Asthma

NASN Resources

School Nurse Asthma Care Checklist
The checklist provides a summary of best practices for the care of students with asthma in school.

School Nurse Evidence-Based Clinical Guidelines: Asthma
The evidence-based guidelines are based on the latest evidence of care and outcomes and are sold as an eBook.  They provide the evidence for care of children with asthma at school.

The ABCs of Using Pulse Oximeters in Schools - A 12 minute NASN Radio audio broadcast by a school nurse on using pulse oximetry in the school setting.

School Tools and Forms

From the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute:

Asthma Action Plan

Is the Asthma Action Plan Working?—A Tool for School Nurse Assessment
All children with asthma need an asthma action plan. This brief assessment tool offers guidance in determining how well an asthma action plan is working for a student.

Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (EPR-3) - The EPR 3 Guidelines on Asthma was developed by an expert panel commissioned by the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Coordinating Committee (CC), coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.  

Asthma and Physical Activity in the School: Making a Difference - This site provides a resource for teachers and coaches to help students with asthma participate in sports and physical activities.

Managing Asthma: A Guide for Schools - This site provides school personnel a booklet describing practical ways to help students with asthma.

Suggested Emergency Protocol for Students with Asthma Symptoms - Although each student with asthma needs a personal asthma action plan, schools also should have a written emergency care plan for students who do not have a personal plan at school. This template can help develop a district or school protocol.

From the Allergy and Asthma Network

Allergy and Asthma Network website
This group is the leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to end the needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions through outreach, education, advocacy and research.  

Breathe Better at Schools 
A brochure that outlines indoor air quality basics.

Resources for Families, Children and Youth

From the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

EnviroFlash! - Provides daily air quality information such as forecasts and action day notifications via email for your area of interest. Air quality information allows you to adjust your lifestyle when necessary on unhealthy air quality days.

From the American Lung Association

Lungtopolis® and Lungtropolis® Parents – Help save Lungtropolis and fight the mucus mob while learning about asthma management! This proven effective online game for children 5-10, also includes a parent component to support adults as they help manage their child’s asthma.

Additional Asthma Tools

From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Information for School and Childcare Providers – Resources include a sign language video for schools and CDC’s Health Youth! Asthma Web Site.

Asthma Basics – Information including What is Asthma? and How is Asthma Diagnosed? and information about asthma episodes.

From the American Lung Association:

Asthma Basics – Online curriculum provides asthma information in 50 minute lesson. This can be an appropriate tool for parents/guardians of children with asthma or a refresher for school nurses.

Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative® - The Lung Association's comprehensive approach to asthma management in schools.  Provides resources to create a measurable, long-term asthma management plan.

Page last updated August 2016.