Date Degree Awarded
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)
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Second Committee Member
Suzanne Lefever, M.S., R.N., C.R.N.P
smoking cessation, pregnancy, smoking, neonatal, fetus
Intrauterine exposure to nicotine is one of the largest modifiable risk factors for infant morbidity and mortality. Previous progress toward decreasing the number impacted by intrauterine nicotine exposure has recently plateaued. While guidelines for assisting pregnant women to stop smoking are available, few providers have a formalized protocol in place. This project will evaluate most current research evidence regarding smoking cessation during pregnancy in order to develop a formalized protocol for implementation in an obstetric clinic in Southwest Ohio. Reviewed literature was summarized and level of evidence was established. Recommendations were made and categorized as strong, moderate, and weak. The information was compiled into a formalized protocol with hand outs and disseminated to select obstetric providers in Southwest Ohio.
Ruhlman, Katherine J., "Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: An Evidence Based Practice Protocol" (2015). Master of Science in Nursing Evidence-Based Practice Projects. 9.
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