Nurses, smoking, and the workplace†
Article first published online: 29 DEC 2004
Copyright © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 28, Issue 1, pages 79–90, February 2005
How to Cite
Sarna, L., Bialous, S. A., Wewers, M. E., Froelicher, E. S. and Danao, L. (2005), Nurses, smoking, and the workplace. Res. Nurs. Health, 28: 79–90. doi: 10.1002/nur.20059
This work was performed at the School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles, CA. The authors thank Dr. Leslie Cooper for conducting the focus groups, and Lisa Chang and Wendy Lohman for their assistance with the project. Special thanks to Ann Stall, Ellen Hahn, Lisa Greathouse, Michelle Gaguski, Chris Conner, and Carol Seavolt, the on-site focus group coordinators.
- Issue published online: 29 DEC 2004
- Article first published online: 29 DEC 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 SEP 2004
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Grant Number: 044399
- smoking cessation;
- occupational health
The purpose of this study was to examine attitudes and experiences of nurses regarding smoking and smoking cessation in the workplace. Eight focus groups were conducted with current or former smokers (n = 60). A questionnaire provided information about smoking history. Content analysis revealed six themes: taking breaks, stress and smoking, social support from colleagues, hiding smoking from patients and their families, impact of workplace smoking restrictions, and challenges to smoking cessation in the workplace. Nurses who smoke were perceived as taking more breaks and spending less time with patients than those who do not smoke. These findings document the impact of smoking among nurses in the workplace. Strategies are needed to support smoking cessation efforts of nurses as an important occupational health issue. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 28:79–90, 2005