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Tobacco Cessation Education for Advanced Practice Nurses

Whitehead, Diane PhD, DNP, RN; Zucker, Steven B. DMD, MEd; Stone, Jennifer DNP, APRN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000056
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The predicted shortfall of primary care physicians and the millions of newly insured beginning in 2014 call for an increase in the number of advanced practice nurses (APRNs). Advanced practice nurses can significantly improve their clients’ quality of life and increase their life expectancy through tobacco cessation education. The purpose of this study was to educate APRN students on smoking information and techniques to assist clients with quitting smoking in the primary care setting.

Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Whitehead), College of Nursing; Associate Dean (Dr Zucker), Director Area Health Education Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine; Assistant Professor (Dr Stone), College of Nursing, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Whitehead, Nova Southeastern University, 3200 South University Dr, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328 (dwhitehe@nova.edu).

Accepted for publication: April 5, 2014

Published ahead of print date: May 23, 2014

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