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Virtual learning placement - Respiratory

Welcome to this virtual placement on respiratory, in association with the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists and British Lung Foundation

This virtual learning placement was built in response to comments from student nurses about a lack of respiratory placements during their course. The content will be updated regularly and we're keen to hear what you think and what you'd like to see - use the form at the end to send us your feedback.

We've pulled together blogs and advice from respiratory nurse specialists, found out more about possible career pathways for those with an interest in respiratory, and our experts have answered your questions and concerns.

Please feel free to explore using the links below, and don't miss the 'Resources' and 'Video series' tabs on the right.


Getting started:


Asthma video series

In these six short videos, Deirdre Siddaway, ARNS committee member, talks us through how to provide a structured asthma review
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Factors affecting patient outcomes in acute non-invasive ventilation Subscription

The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death undertook a study to ascertain aspects of care that could be improved for patients receiving non-invasive ventilation

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Every breath you take: the process of breathing explainedSubscription

Breathing is central to life, as it allows the human body to obtain the energy it needs to sustain itself and its activities. But how does it work?

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Using specialist teams to diagnose breathlessness in primary care Subscription

Partnership working between general practice and specialist respiratory teams can improve the management of patients with undiagnosed breathlessness. This project was shortlisted for the HRH Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches, Nursing Times Awards 2016


Spirometry: technical overview and new training and certification requirementsSubscription

Spirometry is widely used to diagnose and monitor respiratory diseases, but requires specific skills and knowledge. A national register is being created which will feature all appropriately trained and/or certified practitioners

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Nurses’ role in improving outcomes for patients with severe asthmaSubscription

Severe asthma can be countered by adequate assessment, support and treatment both in primary care and in specialist centres. This article is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it

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