Asthma Knowledge and Skills Tests. dPAS II Component Five Elizabeth L. Thomas MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN DSNA, November, 2012. What are we doing?. Selecting the condition of asthma as a focus for health promotion
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dPAS II Component Five
Elizabeth L. Thomas
MEd, RN, NCSN, FNASN
DSNA, November, 2012
Selecting the condition of asthma as a focus for health promotion
Measuring knowledge and skills with the notion that healthy students are better learners
Using a written test with skills demonstration followed by health education to improve student knowledge and skills
WHY? A GOAL of improved health (and a higher score on the post test)
School Nurse may choose to administer a different level test to students based on developmental age
Total of 100 possible points//10 MC for 3 points and
10 skills for 7 points
Maybe all students in a grade with HCP documented asthma?
Maybe all students in a grade who have RX meds in school for asthma?
Maybe all students in whole school with above?
Maybe only students who have multiple visits for asthma symptoms in previous month?
School Nurse Decision-But must be cohort of 10-150 students
Schedule the pretest with the teacher
CONSISTENCY is key
Assure appropriate level for student
Ten multiple choice questions may be administered by another staff member prn.
Questions may be read to student.
Item Tag and codes will be useful for research
Demo of skills should closely follow MC
Must be assessed by School Nurse using rubric provided
7 possible points for each skill
Must be done 1:1 as soon as possible after the written test
Remember to be consistent!!!
Item tag found after each test item:
Example is 0001.AS.3-5.Pre.MC-LV2-TP
LV1, LV2, LV3 indicate depth of knowledge
Last letter indicates area of knowledge and skill set
D=definition or description
S=Symptoms TP=Treatment Plan
Q=Equipment HS=Health Status
Suggest that parents be notified of student learning opportunity around chronic condition
Must last at least four weeks
Must be consistent for whole cohort
May include parent information packets
Use your skills, ingenuity and creativity
SN: Scope and Standards (2011) Standard 5b
Ten MC worth three points each= 30 points
Ten Skills Demos worth seven points each=70 points
Potential score = 100 points
# Students showing improvement
Total # of Students in Cohort
% of cohort growth (improvement)
50% is acceptable student growth-Need ½ of cohort to improve
8 students show improved score = 80%
10 students in cohort
Remember—if pre test and post test are 100%, maintaining 100% is considered improvement!
Compare the pre and post tests using the codes
Determine if knowledge questions or skills demos are problematic
Revise education plan as appropriate
compare cohort to control group
compare absences due to asthma pre/post intervention
compare GPA pre/post
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