NHE Season 3 #15 Nurses Drawdown!

Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast
NHE Season 3 #15 Nurses Drawdown!

Nurses are Standing up to Climate Change

And launching the new global effort Nurses Drawdown!  Through this partnership between the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments and Project Drawdown, nurses around the world are invited to participate in science-based actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. Check out Nurses Drawdown to learn more about FIVE key areas for action that will help reduce global warming while building health and resilience for individuals and communities.

Nursing leaders from across the nation have been developing Nurses Drawdown for the past year. In this podcast seven members of this group of founders and developers of Nurses Drawdown discuss how it got started, how it works and what their hopes are for Nurses Drawdown. The podcast guests are:

Katie Huffling, CNM, Executive Director the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Teddie Potter, PhD, RN, Professor University of Minnesota

Cara Cook, MSN, RN, Program Manager the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Trisha Mims, MSN, MBA, RN, HCM, Director of Program and Education, National Student Nurses’ Association

Claire Phillips, DNP Student, RN, University of Minnesota

Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, Professor University of San Francisco

Beth Schenk, Podcast Host

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC, FAAN is a healthcare sustainability leader in Missoula, Montana, and assistant research professor in Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Schenk leads environmental stewardship across Providence St. Joseph Health, a large health system in seven western states. Schenk 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. She led the development of the CHANT: Climate, Health and Nursing Tool. She developed the WE ACT PLEASE framework for environmental stewardship in nursing. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow in 2018. Dr. Schenk serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and on the boards of Montana Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate and Climate Smart Missoula.

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2 thoughts on “NHE Season 3 #15 Nurses Drawdown!

  • Sara Wohlford

    This looks great! We are interested in introducing this to nursing in our healthcare system as well as local nursing schools. We are interested in recommendations for measuring success. Do you have any recommendations for quantifiable goals or tracking progress/success in these areas? Thank you!

    • Beth Schenk Post author

      Hey Sara – Beth Schenk here. Katie Huffling is leading the NDD, and we are tracking nurses commitment…based on sign ups on the website. Over time, we hope to track more in the way of GHG reductions.

      Also, I think you know about CHANT – Climate Health and Nursing Tool…you can find it on the ANHE website. This is something that universities and even hospitals are using to measure nurses’ awareness and behaviors. That might be an option for you.

      Hope you are well!