On January 21 the McMaster School of Nursing (SON) hosted a free, day-long workshop for nursing students to become champions for smoking cessation.
The workshop was offered by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and Hamilton Public Health Services, and was attended by over 60 students from the McMaster University, Conestoga College, and Mohawk College sites of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN)
The RNAO had contacted Assistant Professor Tracey Jewiss to see if the School would be interested in hosting the workshop.
"Considering we introduce smoking cessation in the BScN curriculum in Level I it would help translate their learning into practice,' said Jewiss. "The students could become champions for smoking cessation with their patients, families and friends."
At the event students learned proven effective smoking cessation counseling techniques and intervention strategies for dealing with patients. They also received tools and resources to help with implementation of evidence-based practice, and gained access to a network of best practice guideline champions for ongoing consultation and
Workshop officials said they were "impressed with the level of interest demonstrated by McMaster students."
Nurses see a large number of clients affected by the negative health consequences of tobacco use. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, smoking contributes to more than 37,000 deaths a year in Canada, and almost 6,300 non-smokers die each year from exposure to second-hand smoke. If current rates of tobacco use continue, approximately one million Canadians will die over the next 20 years as a direct result of smoking and second-hand smoke.