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October 2013 Asthma Educator Insitute - Providence, RI

The American Lung Association developed the Asthma Educator Institute (AEI), a two-day preparatory course for the National Asthma Education Certification Board (NAECB) exam. The curriculum reflects the detailed content outline delineated in the NAECB Certified Asthma Educator candidate book (see for details). AEI includes hands-on skills, demonstrations, and practice as well as evaluation tests to measure increase in knowledge and skills.

Course Objectives & Agenda

The overall course objectives are:
  • Analyze the components of asthma education: lung pathophysiology, assessment of physical status, environmental factors, barriers to adherence and pharmacological interventions
  • Design asthma management and education plans for individuals in a variety of situations
  • Teach individuals how to manage their asthma using appropriate medications, devices and techniques
  • Pursue national certification through NAECB

Who Should Attend? Respiratory therapists, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who
are preparing for the NAECB exam. Please refer to to determine the eligibility to become an AE-C.

The scheduled topics for the seminar are as follows:
  • Asthma Overview: Definition, pathophysiology and role of inflammation
  • Factors Contributing to Asthma Exacerbations: Allergens, irritants, and environmental factors
  • Patient history and physical assessment
  • Case studies using spirometry
  • Pharmacologic management of asthma
  • Barriers to adherence and compliance
  • Asthma Action Plan: Management plan development
  • Your role as an asthma educator
  • NAECB preparation

Thursday, October 24
7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome
8:15 Pre-test
8:45 Introduction, Cindy Brosnan, RRT, AE-C
9:15 Education Principles for a Partnership in Asthma Care, Cindy Brosnan, RRT, AE-C
10:15 Break
10:30 Asthma Overview, Robert Klein, MD
11:15 Factors Contributing to Asthma Exacerbations, Robert Klein, MD
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:00 Asthma Management: Pharmacological Therapy, Kelly Orr, PharmD, AE-C
2:15 Barriers to Adherence and Compliance: Behavioral, Cultural, and Other Challenges, Joanne Jacobs, MA, RRT, AE-C
3:15-3:30 Wrap Up

Friday, October 25
8:00 a.m. Review of the Day
8:15 Asthma Medicine Devices and Demonstration, Donna Trinque, RRT, BS, AE-C, CPFT
9:45 Patient and Family Assessment,  Angela Gasparri, RRT, AE-C
11:15 Break
11:30 Case Studies Using Spirometry, Karen Daigle, MD
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 Asthma Action Plan: Management Plan Development, Catherine Kemp, RRT, AE-C
2:45 Break
3:00 Your Role as an Asthma Educator: Professional Issues/Practices, Sheila Quinn, RNP, AE-C
3:15 Exam Preparation Panel, Cindy Brosnan, RRT, AE-C, Sheila Quinn, RNP, AE-C, Kathy Rebeiro, RNP, AE-C
3:45-4:15 Post-Test and Evaluation


The University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This program will provide the participant with 6.25 contact hours (0.625 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit on day one and 5.5 contact hours (0.55 CEUs) on day two for completion of this activity. No partial credit can be given in a day. Attendance and completion of online evaluations and self-assessment tools at the conclusion of each day are required to receive a statement of credit. Attendees must complete a Live Program Evaluation online and may immediately print their official statements of credit at the URI Continuing Professional Development site at following the activity. This program is an application-based continuing education activity.

This Continuing Nursing Education Activity was approved by the Connecticut Nurses’ Association, Accredited Approver  by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
This program has been approved for a maximum of 12.5 contact hours  Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the  American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving TX 75063

*IMPORTANT : To receive Continuing Education Credits, you must attend all sessions, both days.

Cost: $99*
* Special fee is made possible by support from the Rhode Island Department of Health
Registration fee is non-refundable after October 17, 2013.

The program will be held at:
RI Department of Administration
Conference Room A
One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI
October 24-25, 2013

Registration Deadline is October 17, 2013. Register early - space is limited.

To register, click the "Register Now" button at top or this link.