• Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technicians
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): S. Allison Bernard, RN, MSN, DNP
Peer Reviewer(s): Patricia Hojnowski-Diaz, MS, MBA, RN
Item#: N1614
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)
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Smoking Cessation and Tobacco Use Dependency: Treatment, Challenges, and Guidelines for Healthcare Providers

Price $16.95
Item # N1614
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Expiration Date: January 31, 2018

Tobacco use is an enormous problem and health burden for people worldwide. Although the prevalence of smoking in the United States has essentially stalled at approximately 20% of the population since 2010, there has been an increase in the use of smokeless tobacco products. As a result, along with targeting individuals who use smokeless tobacco products, healthcare professionals must redouble their efforts to intervene with all patients who continue to smoke. The purpose of this course is to explain smoking cessation for the healthcare professional and to outline evidence-based treatment guidelines for individuals who smoke. This course will present the prevalence of smoking of combustible tobacco and use of smokeless tobacco products, as well as the pathophysiology of nicotine addiction and the health risks of tobacco use and tobacco exposure. The effects of nicotine on human physiology and the implications of nicotine dependency and withdrawal will be examined. Techniques for tobacco use intervention will be described in detail, including the pharmacotherapy used in tobacco cessation both for the smoking of combustible tobacco and the use of smokeless tobacco. In addition, challenges for individuals trying to quit smoking will be discussed. 

Course Objectives
  • Describe the prevalence of smoking in the United States.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of nicotine addiction.
  • Identify the health risks of smoking.
  • Describe treatment methods for smoking cessation.
  • Explain nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
  • Describe barriers associated with cessation of tobacco use.
S. Allison Bernard, RN, MSN, DNP, received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from Seattle University, and went on to earn her master of science degree in nursing and doctorate in nursing practice from Northeastern University in Boston. She is currently an associate professor in nursing at Regis College in Weston, MA. She was previously director of medical surgical nursing at the Metro West Medical Center in Framingham, MA; nurse manager of bariatric medical/surgery and acute care rehabilitation at the Boston Medical Center; and nurse manager in the Oncology/Medical Unit at the Signature Healthcare Hospital in Brockton, MA. Dr. Bernard has taught various aspects of nursing at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; Roxbury Community College, in Boston; Framingham State College, Framingham, MA; and Simmons College, Boston. She is the author and co-author of several research papers and has presented at conferences and hospitals in the Boston area. She is an international member of Sigma Theta Tau.
Patricia Hojnowski-Diaz, MS, MBA, RN, is a registered nurse in Florida and Massachusetts. She earned her master of science and master of business administration, as well as her bachelor of science, at Northeastern University. Ms. Hojnowski-Diaz most recently served as the director of quality & patient safety and the accreditation program at Lawrence General Hospital in Lawrence, MA, and was awarded the Partners in Excellence Award by the Massachusetts General Hospital Universal Protocol Team and Champions in Excellence Team. Ms. Hojnowski-Diaz has dedicated her career to quality and patient safety in acute care, outpatient services, and home healthcare settings, with a focus on developing highly effective teams and staff to build collaborative cross-organizational relationships.
  • Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from date of purchase or through the expiration date indicated above, whichever date comes first.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.