agreement Number NU59EH001254, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, organizations imply endorsement by the US Government.

The Reference to following the guidelines for diagnosis in this educational product is not intended to replace the use of future NASN clinical practice guidelines for the management of asthma.