245107 New techniques for educating nurses about environmental health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:50 AM

Jeanne M. Leffers, PhD, RN , Community Nursing, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA
Claudia Smith, MPH, PhD, RN , School of Nursing, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Patti Gates-Smith, MSN, RNC-E , PA State Nurses Association, Harrisburg, PA
Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM , Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN , Environmental Health Education Center, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
With the development of an Environmental Health Standard as a requisite element of the American Nurses Association's Scope and Standards of Professional Practice, environmental health is now a part of all nurses' responsibility. In order to prepare nurses in this new content area a number of educational initiatives have been created. The Educational Committee of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments has created a set of core curriculum materials with a range of web-based resources for use by nurses. Environmental health assessment questions have been integrated into simulated Electronic Health Records for use by nursing faculty/students in order to learn about and apply environmental health into nursing assessments. To address the learning needs of nurses in practice, several programs exist. A new iPhone application, GreenRN, provides daily reminders on how practicing nurses can integrate environmental health into their personal and professional activities. A range of topic-specific, nursing conferences have been convened to help nurses learn about regionally-specific environmental health concerns, including a conference on the potential health sequelae of the Gulf Oil spill and the health risks associated with natural gas extraction (fracking). This presentation will describe these and other current educational initiatives that are helping to educate nurses about environmental health.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe educational initiatives to educate nurses on environmental health 2. Identify web-based resources to incorporate environmental health into nursing curricula.

Keywords: Environmental Health, Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a community/public health nursing faculty member and co chair of the ANHE Education workgroup.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.