Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Ceasing tobacco use benefits smokers regardless of age; therefore, it is essential for health care providers to consistently identify smokers and offer evidence-based cessation treatments to those wanting to stop smoking as a proactive approach towards tobacco abstinence. The purpose of this doctoral project, which was underpinned by the knowledge-to-action framework, was to educate nurse practitioners about evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions and assess the impact of the education on their knowledge base, skills, and self-confidence in implementing tobacco-cessation protocols. Participants (n = 14) completed a knowledge-based questionnaire and the Skills and Confidence for Smoking Cessation Tool before and after an education intervention based on the Rx for Change program. Paired sample t-tests were completed to analyze the pretest and posttest results. The results indicated a statistically significant increase (p < .05) in perceived knowledge, skills, and confidence among nurse practitioners related to tobacco cessation education. These findings support the use of tobacco cessation education for nurse practitioners to improve this aspect of care and provide patients with effective interventions to improve quit rates. The impact of this project on positive social change includes fostering a healthier lifestyle for tobacco users that extends to family and community.