Physician Assistant M.S.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Hanson, Christy


Cigarette smoking is a dangerous addiction that affects over 45 million Americans. Smoking has been proven to cause a variety of diseases that result in about 480,000 U. S. deaths per year. Healthcare workers have the ability and responsibility to assist patients in smoking cessation; however, a significant number of healthcare workers also participate in cigarette smoking. Studies have shown that healthcare workers with higher levels of education are less likely to smoke; physicians are less likely to smoke than registered nurses, who are less likely to smoke than licensed practical nurses. There is a lack of research done on the incidence on certified nursing assistants' smoking rates. The purpose of this research study is to determine the incidence of smoking among RN and CNAs and identify variables that may influence smoking rates among these two groups. Researchers also aimed to assess RN and CNAs' knowledge and confidence in educating patients about smoking cessation. To fulfill this purpose, researchers distributed a paper survey to RNs and CNAs working in a birthing center of a suburban Minnesota hospital.

Degree Name

Masters of Science in Physician Assistant

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

Included in

Primary Care Commons