More smoking cessation training for nurses.
Subject: Nurses (Training)
Smoking cessation programs
Online education
Pub Date: 02/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Feb, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 280 Personnel administration
Product: Product Code: 8000142 Antismoking Programs; 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 62142 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers; 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 219898127
Full Text: Smoking-related diseases are the single leading cause of preventable deaths in New Zealand, 12 times the annual road toll, according to Ministry of Health acting deputy director-general capability and innovation directorate, Ashley Bloomfield.

Bloomfield believes that not to offer nicotine replacement therapy to smokers in hospital should be recorded as a serious or sentinel event. Although this would greatly increase the number of such events reported in the health system, it could potentially save many lives.

Bloomfield was addressing the inaugural meeting of the Nurses for a Smokefree Aotearoa/ New Zealand's (NSFANZ) expert advisory group in Wellington in early December. This was attended by 15 delegates from 11 nursing groups who had come together to discuss how nurses can be supported to complete ABC smoking cessation intervention training ( and to deliver interventions. So far 5000 health professionals have completed the e-learning programme, which provides nurses with the information they need to initiate and deliver interventions.

Former Chief Nurse Mark Jones outlined how district health boards (DHBs) had performed against the government's health target of providing better help for smokers to quit. The health target aims to have 80 percent of hospitalised smokers provided with advice and help to quit by July this year. This percentage will rise over the next two years. "Nurses are instrumental in helping DHBs reach this target if they perform a smoking cessation intervention each time they encounter a client who smokes," said Jones.


The advisory group, which includes NZNO representatives Diana Hart from Auckland, Pacific nurses' section treasurer 'Eseta Finau and Te Runanga kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku, debated what further tools and resources their organisations would need to assist their members in their learning about, and delivery of interventions. Each representative undertook to take these suggestions back to their organisations for ratification and implementation, and to report back on what initiatives had been put in place to achieve the purpose of this first meeting.

Tobacco use among Maori

Submissions to the Maori Affairs Select Committee's inquiry into the tobacco industry and the consequences of tobacco use for Maori closed at the end of last month. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death among Maori, accounting for 600 of the 5000 deaths in New Zealand each year from smoking-related diseases. A copy of NZNO's submission to the select committee is available on the website
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