The Respiratory Nurse in Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Vanessa M. McDonaldEmail author
  • Mary Roberts
  • Kerry Inder


The respiratory nurse has an important role in the assessment and delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation. The training, expert knowledge, and skills of respiratory nurses allow them undertake multidimensional assessment and to work with patients to tailor specific therapeutic interventions and to coordinate the delivery of person centered care.

Respiratory nurses in particular have an important role in the provision of patient education and self-management, symptom management and monitoring, and primary and secondary prevention strategies to improve health and prevent deterioration.

The role of the respiratory nurse in symptom, comorbidity, exacerbation, and medication management is outlined in this chapter. Further highlighted is the role of the respiratory nurse in adherence assessment and management, inhaler technique assessment and correction and smoking cessation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanessa M. McDonald
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Mary Roberts
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Kerry Inder
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Nursing and MidwiferyThe University of NewcastleNew LambtonAustralia
  2. 2.Centre of Excellence for Severe AsthmaThe University of NewcastleNew LambtonAustralia
  3. 3.Priority Research Centre for Healthy LungsThe University of NewcastleNew LambtonAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Respiratory and Sleep MedicineWestmead HospitalWestmeadAustralia
  5. 5.Ludwig Engel Centre of Respiratory ResearchWestmeadAustralia
  6. 6.Westmead Institute for Medical ResearchWestmeadAustralia

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