Rachel Kerr, DNP, RN, is a program coordinator for the Environmental Health Nurse Fellowship with the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Minnesota, and her scholarly and professional interests focus on engaging nurses and other health professionals around environmental health issues. Her 15-year nursing career includes a clinical background in oncology and infusion therapy as well as experience as an adjunct faculty member and advocate for environmental health and justice. Dr. Kerr envisions and works toward nurses caring for the Earth, and all life it contains, as part of their core nursing practice.
Beth Schenk, Podcast Host
Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC, FAAN is Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist and Sustainability Leader in Missoula, Montana, and assistant research professor in Nursing at Washington State University in Spokane, Washington.
Dr. Schenk co-leads nursing research efforts across Providence St. Joseph Health, working with nursing leaders at 50 hospitals. In her second life, Dr. Schenk leads environmental stewardship at St. Patrick Hospital, across the Washington-Montana region of 12 hospitals, and works extensively with hospitals throughout the 50-hospital health system. 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