The RNQL-HSQ is an exciting new research project that to provide an educational opportunity for hospital based nurses from the UCLA School of Nursing, titled “Registered Nurses Referring to Quitlines: Helping Smokers Quit (RNQL-HSQ)" led by Dr. Linda Sarna (Principal Investigator) and colleagues Dr Stella Bialous, Dr. Marjorie Wells, and Jenny Brook. It is designed to improve nurses' referral of patients who smoke to the Quitline from 8 hospitals in Kentucky and Louisiana.
This study was the first to demonstrate that a nurse-tailored, Web-based intervention to increase nurses’ performance in tobacco dependence treatment was effective, particularly in significantly increasing nurses’ referral to the telephone quitline (Quitline) for smoking cessation. Nurses, the largest group of healthcare professionals, have the potential for an important impact on public health by expanding the number of healthcare professionals who can intervene with hospitalized smokers.
The Tobacco Free Nurses Initiative, funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was the first national program focused on helping nurses to stop smoking.