Listen as Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN gives advice for energizing new students on community, environmental, and global health.
Jeanne Leffers, PhD, RN, is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, where she has taught nursing, environmental health and sustainability courses. She has more than 35 years of experience as a public health nurse and nursing educator. A founding member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, she is also an Editor of the free ANHE e-textbook Environment Health 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.