246966 Environmental Health: A newfound variable for nursing research

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Laura Anderko, RN, PhD , School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Wade G. Hill, PhD, APRN, BC , College of Nursing, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM , 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
Environmental health is a relatively new content area for nursing and, by extension, new to most nurse researchers. Currently, many graduate nursing students who are interested in environmental health lack expert faculty support. In order to increase nursing capacity in this area a new initiative was developed to bring nurse researchers together to co-mentor each other to develop their research ideas, explore environmental health research methods, discover existing datasets and analytical tools, and review each others' grant proposals. The process included an in-person, retreat-style meeting following by technology-enhanced communication. This type initiative helps to create capacity at the same time that it creates a supportive community of researchers. In turn this new cohort of researchers will be available to mentor future graduate students who are interested in environmental health. In this presentation both the research areas and this unique process of engaging researchers will be discussed.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe a new initiative to bring together nursing researchers in order to increase nursing capacity in environmental health research.

Keywords: Nurses, Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Co-chair of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE) Research Workgroup, Vice-President of the ANHE board, and over 25 years experience in Environmental Health Nursing
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.