Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation

Although the prevalence of tobacco use in the general population has decreased over the past several decades, the numbers of people living with psychiatric and/or substance use disorders that use tobacco remains alarmingly high. Since the creation of our Tobacco Dependence Council in 2008, APNA has fostered the development and dissemination of many resources to educate our workforce and assist psychiatric-mental health nurses in prioritizing and providing evidence-based tobacco dependence interventions with those they serve. In an effort to extend this work and further mobilize grass roots smoking cessation initiatives, we are again partnering with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center to support innovative strategies aimed at decreasing tobacco use in this vulnerable population. Fashioned after the SAMHSA/SCLC 100 Pioneers for Smoking Cessation program, all APNA members were eligible to apply to be part of the new Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation. 14 applicants with the most promising strategies were selected to receive an honorarium of $1,000 and complimentary registration to the APNA 28th Annual Conference, October 22-25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The 14 Champions have committed to participating in one of the orientation conference calls on January 23rd and 24th and at least 2 training webinars. Each Champion will also submit a brief final progress report at the end of 6 months.

Meet our Champions!
Announcing the 13 members of the Virtual Nursing Academy of APNA Champions for Smoking Cessation.

Program Goals

  • Provide training and technical assistance to Champions to increase understanding and skills in delivering effective tobacco cessation strategies
  • Implement or enhance existing tobacco cessation services using evidence-based practices
  • Implement or improve upon tobacco-free environments
  • Prepare students to proficiently provide evidence-based tobacco cessation interventions
  • Ensure that consumers and staff have access to tobacco cessation services and supports to promote health and wellness
  • Establish partnerships between behavioral health, primary care, and/or nicotine cessation organizations to increase available tobacco cessation resources in communities


December 16:  Application Deadline
January 17:  Notifications sent to applicants
January 21:  Collection of baseline evaluation data from recipients
January 23-24:  Orientation conference calls  (times to be determined)
March 4:  Annual Conference Abstract Submission Deadline
April, May, July:  Training webinars  (dates tentative)
September 1:  Final progress reports due
October 22-25:  APNA 28th Annual Conference

We are no longer accepting applications at this time.


  • You must hold a current active APNA membership in order to apply.
  • Award cannot be used to retroactively fund previously completed activities.
  • Orientation conference calls will take place on January 23 & 24, 2014 (times to be determined). APNA Champions must participate in one of the scheduled calls.
  • Evaluation data will be collected at baseline (January 21) and at the conclusion of the project (included in the final progress report due on September 1).


All applications must be submitted via the online application form. Any submissions outside of this process will not be considered.

** For details on what will be included, check out the application walk-through. **

Project Proposal Information:

Your application score will be based on your responses to the proposal information below, broken out into 3 main sections:

  1. Describe your proposed change project.
    1. What is your project idea? Describe the main activities that comprise your project.  (maximum 250 words)
    2. Whom will your project serve?  (maximum 250 words)
    3. How will you achieve this change, and if relevant, when, where, and how often will it take place?  (maximum 250 words)
  2. Describe the anticipated impact of your project.  (maximum 500 words)
  3. Describe who will make this project happen and how you will measure your impact.
    1. Who will lead this project and who will participate in making it happen?  (maximum 150 words)
    2. What partnerships with other organizations or individuals will help this project succeed?  (maximum 150 words)
      1. Letter of support from participating organization(s)  (document upload) -- if applicable
    3. How will you measure the impact of your change?  (maximum 250 words)

Questions regarding program design or evaluation can be directed to Daryl Sharp at

Evaluation Data:

Evaluation data will be collected at baseline (January 21) and at the conclusion of the project (included in the final progress report due on September 1). Information includes:

  • Number of clients served
  • Number of nurses (RNs and APRNs) delivering cessation interventions
  • Number and types of providers (other than RNs and/or APRNs)
  • Number of organizations involved in the initiative
  • Number of units within the organization/agency in the initiative


For further information or with questions, please contact APNA at 855-863-2762 or Lisa Nguyen at


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