Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Elizabeth O. Dietz

Second Advisor

Christine Hooper


Pediatric asthma, practice guidelines, theory of reasoned action, compliance, NAEPP


Background: Pediatric asthma morbidity and mortality continues to rise in the United States despite the institution of the National Institute of Health/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's diagnostic and treatment guidelines. This study examines the practices, knowledge and attitudes of California's pediatric and family nurse practitioners regarding the national asthma guidelines. Method: A quantitative mail-in survey of pediatric, pulmonary, emergent, urgent care, and family nurse practitioners was utilized to gather the data regarding the care of pediatric asthma patients. The survey collected demographic data and the NP' s current asthma practices in a Likert scale format. Results: The nurse practitioners currently practicing in California have incorporated the asthma guidelines into their practice. The guidelines were found to be evidence based, useful to practice, and maintained the individuality of patients. Conclusion: Selected nurse practitioners in the study indicated they are staying current with the latest asthma guidelines and the pediatric asthma patients reap the benefits of the asthma guidelines.