Green Nurse Network launched!
Today CSH has launched the Green Nurse Network in collaboration with the Royal College of Nursing, the Faculty of Heath & Human Sciences at Plymouth University and Medact.
Nurses are the biggest healthcare profession and are uniquely placed, as they support the patient's journey through the health system to lead changes for prevention, the support of self care and lean patient pathways. This informal network is designed to allow nurses, students and nurse educators to collaborate on designing and communicating sustainable nursing practice. In her support Janet Davies, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said:
'This is an initiative which addresses an issue which is important and critical for all of us. I’m delighted that we now have a way for nurses who are taking the risks to health from climate change seriously to cooperate and share best practice. The Royal College of Nursing is committed to supporting nurses, students, and nurse educators to develop sustainable approaches to clinical practice and to provide excellent prevention and care to patients suffering as a result of heat waves and floods.
I hope this initiative is just the start of a journey of discovery for our nursing workforce, one that tangibly demonstrates the power that each and every nurse has to make our health and care system truly sustainable.’
To help kick start our collective journey it would be great to hear about:
1. Your green nursing - steps that you’ve taken on:
- protecting patients or the public from the health effects of climate change
- reducing resource use in your practice
- changing patient pathways for leaner care.
2. Peer-reviewed and grey literature and resources on nursing and sustainability that you've come across.
Please help us get the word out by letting other nurses know we're here. You can help by:
1. Retweeting launch messages from either @greennurse or @susHealthcare
2. Insert the attached slide into any relevant presentations you’re making.
This is a great next step on the road to developing future-proofed nursing practice. Do get in touch if you'd like help or would like to share what you're doing. Together we'll develop approaches to care that work for patients and the planet.