Nurse Educators' Guide: Tobacco Use and Associated Health Risks


As part of the RNAO Nursing Best Practice Cessation Champions Project, The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is currently developing a Guide aimed at assisting Nurse Educators in integrating smoking cessation content into the curriculum. This publication titled, "Nursing Education Guide: Tobacco Use and Associated Health Risks" is scheduled to be released in summer 2009.

The goals and objectives for the Guide are as follows:


  • Nursing faculty teaching in Ontario nursing education programs will have an appropriate resource to assist with the integration of the Best Practice Guideline (BPG), “Integrating Smoking Cessation Into Daily Nursing Practice”, into curricula.
  • This Guide will contribute to the realization of the potential of the nursing profession in Ontario, to reduce tobacco use and thus morbidity and mortality caused by tobacco.


The following objectives focus on facilitating the integration of education about tobacco use into nursing curricula.

The objectives are to:

  1. Provide nurse educators with a teaching outline of basic components that facilitate educating nurses to use evidence-based practice models of tobacco interventions in nursing, and thus preparing them to fulfill their role in preventing tobacco-related illnesses.
  2. Enhance nurse educators’ awareness of educational resources available to use in the process of educating students about the smoking cessation BPG.
  3. Provide information to nurse educators that will facilitate ways of approaching the issue of nurses and student nurses who smoke.
  4. Assist nurse educators with the preparation of student nurses, so that they will incorporate the smoking cessation BPG standard of care for patients/clients into their clinical practice.
  5. Provide nurse educators with information that will assist with helping student nurses become familiar with the ‘Ottawa Model’ (i.e., a model for primary health care settings)
  6. Encourage leadership in the incorporation of the smoking cessation BPG into nursing curricula.
  7. Facilitate the linking of nursing education with on-campus cessation services and tobacco-related, peer education programs (e.g., Leave The Pack Behind).
  8. Support the integration of smoking cessation services into a variety of clinical practice experiences for student nurses.


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