Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Educational Resources for Nurses

To access physical activity guidelines, please visit the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CESP) available at:

To access Canada’s Food Guide and related tools/information, please visit the Food and Nutrition section of the Health Canada website

For additional resources on the use of non-pharmacological interventions for the management of asthma, including complementary therapies, please refer to the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website (

For access to written instructions for inhaler devices and inhaler device instruction mastery sheets, visit The Lung Association—Saskatchewan’s website ( Tutorial videos demonstrating correct techniques for a variety of inhalers, and for spacer devices, may be viewed at To download RESPTRECTM resource sheets, visit


For access to written instructions for inhalation devices, visit The Lung Association—Ontario’s website at

The Inhaler Device Assessment Tool ([IDAT] Davies et al., 2006) is a checklist that nurses can use to ensure that the essential steps of inhaler device techniques are performed accurately and that the delivery of medication is optimized. The IDAT has been validated in children with asthma (Davies et al., 2006) and adults with COPD (Woodend et al., 2007). The IDAT user guide is available to download at:

 For access to a respiratory medication chart of medications currently available in Ontario and information regarding Ontario Drug Benefit, Exceptional Access, and Non-Insured Health Benefits coverage, please visit The Lung Association—Ontario’s website at:

For detailed information regarding indications, contraindications, adverse events, and administration of specific medications, please search the Health Canada Drug Product Database:

Chronic Disease
Adult Asthma Care Guidelines for Nurses: Promoting Control of Asthma
Client and Family Education