Conference 2019 ®Evolution

10-12 April 2019

Marlborough Region
New Zealand

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Georgina Osborn RN, Lecturer at Whitireia

Georgina Osborn RN, Lecturer at Whitireia

Georgina Osborn RN BN MN

Georgina Orsborn (George) is a Senior Nursing lecturer at Whitireia New Zealand, in Porirua. George facilitates the Postgraduate Certificate in PHC Speciality Nursing and teaches across other PG papers. George is also an eLearning developer for CPD@Whitireia, an online portal for continuing professional development courses for nurses and health professionals. George works with a number of clinical partners to create a wide range of tailored eLearning courses on topics such as Cultural Safety, Family Violence, Child Protection, Public Health Nursing, PHC, Simulation and Management of Sepsis.


Title:  Asthma and COPD training in an online environment: A new response to a growing problem

Introduction: The social and economic cost of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in New Zealand is increasing. Nurses are often at the forefront of asthma management and treatment, but the disparate nature of the New Zealand population can make facilitated training impractical.  Whitireia New Zealand and The Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ worked in collaboration to develop four online interactive modules to outline the Adult and Child & Adolescent Asthma Guidelines, designed specifically for healthcare practitioners working across New Zealand. 

Method:  New and existing clinical content was reviewed to create an outline, storyboard and prototype for the four modules: Asthma Fundamentals; Asthma Management; COPD Management; and Health Promoting Practice. The modules were developed using Articulate 360 and accessed via the CPD@Whitireia website.  Following a pilot and evaluation by regional healthcare providers, the modules were launched in May 2017. Participants are required to evaluate the modules on completion, providing quantitative satisfaction ratings and qualitative feedback.  Qualitative data were the subject of thematic analysis in order to inform future development of the modules.

Results: Of the 52 participants who completed all four modules between June 2017 and November 2018, 96% had prior knowledge of respiratory disease. All participants found the course relevant to their practice, 96% found the online course enjoyable and easy to complete.   Thematic analysis of the qualitative data revealed 6 major themes:  increased confidence; increased knowledge; improve and inform practice; educate patients; educate colleagues; and culturally appropriate care. 

Conclusion: The overwhelmingly positive response to the Asthma and COPD modules illustrates that providing healthcare education in an online environment can be beneficial for both nurses and patients alike.  Modules can be easily updated in response to new medications or clinical guidelines, ensuring that nurses receive the knowledge they need to provide the best possible patient care.


Name of principal Author/ Presenter: George Orsborn

Names of Co- authors/Co- presenters: Teresa Demetriou, Dr Elizabeth Asbury


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