ST. VINCENT'S HOSPITAL
ADVANCED COMPETENCY CHECKLIST
Asthma – Pediatric Patients
GOAL: Safely and competently provides all essential aspects of nursing care for the pediatric patient with asthma.
Assessment / Documentation Objective: The associate will provide appropriate care for the pediatric patient with
asthma and the family of that child.
Performs age appropriate assessment on the child to determine goals
for nursing care.
Correctly identifies signs and symptoms of worsening asthma.
Appropriately assesses family situation for needed referrals to social
Appropriately assesses the use of all medical equipment by the child
Documents all pertinent information in the child’s medical record.
Pathophysiology Objective: The associate will demonstrate an understanding of the potential
complications associated with asthma in children.
Verbalizes understanding of the pathophysiology of the disease
Recognizes signs of worsening distress and reports immediately to
Diagnostic Evaluations Objective: The associate will recognize the significance of abnormal findings.
Demonstrates recognition of abnormal lab values.
Documents all pertinent information.
Treatments Objective: The associate will demonstrate skills necessary to prevent any untoward
outcomes for the patient related to the disease process.
Demonstrates knowledge of the use of respiratory equipment utilized
with the asthma patient.
Appropriately refers the patient for entry to the pediatric asthma
Documents patient's response to all treatments.
Patient/Family Education Objective: The associate will inform and instruct the patient/ family about the use of all
equipment and the medication prescribed for the patient.
Gives the patient verbal/ written information about asthma and the
pediatric asthma program at St. Vincent’s.
Instructs patient/ family to notify the nurse of any change in patient
Documents all instructions given to patient/ family.
Expected Outcomes Objective: The associate will successfully demonstrate knowledge and skills in
performing all appropriate care for the pediatric asthma patient.
Demonstrates ability to give age specific care to the pediatric patient
and his family.
Reviews NICU policy # S-2-6085-VI related to the care of these patients.