Nurse Scientist/Sustainability Coordinator, Providence-WSU
Beth Schenk is nurse scientist for Providence St. Joseph Heath in seven western states, and Assistant Research Professor at Washington State University. Dr. Schenk has been working to reduce the environmental impacts of healthcare for over 25 years. She developed the Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool (NEAT), which measures nurses’ awareness of these challenges, how related they are to health, and what they do about them. Beth serves on the Board of ANHE, and as the Practice Workgroup Chair. She started and runs the Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast.
In May 2015, Pope Francis issued his encyclical Laudato Si’ (On Care for our Common Home), as a worldwide wake-up call for all individuals, businesses, and nations to care for the planet that we have inherited, after decades of environmental degradation. With hospitals being the second most energy intensive commercial space type in the U.S., […]
Nurses, as front-line caregivers to patients, families and communities, are seeing increasing harms to human health as a result of warming temperatures, worsening storms and more virulent wildfires resulting from a changing climate. At the same time, the healthcare industry is responsible for 10% of U.S. greenhouse gases, which is further exacerbating this issue. Nursing, […]
Nursing Summit on Environmental Health: “Preparing Nurses for Critical Environmental Health Issues” From pollution caused by hospitals, to chemicals in our food and products to preparing for disasters, environmental issues challenge the health of nurses, and the patients and communities we care for. Over 3 million nurses practice in the US. However, not all […]