Health Professionals Gather in Richmond for Asthma Educator Institute

(May 2, 2013)

Nurse Pracitioner shown educated class during the AEI training. On April 19th and 20th, over 40 registered nurses, registered respiratory therapists, and health educators gathered in downtown Richmond for the American Lung Association Asthma Educator Institute® (AEI). The AEI is a two-day preparatory course for those qualified to take the National Asthma Educator Certification Board (NAECB) examination to become Certified Asthma Educators (AE-Cs).

Asthma experts from around the state led sessions covering such topics as asthma pathophysiology, education principles, patient and family assessment, pharmacological therapy and asthma action plans. Participants also received hands-on practice with asthma medicine devices and worked together to solve real world patient case studies. The course culminated with the AE-C panel where current AE-Cs answered participant questions on preparing for the NAECB examination and how to leverage the information received at the AEI back in their clinical practices. "The AEI was a wonderful experience," says Renea Morgan, RN, BSN, and Disease Management Supervisor at a local managed care organization. "I am excited to take the information that I learned over the past two days and apply it to my organization's clinical processes for asthma patients. I also feel more prepared to take the NAECB examination!"

For more information on the American Lung Association Asthma Educator Institue® visit www.lung.org/asthma/aei.