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Digital Seminar

Pediatric Respiratory Conditions: Challenges in Managing Upper versus Lower Airways

Stephen Jones, MS, RN, PNP, ET
2 Hours 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jul 13, 2023
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Digital Seminar


Children are not small adults, and infants are not small children. Each are unique and require different interventions and treatment modalities. In today’s managed care and “decreased length of stay” environment, it is imperative that nurses and other healthcare providers in all health care settings-from home to primary care to acute care-be prepared to identify and intervene with respiratory situations as early as possible.

Secondary to both anatomical and physiological etiologies, children with respiratory conditions may present with acute illnesses, flare-ups of chronic conditions or life-threatening complications. As an example: the latest statistics indicate that about 1 in 10 children in the United States have a diagnosis of asthma. Rapid assessment and immediate intervention is oftentimes vital; yet long term chronic mismanagement can lead to significant issues. You will learn practical strategies to integrate symptomology and appropriate diagnostics into your differential diagnosis; enhance your ability to pinpoint etiology by understanding the inter-relationship of respiratory signs and symptoms; and to differentiate when to treat “cause” versus “symptom.”

This seminar will provide you with the knowledge you need to manage numerous respiratory conditions that are the cause for children seeking health care, and oftentimes hospitalization. You will receive the latest information on:

  • Traditional, improved and new medications and devices
  • Urgent and emergent management and interventions
  • Distinguishing between the “linked” airway disorders that determine upper versus lower airway etiology and manifestations

Your speaker Stephen Jones will discuss some of the pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for upper and lower respiratory conditions. He will help you identify the role of appropriate oxygen therapy in numerous situations, and to understand PFT’s and various technologies that are utilized when managing children with pulmonary issues. Discover what the pulse oximeter really signifies! Stephen’s long-standing passion for optimal pediatric care will be evident throughout this presentation.

His vast experiences and clinical management of these children will be shared, in a professional, educational yet fun learning experience. He is excited to share his wealth of knowledge, and help spread the “evidence based” word! In this endeavor, Stephen will provide the skills and knowledge for you to improve the outcomes of these children, and minimize negative sequalae. We know that you will find him positive, upbeat, energetic, full of evidence based information, practical, motivating, humorous, and willing to go the extra mile to make this program as success!

TOP 5 PROBLEMS this program will seek to solve:

  1. Gain an understanding of the manifestations of upper and lower respiratory conditions.
  2. Learn the evidence behind the recommended management guidelines.
  3. Describe and examine the step management for asthma.
  4. Identify appropriate non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions for respiratory conditions
  5. Prevent misuse of non-evidence-based interventions


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - **

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

Continuing Education Information:  Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Program content is reviewed periodically per accrediting board rules for currency and appropriateness for credit. Credit approvals are subject to change. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self-study is an acceptable form of continuing education, as well as which credit types are acceptable for continuing education hours. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. 
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see the statement above.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

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Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses - Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

This self-study program offers 30 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 0.5 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement. 

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 contact hours. Expires: 03/28/2026.

Nurses - California Nurses

PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 2.0 self-study contact hours. 

** You will need to provide your license number to PESI. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Physicians - Physicians

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 07/13/2023. It was last reviewed on 06/09/2023 and is valid until 06/09/2026.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Physicians Assistants - Physician Assistants

AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME such as PESI. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 2.0 hours for completing this self-study program. This activity was originally recorded on 07/13/2023. It was last reviewed on 06/09/2023 and is valid until 06/09/2026


PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 2.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

Respiratory Care Practitioners
This program has been approved for 2.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association for Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100 Irving TX 75063. Course #191608000 . Approval is good until 07/08/2025. Full attendance is required to receive a certificate of successful completion. You will need to provide your AARC Member Number to PESI.



Stephen Jones, MS, RN, PNP, ET's Profile

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Stephen Jones, MS, RN, PNP, ET, is a fulltime Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner and Enterostomal Therapist, practicing at The Children’s Hospital @ Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY. In this multidimensional role, Stephen covers all inpatient pediatric units, including the PICU, as well as the pediatric Pulmonary & Cystic Fibrosis clinic. As an Enterostomal Therapist specializing in infants and children, Steve serves as a resource and consultant around the country. He has published articles in numerous nursing journals, authored chapters in several pediatric textbooks, and presented posters at numerous national conferences. Steve was instrumental in establishing the original pediatric transport team, pediatric critical care courses and pediatric core curriculum at his hospital, and initiation of the pediatric PICC program. In addition to his active and busy clinical practice, he is also the founder and principal of Pediatric Concepts, a company dedicated to providing quality educational programs for healthcare professionals.

Stephen has focused his nursing career entirely in pediatrics, previously serving in various staff positions within the PICU and general pediatric units. He continues to be active in all arenas of pediatric nursing, as well as a member of his local state NP association. Stephen holds undergraduate degrees from Union College and Skidmore College, while his graduate degree is from the University of Rochester. He has been on and continues to participate via speakers bureaus for a variety of pharmaceutical companies and continues to lecture extensively to a diverse audience through North America, including healthcare professionals, as well as parents and families. Steve’s long-standing passion for optimal and evidence-based pediatric care will be evident throughout this presentation. You will find him to be practical, informative, entertaining and motivating.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Stephen Jones is the founder of Pediatric Concepts and has an employment relationship with The Children's Hospital - Albany Medical Center, Albany Medical College and Russell Sage College. He receives a speaker honorarium from Chiesi USA. He is on the advisory board of Chiesi, Novartis, Genentech, Mylan. Stephen Jones receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. All relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations have been mitigated.
Non-Financial: Stephen Jones is a member of The Nurse Practitioner Association of New York State.

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  1. Discuss the importance of the physical exam, history and basic diagnostic tests.
  2. Assess and evaluate the underlying causes and triggers for common upper and lower respiratory conditions.
  3. Differentiate between signs and symptoms, as opposed to the “cause”, for upper and lower respiratory conditions.
  4. Discuss the appropriate utilization of various technologies used with respiratory conditions and their clinical significance.
  5. Recommend appropriate interventions for the child manifesting either an upper or lower respiratory condition.


History taking and physical assessment
  • Developmentally and age appropriate techniques
  • Determining cause versus symptom and the ‘inflammatory response”
  • Differentiating Upper versus Lower respiratory conditions
  • ”5 Fingered assessment”
Non-pharmacological: airway/ENT medications, airway clearance, pulse oximeter
  • Oxygen therapy: devises, flow rates
  • mist/humidification
  • Asthma meds and devised used (MDI/spacer, DPI, nebulizer)
  • Chest physiotherapy; concepts and products
Pharmacological Choices: OTC versus prescription
  • Antimicrobials (anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal)
  • Reactive airways: rescue versus controller medications
  • ”cold and cough” medications
Laboratory Values
  • Significance of numbers
  • CBC, RAST testing, Immunoglobins
Underlying triggers
  • Environmental
  • Infectious
  • Anatomical
  • Hygiene hypothesis
Apnea: central and obstructive

Upper respiratory conditions
  • Pathophysiology of airways
  • Infectious ENT related: sinusitis, tonsillitis
  • Croup and laryngomalacia
  • Evidence based management
Lower respiratory conditions
  • Pathophysiology of airways
  • Infectious: bronchiolitis/RSV and HMV; pneumonia
  • Anatomical: asthma
  • Evidence based management, “step management” for asthma

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • NPs
  • APRNs
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians
  • Respiratory Therapists


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