Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2019

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. Kristi Frisbee, DNP, RN;

Second Advisor

Dr. Karen Johnson PhD, NP-C, CNE;

Third Advisor

Dr. Chris Spera, PhD;


Youth e-cigarette use has increased significantly in recent years. E-cigarette use has many negative health effects supported by the literature including increased risk of respiratory infections, nicotine addiction, and the potential for cancer. E-cigarette screening creates an opportunity for patient education and counseling, as well as potentially decreases e-cigarette use. However, healthcare providers do not regularly screen adolescents for e-cigarette use. According to previous studies, the main barrier to e-cigarette screening is healthcare providers’ knowledge regarding e-cigarette health effects. This project sought to increase healthcare providers’ intent to screen for e-cigarette use in the adolescent population, through the provision of an educational offering which highlighted the literature to date regarding e-cigarette health effects. Healthcare providers were recruited in collaboration with the University of Kansas Area Health Education Center. Participants’ e-cigarette screening practices were measured before, after, and six-weeks following the educational offering. According to the findings, the study indicated that improving providers’ e-cigarette knowledge led to an increased provider intent to screen for e-cigarette use, increased provider willingness to provide patient educational materials, and increased provider inclination to counsel against e-cigarette use, which could ultimately lead to decreased e-cigarette use in the adolescent population.