Field of Work: Helping nurses quit smoking.
Problem Synopsis: Studies have shown that the nation's 3 million nurses—the largest single group of clinicians in the country—are very effective in helping people stop smoking. Despite their potential, nurses have been an underused resource in tobacco control efforts. The 1995–1996 Current Population Survey showed that smoking prevalence among registered nurses (RNs) was 16.2 percent; among licensed practical nurses (LPNs), it was 30.4 percent. RNs and LPNs had the highest rates of current smoking among all health care professionals. In addition to the challenge of individual nurses who smoke, the nursing profession as a whole had offered limited leadership in the tobacco-control movement.
Synopsis of the Work: In 2003, a team from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Nursing launched Tobacco-Free Nurses, the first national effort created to help nurses quit smoking, provide resources to nurses who want to help their patients quit and promote tobacco control on the agenda of nursing organizations. Partners on this project included the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, American Nurses Foundation/American Nurses Association, the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations and the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses.
From 2003 to 2008, the project team: