The Nurse's Role and Climate Change

Environmental Health
Online Course
1 hour
Columbia University
Columbia Regional Learning Center

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Without substantial changes in emissions rates, climate change from the buildup of greenhouse gases is likely to lead to extensive transformations of U.S. ecosystems and coastlines later this century. The U.S. Department of Defense's 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review recently determined that climate change will contribute to food and water scarcity, may spur or exacerbate global mass migration, and will increase negative health consequences. The online course specifically addresses the nursing role in climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies. It includes a pre-test, a one hour interactive module incorporating a case study, and a post test.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe 3 climate change trends supported by scientific evidence
  • Recognize 3 key negative environmental effects caused by climate change
  • Specify 6 direct and indirect negative health effects that result from the impact of climate change
  • Recognize adaptation strategies
  • Identify at least 3 steps nurses can take to personally and professionally address climate change problems
  • Determine at least 3 key resources that nurses can use for practice and policy
PHEP Capabilities: 
Emergency Public Information and Warning
Public Health Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation
Responder Safety and Health