Understanding and Managing Inhaler Therapy for Respiratory Conditions- Kristi Kelley

March 19, 2024

Within the healthcare setting, nurses play a crucial role in assisting patients with respiratory conditions, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), in managing their inhaler therapy effectively. Given the prevalence of respiratory diseases and the frequent use of inhalers as primary treatment, it is important for nurses to possess comprehensive knowledge regarding the different types of inhalers, proper usage techniques, medication contents, potential side effects, and strategies for managing these side effects.



Target Audience

This experience and knowledge-based course is intended for Nurses and Social Workers . 

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the different types of inhalers used in the management of respiratory conditions.
2. Demonstrate correct inhaler technique for each type of inhaler.
3. Discuss the medications contained in inhalers and their respective mechanisms of action.
4. Recognize common side effects associated with inhaler therapy.
5. Outline strategies for managing and minimizing inhaler-related side effects.
6. Address patient concerns and questions regarding inhaler therapy.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.20 ABN
    Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy is a Board approved provider of continuing nursing education in Alabama by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1515
  • 1.00 ABSWE
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
03/19/2024 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
03/19/2024 - 10:00am CDT
Baptist Health Foundation Center for Medical and Surgical Care - Princeton Medical Center -
Birmingham, AL
United States

Kristi W. Kelley, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS, BCACP, CDE, BC-ADM is a Clinical Professor at the Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. Dr. Kelley earned both her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (1999) and Doctor of Pharmacy (2000) degrees at the Harrison School of Pharmacy. She completed an ASHP-accredited Primary Care Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2001.

In addition to teaching in her clinical practice, Dr. Kelley is also involved in didactic teaching, service, and scholarship within the School.  Complementing her practice and research interests is Dr. Kelley’s involvement in professional associations, such as the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the Alabama chapter of ASHP (ALSHP), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (ACCP), and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), serving on a variety of committees and holding leadership roles.

While on faculty at Auburn, Dr. Kelley has been honored to receive the Hargreaves Faculty Mentor Award, Roche's Preceptor of the Year, and be recognized as a Preceptor of Excellence four times. Dr. Kelley was part of a three-member team that received the school's inaugural Excellence in Teaching award and were also recognized as the school's representatives at the 2014 AACP Annual Meeting as a "Teacher of the Year." In 2018, Dr. Kelley was again awarded HSOP's Excellence in Teaching award. In 2016, Dr. Kelley was the recipient of ACCP's Education Award.

Dr. Kelley’s scholarship interests include diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and pharmacy education. She has published and presented on these topics at both the regional and national level.  In addition, she has served as invited faculty for ASHP recertification programs and ACCP’s Teaching and Learning Academy/Certificate Program.

Practice Site

Dr. Kelley practices at the Continuity Clinics with Brookwood Baptist Health, Internal Medicine Residency Program in Birmingham, Alabama where she serves as non-physician faculty. She is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing all pharmacy services related to patient care while precepting pharmacy students on ambulatory care rotations. During her time with HSOP, she has established clinical pharmacy services in three outpatient internal medicine clinics in the Birmingham area.

John Shunnarah and Noah Sanford, pharmacy students at Auburn University’s Harrison College of Pharmacy, are assisting with the development and presentation of this program.

PDF icon John Shunnarah CV.pdfPDF icon Noah Sanford CV.pdf

Auburn University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education; credits are recognized nationwide. The program is intended for Nurses and Social Workers. 

Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy is a Board-approved provider of continuing nursing education in Alabama by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1515.

Auburn University Harrison College of Pharmacy is a board-approved provider of continuing education for social workers by the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners. Provider Number: 0643.

Available Credit

  • 1.20 ABN
    Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy is a Board approved provider of continuing nursing education in Alabama by the Alabama Board of Nursing. Provider Number: ABNP1515
  • 1.00 ABSWE


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