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Ep 10 A National Nursing Research Leader (w/ Barbara Polivka) – ANHE
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Ep 10 A National Nursing Research Leader (w/ Barbara Polivka)

Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Ep 10 A National Nursing Research Leader (w/ Barbara Polivka)

On this week’s podcast, hear from environmental health nursing researcher Barbara Polivka

Barb Polivka, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing. She is an experienced researcher in areas of lead toxicity screening and education, environmental exposures in the home, and educational approaches for nurses using simulation and other methods. Dr. Polivka co-chairs the ANHE Research Workgroup, serving as a national leader supporting and encouraging environmental health research in nursing.


About your host, Beth Schenk

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC is Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist and Sustainability Coordinator at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana. In addition, she is assistant research professor in Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane. Dr. Schenk co-leads nursing research efforts at St. Pat’s, and also across Providence St. Joseph Health, working with nursing leaders at 50 hospitals.

In addition, Dr. Schenk leads efforts for environmental stewardship at St. Patrick, and has worked with ministries across the system to reduce environmental impacts for the past 10 years.  She co-leads ACES (Action Collaborative for Environmental Stewardship) across Providence St. Joseph. In her academic work, she developed the “Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool” which has been used in multiple states and several countries to assess awareness of the environmental impacts of hospital-based healthcare. Dr. Schenk serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and several local boards.

In her free time, she loves her family, pets, garden, hockey, aikido and music.

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