Tobacco dependence treatment education for baccalaureate nursing students

Karen M. Butler, Mary Kay Rayens, Mei Zhang, Lisa Greathouse Maggio, Carol Riker, Ellen J. Hahn

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Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. Nurses are effective interventionists for tobacco dependence treatment but lack the related education. This quasi-experimental study evaluated the impact of the Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation curriculum on baccalaureate nursing students' perceived knowledge, confidence, skills, and opinions related to tobacco dependence treatment. Cohort 1 completed a process evaluation to assess acceptability of the pretraining survey and intervention. Cohort 2 completed pretraining and posttraining surveys. A subsample received a 2-hour intervention, whereas other participants received 6 hours of training. Cohort 1 rated the pretraining survey instrument favorably. In cohort 2, the Rx for Change program had a positive impact on perceived knowledge, confidence, skills, and opinions. Outcomes did not differ based on duration of intervention or students smoking status. Further research related to standardized content for tobacco dependence treatment is indicated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-254
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (all)
  • Education


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