First Advisor

Cullen, Patricia L.

Second Advisor

Finn, Cris


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

56 pages


Research Question: The question for this project is two-fold. Will the participants in the study gain increased knowledge about management of pediatric asthma and will the participants gain confidence in their ability to recognize asthma symptoms and respond appropriately? Purpose: The purpose of this project was to explore the impact of an educational intervention for parents and caretakers of children with asthma which includes the use of a low fidelity manikin simulation session on the outcomes of the families who participate in the project. Methods: The project was a quasi-experimental pre-test post-test quantitative design conducted at a church in Northern Colorado with parents and care takers utilizing a simulation educational modality. The primary outcome measures for the project included results of the pre-test post-test comparison and demonstration of skills utilizing a low fidelity manikin. Outcomes and Results: The paired samples t-test revealed statistical significance supporting that the educational intervention increased the knowledge base of the participant as measured by the comparison of the aggregate scores of the pre-test to the post-test, t (-3.651), p<0.022. This project provides a framework for future studies involving the use of technology based educational offerings with parents and caretakers. Enhanced health knowledge should provide better child health management.

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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