Nurses, when properly educated, make a significant difference in the tobacco epidemic through evidence based tobacco dependence treatment and tobacco control advocacy. Experience from several countries demonstrates that a combination of Training-of-Trainers (ToT) and web-based educational programs is effective in increasing nurses’ intervention with patients who smoke. Portuguese nurses have limited access to these educational resources due to language barriers, thus, the primary goal of this project is fill this educational gap and build capacity among Portuguese nurses for evidence-based cessation interventions in clinical practice. A secondary goal is to strengthen partnerships between Portuguese nursing associations with regional and international nursing organizations to grow and sustain nurses’ engagement in tobacco control. The objectives of this project are to support 50-100 nurses who attend a ToT workshop on tobacco dependence treatment in implementing educational programs in their own institution to reach another 500 nurses; to recruit 300 nurses for an online education program and assess its impact in increasing the proportion of Portuguese nurses self-reporting “always/usually” assessing patients’ tobacco use and assisting with quitting; and to support Portuguese nursing organizations to engage in tobacco control and strengthen their national and regional tobacco control networking. Changes in nursing practice will be measured through pre- and post education surveys, and follow up and technical assistance to nurses attending the ToT workshops. Results will be disseminated through peer reviewed publications and presentations at professional meetings. All educational materials will be available, free of charge, to all nurses in Portugal, and all Portuguese-speaking nurses.
Building Capacity of Portuguese Nurses to be Tobacco Control Champions (Category 1)
International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC)
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