Educating nurses on climate change and its effect on health
FPB joined the Nurses Climate Challenge with the goal of preparing all nurses to better care for patients and communities in a world with a changing climate. This challenge is a national campaign to mobilize nurses to educate 50,000 health professionals on the impacts of climate change on health.
Our Nurses Climate Challenge is up and running. We are listed on the organizer’s website, where you can browse for more information. On Twitter, Nurses Climate Challenge (@RNClimateChal) tweeted our announcement.
As part of this challenge, our commitment is to:
- Promote the Climate Challenge to our undergraduate and graduate students.
- Use at least one component of Nurses Climate Challenge content in a course, guest lecture or presentation. Ready-made, short resources are available.
- Report the number of students educated with Nurses Climate Challenge content during one of their courses or presentations.
Dr. Mary Quinn Griffin will be leading our effort. Let’s get behind the Nurses Climate Challenge with FPB leading from the front! Please let Mary know if you are interested in being part of our Climate Change and Health task force by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USNA Advocates for Climate Change Awareness
FPB's joining the Nurses Climate Challenge echoes work our students have already started. At the 2021 National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) conference, CWRU's Undergraduate Student Nurses Association (USNA) presented its resolution urging healthcare systems to adopt energy-saving practices and guidelines to reduce carbon emissions.
USNA's resolution was adopted by the NSNA and will be one of the issues the national group advocates for with national and international professional organizations and special interest groups in the field of healthcare. Congratulations to USNA and the resolution's authors: Megan Rodriguez, Anne Franklin, Aleah Clements, Sampada Arora, Megan Arumpanayil and Nicholas Valenta.