RNAO is excited about this new smoking cessation workshop series focused on the specialized population of pre and postnatal women and their families. This workshop has been developed to enhance knowledge and skill fur nurses and other health care providers in primary care settings where pregnant and postpartum women who identify as tobacco dependent access care. The workshop will be hosted by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge Distric Health Unit at no cost to participants with funding provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Participants will receive a number of new RNAO resources including a wallet card on smoking cessation with evidence-based content provided by RNAO, Motherisk and Smokers' Helpline. Additionally RNAO "Quit Kits" will be provided for participants' clients.
Workshop curriculum will highlight a new resource by Best Start Resource Centre to provide the best practices on supporting pregnant and postpartum women who are tobacco dependent. Curriculum will focus on knowledge and skill enhancement. Using a woman-centered lens we will examine personal attitudes and judgments regarding mothers who smoke to increase awareness and reduce stigma. In addition, we will practice motivational interviewing techniques using scripted dialogue and case scenarios, discuss how an interdisciplinary team approach can be used for this specialized population and learn more about counseling pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on the safety and risks associated with nicotine replacement therapy and cessation medications.
The workshops will be co-facilitated by an expert in smoking cessation.
Dawn Cole is a public health nurse from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Public Health with the Reproductive and Child Health Team.
Dawn received certification in Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and health (TEACH) in 2011. At KFL+A Public Health Dawn coordinates and delivers Take Control Baby Steps, a tobacco cessation program for women in the perinatal period and their partners. Dawn spearheaded the 2013 resource "Reach 'n Teach: Supporting pre- and postnatal women and their families who use tobacco" in collaboration with the TCAN East Pre/Postnatal working group and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Dawn is actively involved in educating staff and clients about tobacco cessation.
This workshop will be offered at the following other locations in Ontario:
- New Liskeard - Monday, October 20,2014
- Sudbury - Wednesday, October 22, 2014
- Owen Sound - Wednesday, November 12, 2014
- Barrie - Friday November, 14,2014
- Cornwall - Wednesday, January 14, 2015
- Kingston - Friday January 16, 2015
Traveling to attend a workshop
Nurses who must travel to attend an introductory workshop or advanced session may be eligible to receive reimbursement for travel expenses.
To apply for reimbursement, you must fill out a travel reimbursement request form and submit it BEFORE the workshop (form provided upon
request after registration).
If approved, you will be required to submit receipts and other relevant documents following the workshop. Please note that reimbursement generally takes 3-6 weeks following receipt of your expense claim.
Travel Reimbursement is made possible through funding from the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.