Environmental Health and Nursing Practice / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the first book for nurses on how the environment affects nursing practice. Nurses should be concerned with environmental issues for two reasons: 1. Many diseases (such as asthma, lead poisoning, and some cancers) are caused by exposures to toxins in the environment; and 2. Hospitals themselves are sources of pollutants, through release of mercury and dioxin (a byproduct of incinerating plastic PVC products). The book includes information on basic environmental health principles and common environmental health hazards (e.g., in our water, air, schools, hospitals, and homes). It offers a patient assessment tool for exposure to these hazards and strategies for "greener" use of hospital resources. This is both a nursing textbook and a practice manual.

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Reviewer: M. Kay Cresci, PhD, RN, APRN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: Written by leading nursing experts in the field of environmental health, this book addresses four key areas: the environment and the healthcare workplace, environmental health basics, environmental health risks in specific populations and settings, and integrating environmental health into nursing practice.
Purpose: The primary goal of the book is to complement current consumer information from the lay press by providing nurses with a primer in environmental health. The book meets this goal by providing an overview of key principles, specific information on common environmental hazards, and identification of essential informational and clinical resources nurses can use in daily practice.
Audience: The target audience for this book includes all nurses and nursing students. The book is also an excellent resource for all healthcare professions.
Features: The book addresses several important areas: environmental issues within the healthcare industry including hazards of healthcare work; nursing advocacy demonstrated by a case study; environmental health including risk assessment, management, and communication; environmental health risks among various settings and populations; specific nursing actions related to environmental health needs; and a comprehensive resource list including organizations, government agencies, and environmental groups.
Assessment: This book is a unique contribution to the field of environmental health for nurses as well as other health professionals. It provides key information on the issues surrounding environmental health and provides an excellent general resources appendix. The appendix contains sections related to environmental health, healthcare and the environment and major environmental groups. This annotated reference list contains a description of the organization and contact information.
From The Critics
Reviewer: M. Kay Cresci, PhD, RN, APRN(Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: Written by leading nursing experts in the field of environmental health, this book addresses four key areas: the environment and the healthcare workplace, environmental health basics, environmental health risks in specific populations and settings, and integrating environmental health into nursing practice.
Purpose: The primary goal of the book is to complement current consumer information from the lay press by providing nurses with a primer in environmental health. The book meets this goal by providing an overview of key principles, specific information on common environmental hazards, and identification of essential informational and clinical resources nurses can use in daily practice.
Audience: The target audience for this book includes all nurses and nursing students. The book is also an excellent resource for all healthcare professions.
Features: The book addresses several important areas: environmental issues within the healthcare industry including hazards of healthcare work; nursing advocacy demonstrated by a case study; environmental health including risk assessment, management, and communication; environmental health risks among various settings and populations; specific nursing actions related to environmental health needs; and a comprehensive resource list including organizations, government agencies, and environmental groups.
Assessment: This book is a unique contribution to the field of environmental health for nurses as well as other health professionals. It provides key information on the issues surrounding environmental health and provides an excellent general resources appendix. The appendix contains sections related to environmental health, healthcare and the environment and major environmental groups. This annotated reference list contains a description of the organization and contact information.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826142825
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/14/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH
Dr. Barbara Sattler is the Director of the Environmental Health Center at the University of Maryland School of Nursing where she is an Associate Professor. The Environmental Health Education Center, a multi-disciplinary center in Baltimore, is engaged in training, education, and research related to environmental health. Dr. Sattler is the principle investigator and co-investigator on several projects including a new "Healthy Homes Initiative" funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and an EPA-funded, continuing education initiative with the American Nurses Association. Dr. Sattler is the PI for "Community Outreach" for the EPA Hazardous Substance Research Center at eh John Hopkins University Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering in which the University of Maryland is a collaborator and she and staff are working with communities concerned about hazardous waste sites. And, Dr. Sattler is the PI on a grant form Health Services Resource Administration within DHHS to create a graduate degree program in environmental health for nurses at the University of Maryland, the first in the country. This program is nested within the Master's Degree in Community/Public Health Nursing.

