Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Faculty Development in Environmental Health

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Faculty Development in Environmental Health

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As we begin to better understand the relationship between our health and our compromised environment, nurses must adopt strategies with which to assess and address our individual patients' and communities' environmental health needs. The University of Maryland School of Nursing, with support from the Kellogg Foundation and in collaboration with NLN, the Southern Regional Education Board, and Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health, has implemented regional and national activities to address the recommendations outlined in the National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine report "Nursing, Health and the Environment."

The project has developed a model core curriculum about the interrelationship between the environment and human health that may be adapted for a course or program of study. This curriculum helps prepare nurses to identify and investigate environmental health problems associated with such exposures as air pollution, water-borne contaminants, lead paint, workplace toxins, and hazardous waste sites.

A website, Virtual Resource Center for Nurses on Environmental Health (www.enviRN. …

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