Using the Rx for change tobacco curriculum in advanced practice nursing education

Frances J. Kelley, Janie Heath, Nancy Crowell

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In today's health care system, nurses, in particular APNs, must be accountable for and driven by quality outcome indicators and performance measures. APN students who have the knowledge and skills to intervene in tobacco-cessation interventions will be in a better position to meet Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations standards for counseling patients who have myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia [17]. Additionally, the integration of tobacco-cessation content into APN programs will meet the academic standards or competencies established by the AACN [18] and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty [19] that focus on health promotion and disease prevention. Implementing curricular change, especially when considering the addition of content, has challenges [20], but nursing faculty must ensure that students receive an education that is relevant for practice and that is evidence based. Six hours of a nursing curriculum intervention, such as the Rx for Change, can go a long way to reduce the prevalence and human costs of smoking. At the very least, nurses should learn more about tobacco, nicotine, and tobacco-cessation counseling at www/; the next patient's life may depend on it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-138
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Care Nursing Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2006

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In an effort to address the lack of tobacco-related curricula content and to provide a more comprehensive approach to teaching smoking-cessation strategies, Georgetown University's School of Nursing and Health Studies received funding from the American Legacy Foundation to develop and implement the Summer Institute for Tobacco Control Practices in Nursing Education as a 2-day intensive train-the-trainer program. As part of the initiative, the school partnered with faculty from the University of California, San Francisco School of Pharmacy for the implementation of the program. The first participants were ACNP faculty from across the country.

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  • Critical Care


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