247863 Evidence-based case study materials to support the ANA environmental health nursing practice standard

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:30 AM

Ann Backus, MS , NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Core Center, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Jeanne B. Hewitt, PhD RN , NIEHS-funded Children's Environmental Health Sciences Core Center, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Stephanie Chalupka, EdD, PHNCNS-BC , Department of Nursing, Worcester State College, Worcester, MA
The recently published (2010) ANA Scope and Standards of Practice includes a standard on environmental health. Nursing faculty will need additional self-development and environmental health materials that address both the nursing practice environment and how to understand and communicate environmental exposures and risks to clients and the general public. Contemporary nursing education will benefit from evidence-based, collaboratively developed and tested case studies that reflect real-life issues. One example is a case study of Lyme disease, which is rampant in the Northeast and upper Midwest. Lyme disease is an exemplar of an infectious disease spread through a vector, the deer tick, that affects individuals of all ages with varying degrees of acute or subacute illness and long-term, sometimes, very debilitating or life-threatening sequelae. The case study illustrates how one clinical case or several of an environmental illness should serve as a sentinel health event, and furthermore, explores primary preventive measures appropriate to population-focused public health nursing practice. The Community Outreach and Engagement Cores (COEC) of the NIEHS Centers at Harvard School of Public Health and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, in collaboration with the Superfund Research Translation Core at Boston University and the COEC at the University of North Carolina, have developed several case studies for undergraduate nursing education. The presentation and discussion will include lessons learned related to choosing relevant topics, developing a case study format, articulating with NCLEX and ANA Scope and Standards of Practice Guidelines, documenting the evidence base, and pilot-testing cases in the classroom.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related education
Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
1) Describe the key elements of the environmental health standard as published in the new 2010 ANA Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice. 2) Explain the importance of case-study and other teaching aids that are evidence-based. 3) Discuss the results of pilot-testing case studies in the classroom.

Keywords: Nursing Education, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have helped develop the case studies and co-lead the collaboration with other NIEHS centers.
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.