The primary goal of this project, which will begin September 1, 2016, is to build capacity among nurses in Portugal to deliver evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment in clinical practice. A secondary goal is to strengthen partnerships between national nursing associations within the country and with regional and international nursing organizations to continue to grow, and sustain, nurses’ engagement in tobacco control.
This project, the Eastern Europe Center of Excellence for Nurses in Tobacco control (EE-COE), is a collaboration between the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, UCLA School of Nursing, and partners from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Romania and is based in Prague, Czech Republic. The EE-COE partners have developed, and are currently implementing educational activities in each of the five countries. The goal of this collaboration was to build capacity among nurses in general practice and in oncology to implement evidence-based interventions with all patients who smoke.
The RNQL-HSQ is an exciting new research project that to provide an educational opportunity for hospital based nurses from the UCLA School of Nursing, titled “Registered Nurses Referring to Quitlines: Helping Smokers Quit (RNQL-HSQ)" led by Dr. Linda Sarna (Principal Investigator) and colleagues Dr Stella Bialous, Dr. Marjorie Wells, and Jenny Brook. It is designed to improve nurses' referral of patients who smoke to the Quitline from 8 hospitals in Kentucky and Louisiana.
The EE-HSQ will educate and prepare nurses on advances in tobacco control, through a proposed collaborative project that includes e-learning programs on tobacco control and tobacco cessation; and distribution of Tobacco Cessation Toolkits tailored for nurses in the Czech Republic and Poland. The proposed 2-year project will involve multidisciplinary collaboration to build capacity among nurses in the Czech Republic and Poland to enhance their engagement in tobacco control and thereby cancer prevention.
Educated Chinese RNs could have a significant impact on decreasing tobacco-related morbidity and mortality in China. In response to this overwhelming health problem in China, the impact of The Chinese Registered Nurse-Helping Smokers Quit (CRN-HSQ), an adapted Web- based educational program was developed to improve Chinese nurses’ knowledge and skills in smoking cessation and on increasing nurses’ self-reported frequency of delivery of the 5As to smokers in hospitals.
ecancer and the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) have developed online educational modules to explain the importance of tobacco cessation and advise nurses on the most effective way of supporting patients. Dr Linda Sarna, RN, PhD, FAAN, University of California at Los Angeles, who helped develop the content of the modules commented, ‘This train-the-trainer workshop delivered by Czech nurses is one example of the many ways that nurses can make a difference and reduce cancer. These modules can be accessed from any computer and has been translated to six languages. This program is a valuable resource in providing nurses with the knowledge and skills to help smokers quit’.
This study was the first to demonstrate that a nurse-tailored, Web-based intervention to increase nurses’ performance in tobacco dependence treatment was effective, particularly in significantly increasing nurses’ referral to the telephone quitline (Quitline) for smoking cessation. Nurses, the largest group of healthcare professionals, have the potential for an important impact on public health by expanding the number of healthcare professionals who can intervene with hospitalized smokers.
The Tobacco Free Nurses Initiative, funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was the first national program focused on helping nurses to stop smoking.