Document Type

DNP Project


School of Nursing

Date of Degree

Spring 2018


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Primary Advisor

Christine Pintz PhD RN FNP-BC, FAANP; Lynn Miller DNP, NP


Background: The prevalence of Canadian smokers is 14.6%. Clark’s Harbour and Shelburne’s rate of smoking increased from 15.6% in 2012 to 19.4% in 2015 (Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, 2015). It was imperative that innovative ways be found to reduce the smoking prevalence.

Objectives: 1) Identify a difference in the participants’ Stages of Change before and after completing the smoking cessation program. 2) Determine whether the participants quit smoking 3) Assess whether there was satisfaction with the program.

Methods: In this one group pre and post-test design, the participants completed a series of pre and post program questionnaires. The intervention consisted of six weekly meetings with a Discussions in these sessions were informed by guidelines from the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health. There was also a social media page, and email/text messaging. Post-program, participants filled out the same questionnaire, combined with a detailed evaluation.

Results: Ultimately, 10% were in the preparation stage, 60% in contemplation, and 30% of the participants were in the action stage. Fifty percent of the participants had an increase in their smoking self-efficacy score. 30% of the participants had quit smoking. The participants expressed satisfaction with the program.

Conclusions: The participants did alter their stages of change. From 70% in contemplation and 30% in preparation, they moved to 30% in action, 10% in preparation, and 60% in contemplation. 30% of participants did quit. Participants stated that they enjoyed the intervention and that it was ultimately helpful.

Open Access




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