Date of Paper/Work

2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Roberta Hunt

Abstract

More than 20% of the population in the United Sates (U.S.) is tobacco dependent.

Tobacco abuse is a chronic relapsing condition that requires intervention with effective tobacco

dependence treatment such as cessation education, counseling, and medication. Nurses are on

the frontline of patient care education, and have the potential to be effective change agents in

tobacco dependence. A literature review found a consistent lack of (a) standardized tobacco

education curricula in nursing programs, (b) student tobacco cessation knowledge, (c) selfefficacy,

(d) clinical experience with tobacco dependent patients, and (e) undergraduate nursing

faculty beliefs, values, or perceptions. Recommendations call for instituting universal

standardized tobacco education in U.S. nursing curricula, further research, and anti-tobacco

advocacy.

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