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Blog spotlight: Should nurses be the ones to help patients stop smoking?

Nurse Leader Insider, July 26, 2010

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Not being a nurse, I’ve never really thought about what happens when patients are admitted to the hospital and they are smokers. However, this is something that nurses and healthcare providers have to deal with all the time, and a recent survey says that many are not offering patients any help with quitting.

The survey, published in the July issue of Nicotine & Tobacco Research current.dtl , finds that nurses and healthcare professionals often do not provide information to help patients kick the habit because they feel they lack training in smoking cessation interventions and that it is not part of their professional responsibilities, among other things.

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