Environmental Health and Nursing Practice [NOOK Book]


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 ...

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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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826142832
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/14/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,040,275
  • File size: 6 MB

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.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Environment and the Health Care Workplace
1 Pollutants Produced by the Health Care Industry 3
2 Occupational Health Risks in the Health Care Industry 11
3 Latex Allergy in Health Care 27
4 Ergonomics 39
5 Health Care Without Harm: A Case Study in Advocacy 51
Pt. II Environmental Health Basics
6 Toxicology 61
7 Environmental Epidemiology 73
8 Finding Information About Chemicals in Our Environment 87
9 Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Environmental Exposures 99
10 Risk Communication 107
11 Water Pollution 113
12 Drinking Water Quality 119
13 Air Pollution 135
14 How Food Production Can Affect Safe Consumption 143
15 Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Smoking Cessation 157
16 Hazardous and Municipal Waste Sites 169
17 Pesticide Exposure 181
Pt. III Environmental Health Risks in Specific Populations and Settings
18 Environmental Hazards in the Home 219
19 Children's Environmental Health 229
20 Environmental Health Risks in the Work Setting: Recognizing Sentinel Events 239
21 Environmental Health Risks in Schools 259
22 Cross-Cultural Issues on the Mexican-U.S. Border 275
Pt. IV Integrating Environmental Health into Nursing Practice
23 Occupational and Environmental Health History-Taking 287
24 Understanding Environmental Health Policy 303
25 Environmental Health Education 311
26 Advocating for Environmental Justice: Protecting Vulnerable Communities from Pollution 321
27 Conclusion 339
App Environment Health Resources 343
Index 361
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