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A multidisciplinary approach to pulmonary rehabilitation

Developing competencies for any discipline involves describing the skills and knowledge required to provide the services. (1) To benefit the population being served, professional competence involves clinical reasoning and skills, scientific knowledge, and communication skills. (2) The 2010 Clinical Competency Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation (PR) Professionals published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention highlights thirteen primary competencies. These competencies provide a comprehensive knowledge framework for PR health care professionals. (3)

In this podcast Nina Bracken, APN, interviews Dr. Eileen Collins, PhD, RN, an expert in the field of Pulmonary Rehabilitation and exercise interventions to increase exercise tolerance in patients with chronic disease including COPD, diabetes and renal failure.  Dr. Collins discusses the multi-disciplinary approach to Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs for patients with chronic lung disease as well as the most recently published competency guidelines.
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Nina Bracken, APN, ACNP-BC
Nursing Assembly Web Committee

Kathy Abode, RN, MPH
Nursing Assembly Web Committee

Dr. Eileen Collins, PhD, RN


  1. Wright D. The Ultimate Guide to Competency Assessment in Health Care. 3rd ed. Minneapolis, MN: Creative Health Care Management, Inc; 2005.

  2. Epstein RM, Hundert EM. Defining and assessing professional competence. JAMA. 2002;287:226–235.

  3. Collins, E. et. al. Clinical Competency Guidelines for Pulmonary Rehabilitation Professionals: Position Statement of the American Association Of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. JCRP. 2014; 34(5):291-302.

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