Improving Asthma Care at School

BY ON November 6, 2013

Asthma symptom, trigger graphic

Asthma is a major health problem in children. Affecting approximately 10% of US children, asthma is a major cause of Emergency Room visits and hospitalizations in children. It is also one of the leading causes of school absenteeism.

In the school setting, school nurses spend a lot of time caring for children with asthma, coordinating care, helping them administer medication, and educating students and their parents about the disease. School nurses need to work together with students, parents and pediatricians to manage the asthma. Guidelines for asthma management for school nurses caring for students with asthma are not consistent. That’s why the National Association of School Nurses, a Moms Clean Air Force partner, has launched a project to develop relevant, simple, evidence-based guidelines that school nurses can use to deliver the best possible care to their students with asthma.

NASN is reaching out to several major medical associations to put together these guidelines. They are also reaching out to parents. They’d like to hear from you. If you are the parent of a child with asthma, they want to know:

  • About how your child’s asthma affects his or her time in school.
  • About how you feel about the care your child receives for asthma at school.
  • About what’s going well with your child’s asthma care at school, and what could be going better.

Parent voices will help all children receive better care in their schools for asthma. Please fill out this brief survey from the National Association of School Nurses. The responses are confidential, anonymous, and will be used only by the National Association of School Nurses. Thank you!

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TOPICS: Asthma, Schools