Date of Award


Degree Name

Nursing (D.N.P.)


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Karen Burritt, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Second Advisor

Della Hughes-Carter, DNP, RN, BC-GNP

Third Advisor

Kathryn Speeter, DNP, A-GPCNP, BC, MM, CPHQ


Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Billions of dollars are lost yearly in direct and indirect healthcare costs as well as lost work productivity due to smoking. While smoking rates have declined among those of the general population, they remain high among those with serious mental illness (SMI). Many of those with SMI desire to quit and are able to quit smoking when they are provided with appropriate interventions and resources. It is recommended for those with SMI to receive combined interventions in the form of pharmacotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to help them quit. This Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project is a quality improvement and evidence-based practice initiative to develop and implement a group smoking treatment program within a Midwestern community mental health organization.

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