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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2012, Article ID 794585, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/794585
Review Article

Perceptions of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and How a Pulmonary Function Printout Influenced Practice

1Department of Nursing, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
2College of Nursing, Villanova University, Driscoll Hall, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085, USA

Received 25 May 2012; Accepted 17 July 2012

Academic Editor: Maria Helena Palucci Marziale

Copyright © 2012 Susan Gresko and Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The rate of asthma in the pediatric population has risen over the last two decades and is now considered to be the most common serious chronic disease in children and adolescents as well as a serious public health concern. In one suburban, Pennsylvania nurse-managed clinic, a group of pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs), noted an increase in the number of children with asthma and purchased a pulmonary function machine (Spirometer). The purpose of this paper is to discuss how the integration of a pulmonary function measurement printout influenced a small group of PNPs visit satisfaction, their delivery of nursing care, and the response of the families. As the incidence of asthma increases in the pediatric population, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals can take a leading role in patient teaching and provision of care by augmenting their practice with new technology combined with continued education for the client and family.