Date of Paper/Work
Master of Arts in Nursing
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
Henson-Evertz, Kelly Jean, "Affecting Change in Tobacco Dependence through Nursing Education" (2011). Master of Arts/Science in Nursing Scholarly Projects. 27.