DHHS offers free continuing nursing education course

Jeff Powell, (402) 471-6223,
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Lincoln, Neb. – Recently, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) began offering a free online course that gives Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits to nurses upon completion. The course covers important smoking cessation topics such as smoking cessation myths, vaping and e-cigarette devices, and disparities in tobacco use.

Nurses are on the front lines of healthcare and are often the first healthcare professionals to talk with patients about their health and how to improve their quality of life. Educating nurses about effective approaches to guiding individuals towards a tobacco-free lifestyle could improve many health outcomes.

Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Nurse Practitioners (NPs) can access the free tobacco course for CNE credits or a certificate of completion. CNEs are an important part of a nurse’s ongoing training and education. These courses allow nurses to keep abreast of the latest advances in care and treatment. Nurses are required to achieve a certain number of CNE credits each year.

“DHHS is continually looking for options to help support nurses in Nebraska. They are an essential part of our healthcare system and deserve as much support as possible,” said DHHS CEO Dannette R Smith. “During National Nurses Week, I am especially proud to offer these free services to our frontline workers.

Current topics covered in this course include:

  • Nebraska Medicaid and Quitline Benefits for Smoking Cessation
  • Best Practices for Smoking Cessation Using Medication and Behavioral Support
  • Making the link between the harms of smoking and chronic health problems
  • Smoking cessation for behaviorally healthy populations
  • Vaping and e-cigarette devices: what are they and how do they harm?
  • Conversations for Vaping Screening, Response and Prevention

For more information on these courses, please click here. For additional resources for healthcare providers who help patients quit smoking, please visit QuitNow.NE.gov/Providers. Credits are also available for Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE).

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