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 Asthma Educator Institute
Gundersen Lutheran – Onalaska Clinic

Thursday, November 29, 2012

7:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
(Registration and Continental Breakfast 7:30 a.m. -8:00 a.m.)



Michelle Mercure
(262) 703-4845


Friday, November 30, 2012

7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(Continental Breakfast/Networking/Exhibits 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.)

The Asthma Educator Institute is a two-day course to teach health-care professionals how to help asthma patients manage their illness.  Many participants go on to take National Asthma Educator Certification (NAECB) examination to become certified asthma educators.  The American Lung Association Asthma Educator Institute was developed in January of 2003 and has been updated to reflect the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

The curriculum covers the content outlined in the NAECB Candidate Handbook and includes case reviews, hands-on skills demonstration and practice. The course is delivered by local asthma experts, including Certified Asthma Educators (AE-C).

The Asthma Educator Institute is funded in part by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services through a United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement (“Addressing Asthma from a Public Health Perspective”) and Gundersen Lutheran Health System.

Location:  Gundersen Lutheran – Onalaska Clinic
3111 Gundersen Drive
Onalaska, WI  54650
Education Room (Basement)

Registration Fee: $200.00

What is a Certified Asthma Educator (AE-C)?
A certified asthma educator (AE-C) is someone that qualifies for and passes the exam developed and administered by the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB). The first exam for national certification of asthma educators has been administered beginning in September 2002 and is delivered via computer at over 110 locations throughout the United States. The examination is based upon seven major content areas. Each of the content areas is briefly described and followed by an outline of the topics included in the area in the NAECB candidate handbook. In addition, the number of test items devoted to each major content area is noted. The examination is composed of 175 items. (150 scored items, 25 pre-test items).

The following currently licensed or credentialed health care professionals may be admitted to the examination: Physicians (MD, DO), Physician Assistants (PA-C), Nurse Practitioners (NP), Nurses (RN, LPN), Respiratory Therapists (RRT, CRT), Pulmonary Function Technologists (CPFT, RPFT), Pharmacists (RPh), Social Workers (CSW), Health Educators (CHES), Physical Therapists (PT), Occupational Therapists (OT).  In addition, individuals providing asthma education, counseling, or coordinating services with a minimum of 1000 hours experience in these activities will also be admitted to the exam. For information about eligibility, fees, and registration for the exam, please visit http://www.naecb.org.

Benefits of the Asthma Educator Institute
Education for patients, their families, and health care providers is a crucial part of good asthma control. The American Lung Association (ALA) course content is based on the NAECB exam matrix and the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participant will be able to:

  1. Discuss the pathophysiology of the asthma condition.
  2. Identify factors contributing to acute and chronic asthma.
  3. Describe patient and family assessments related to asthma care.
  4. Discuss steps in the development, implementation and evaluation of an asthma management plan.
  5. Describe medications used in asthma management.
  6. Observe and demonstrate selected procedures in asthma assessment and care.
  7. Identify behavioral and environmental modifications in the management of asthma.
  8. Discuss patient and family assessments related to educational needs.
  9. Describe organizational issues (program outcomes, referral & networking) in asthma care.

Registration Deadline:  November 15, 2012:  Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Space is limited.  Full payment must be received with your registration. On-line registration or Mail/ Fax registration available by clicking on sidebar tabs.

Cancellation Policy:  Registration fee refundable, less a $25 processing fee, prior to November 15, 2012.  No refunds after November 15th.  Substitutions are permitted. Confirmations will be emailed.

Attire: Please dress comfortably. Professional casual is welcome. Since conference rooms can vary in temperature, you may want to dress in layers.

Continuing Education Credits: This Asthma Educator Institute is designed to meet continuing education requirements for a variety of health care professionals. Presenter objectives, qualifications, and a certificate of attendance will be available.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (Approval number 0171-005).

Respiratory Care
Application for continuing education contact hours has been made to the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063.

For additional information or questions, contact Michelle Mercure at (262) 703-4845 or Michelle.Mercure@lungwi.org.