Nursing, Health, and the Environment / Edition 1

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Overview

America's nurses, an estimated 2 million strong, are often at the frontlines in confronting environmental health hazards. Yet most nurses have not received adequate training to manage these hazards.
Nursing, Health, and the Environment explores the effects that environmental hazards (including those in the workplace) have on the health of patients and communities and proposes specific strategies for preparing nurses to address them.
The committee documents the magnitude of environmental hazards and discusses the importance of the relationship between nursing, health, and the environment from three broad perspectives
  • Practice--The authors address environmental health issues in the nursing process, potential controversies over nurses taking a more activist stance on environmental health issues, and more.
  • Education--The volume presents the status of environmental health content in nursing curricula and credentialing, and specific strategies for incorporating more environmental health into nursing preparation.
  • Research--The book includes a survey of the available knowledge base and options for expanding nursing research as it relates to environmental health hazards.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Jacqueline Agnew, RN, MPH, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health)
Description: This is the report of the IOM Committee on Enhancing Environmental Health Content in Nursing Practice. The book presents findings on the relationship between nursing and environmental health as well as recommendations and suggested strategies for future action. It is the first book to treat this topic.
Purpose: The purposes are to (1) review the status of environmental health content in nursing practice, education, and research; (2) present essential competencies and curriculum content in environmental health; and (3) provide recommendations and strategies for developing nursing faculty expertise, disseminating and integrating environmental health content in practice, and identifying environmental health/nursing research issues.
Audience: This book is appropriate for a wide audience, including nursing educators and practitioners, nursing students (especially graduate students), government officials in health agencies at all levels, nursing and other health professional associations, and representatives of sources of nursing research funding.
Features: An executive summary provides an excellent overview and recapitulates the committee's recommendations and suggested strategies for their accomplishment. Several rich appendixes make this more than a report; it also an outstanding reference book. Particularly helpful inclusions are a list of environmental health resources and strategies and resources for nursing advocacy at the policy level.
Assessment: This book is comprehensive in its coverage of the issue of environmental health and nursing practice. The specific recommendations for action give this book potential to have a powerful impact on nursing practice, curricula, licensing, certification, and research priorities. It presents both consensus and controversies and is rich with examples. As the only work on this topic, it is forward-looking and provides a guide to useful resources. This book is appropriate for purchase by individuals, public health agencies, health libraries, and health bookstores.
Jacqueline Agnew
This is the report of the IOM Committee on Enhancing Environmental Health Content in Nursing Practice. The book presents findings on the relationship between nursing and environmental health as well as recommendations and suggested strategies for future action. It is the first book to treat this topic. The purposes are to (1) review the status of environmental health content in nursing practice, education, and research; (2) present essential competencies and curriculum content in environmental health; and (3) provide recommendations and strategies for developing nursing faculty expertise, disseminating and integrating environmental health content in practice, and identifying environmental health/nursing research issues. This book is appropriate for a wide audience, including nursing educators and practitioners, nursing students (especially graduate students), government officials in health agencies at all levels, nursing and other health professional associations, and representatives of sources of nursing research funding. An executive summary provides an excellent overview and recapitulates the committee's recommendations and suggested strategies for their accomplishment. Several rich appendixes make this more than a report; it also an outstanding reference book. Particularly helpful inclusions are a list of environmental health resources and strategies and resources for nursing advocacy at the policy level. This book is comprehensive in its coverage of the issue of environmental health and nursing practice. The specific recommendations for action give this book potential to have a powerful impact on nursing practice, curricula, licensing, certification, and research priorities.It presents both consensus and controversies and is rich with examples. As the only work on this topic, it is forward-looking and provides a guide to useful resources. This book is appropriate for purchase by individuals, public health agencies, health libraries, and health bookstores.
Booknews
Most nurses have little formal preparation for the field of environmental health, though they're often the first health-care providers people look to for information on environmental exposure to potential hazards, including in the workplace. This report from an Institute of Medicine committee addresses the nursing process as it relates to environmental health issues; looks at the status of environmental health content in nursing curriculums and credentialing; and presents a survey of current research and suggestions for further study. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309052986
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 10/19/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction 13
2 Overview of Environmental Health Hazards 23
3 Nursing Practice 39
4 Nursing Education and Professional Development 69
5 Nursing Research 103
References 121
Appendixes 131
Index 279
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