Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Asthma Education

Recommendation 2.0:
Asthma education, provided by the nurse, must be an essential component of care.

Recommendation 2.1:
The client’s asthma knowledge and skills should be assessed and where gaps are identified, asthma education should be provided.

Recommendation 2.2:
Education should include as a minimum, the following:

  • basic facts about asthma
  • roles/rationale for medications
  • Device technique(s)
  • self-monitoring
  • action plans
  • smoking cessation if applicable (refer to RNAO guideline Integrating Smoking Cessation into Daily Nursing Practice)