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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.
- 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.
- Contact hours will be awarded for up to one (1) year from the date the course is ordered.
- 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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