142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Fracking camp: An immersion program for nurses on the health impacts of natural gas extraction

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 2:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Barbara SAttler, RN, DrPH, FAAN , University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM , Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Mount Rainier, MD
Human health is being directly affected by US energy policies.   While nurses are caring for patients and communities with a range of energy production-related health impacts, there is a need to exercise nursing leadership and support sound energy policies that considers human health a priority.  In an effort to develop nursing leadership, a 3-day “fracking camp” was organized for nurses in California to 1) understand what fracking is and its associated ecological and human health threats, 2) develop nursing messages regarding fracking and an associated media strategy, and 3) cultivate nursing advocacy skills to be used locally and statewide.   Nurses were recruited from a range of practice settings, for example public health, academia, hospital, and school-based nurses.  On the third day of  “camp” nurses traveled to Sacramento and met with individual legislators and regulators to discuss their human health concerns regarding fracking.   At the end of the program participants drafted a workplan for follow-up activities and a method of continued communication.   This program was intended to create a cadre of nursing leaders and spokespeople who could be called upon for expert testimony, community education programs, and expanded nursing education activities.  While this program focused on fracking, it was contextualized in the larger issues of energy policy and climate change.   Attendees evaluated the “camp” and its impact on their nursing practice, education, and policy/advocacy efforts.  A description of the camp content and interactive activities will be presented, as well as the attendees’ evaluation.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Discuss key public health impacts from fracking Demonstrate the role of nursing leadership in addressing tracking-related practices and policies

Keyword(s): Environmental Health, Nursing Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been teaching environmental health to nurses and public health professionals for over 25 years. Spoken at APHA dozens of times. Written the book, Environmental Health and Nursing and recently published an article on fracking for the American Journal of 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.