Dr. Sattler is on the Education Committee of the Children's Environmental Health Network where she has helped to develop a train-the-trainer program for medical and nursing faculty on children's environmental health. During the summer, she organizes a summer institute for school-based nurses on environmental health. She is the manager of a Kellogg-funded project for nursing faculty development on environmental health, a project that spans the 16-state southern region and is also currently funded by the Bauman Foundation to improve knowledge and increase advocacy among health care professionals in t he area of safe drinking water. Dr. Sattler's particular areas of interest are community-based environmental health assessments/interventions, "right to know" issues, and risk communication.

Dr. Sattler's past positions have included Director of the National Center for Hazard Communication, Health and Safety Staff to the United Steelworkers of America, and Director of the Maryland Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (COSH). She is a Registered Nurse with both a Masters and Doctorate in Public Health from the John Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. She holds joint appointments in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and an Adjunct Appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the John Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Jane Lipscomb, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dr. Jane Lipscomb is an Associate Professor at eh University of Maryland at Baltimore (UMAB) School of Nursing. She has conducted research into the occupational hazards facing health care workers for the past twenty years. She was faculty for a Kellogg funded grant to conduct nursing faculty development in environmental health. She is active within the American Public Health Association leadership. Prior to joining the faculty at UMD, Dr. Lipscomb spent three years as a senior scientist in the Office of the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). At NIOSH, Dr. Lipscomb assisted in the development and implementation of the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). Prior to NIOSH, Dr. Lipscomb was an Assistant Professor at eh University of California, at San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and Director of their graduate Occupational Health Nursing program. While at UCSF, Dr. Lipscomb received federal research support to develop and implement a model for integrating occupational and environmental content into baccalaureate nursing curricula. Dr. Lipscomb earned a MS in Occupational Health Nursing from the Boston University/Harvard School of Public Health and PhD in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her dissertation examined the Epidemiology of Symptoms Reported by Persons Living Near Hazardous Waste Sites.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
Part I: The Environment and the Health Care Workplace
• Pollutants Produced by the Health Care Industry, B. Sattler
• Occupational Health Risks in the Health Care Industry, J. Lipscomb
• Latex Allergy in Health Care, S. Wilburn
• Ergonomics, P. Bertsche and G. Orr
• Health Care without Harm: A Case Study in Advocacy, C. Brody
Part II: Environmental Health Basics
• Toxicology, B. Sattler
• Environmental Epidemiology, J. Lipscomb
• Finding Information about Chemicals in Our Environment, B. Sattler
• Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Environmental Exposures, J. Lipscomb
• Risk Communication, B. Sattler
• Water Pollution, B. Sattler
• Drinking Water Quality, B. Afzal
• Air Pollution, B. Sattler
• How Food Production Can Affect Safe Consumption, J. Christian-Hunter
• Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Smoking Cessation, S. Balk
• Hazardous and Municipal Waste Sites, C. Ranger and R. O'Conner
• Pesticides, P. Butterfield and P. Butterfield
Part III: Environmental Health Risks in Specific Populations and Settings
• Environmental Hazards in the Home, B. Sattler
• Children's Environmental Health, B. Sattler
• Environmental Health Risks in the Work Setting: Reporting Sentinel Events, K. McPhaul
• Environmental Health Risks in Schools, E. Balk et al
• Cross Cultural Issues on the Mexican-U.S. Border, M.A. Amaya
Part IV: Integrating Environmental Health into Nursing Practice
• Occupational and Environmental Health History Taking, J. Lipscomb and K. Sova
• Understanding Environmental Health Policy, B. Sattler
• Environmental Health Education, B. Sattler
• Advocating for Environmental Justice: Protecting Vulnerable Communities from Pollution, D. Powell and D. Slade
Conclusion, B. Sattler
Appendix: Environmental Health Resources
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