Seven years ago, the Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry (ATSDR) took the first step to develop an Environmental
Health Nursing Initiative. Through this initiative, ATSDR began to act on
their knowledge of the vital and broad role nursing professionals play in
every area of the health arena to help protect the publics health.
Partners in the Environmental Health Nursing Initiative are now joining
together to take the initiative nationwide. The project is designed to
increase the competencies of nurses by ensuring nursing school course
curricula include environmental health topics and that educational
opportunities are available to practicing nurse professionals. Today, the
initiative is sustainable and a motivating force behind public health
The initiative has a Web site available at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/EHN/2nursinghomepage.html
What Is the Environmental Health Nursing
To develop a national, integrated environmental health nursing strategy
that promotes coordination of ongoing efforts, fosters the identification
of critical data gaps and research needs, and ensures sustainability
through ongoing evaluation.
What Has Been Accomplished to Date?
What Is Happening Now Nationwide?
- Thousands of nurses nationwide have received education in environmental
- Faculty members at colleges and universities across the country have
advanced in their efforts to prepare graduating nurses to recognize
environmental health threats and promote preventive strategies to avoid
- Health Department nurses are now promoting a holistic approach to
health and the environment to help protect women, children, and the
elderly from environmental hazards.
- ATSDR is working with other federal agencies, academic
institutions, nursing professional organizations, state and local
health departments and grassroots organizations to promote a national
coordinated strategy to continue building on the current momentum
behind this initiative.
- Tools and action plans (e.g., distance learning, a Listserv) are
now being planned or developed to establish a coordinated srategy to
advance the 2.2 million nurse professionals in the United States in
the environmental health arena.
- An implementation framework is being constructed to support an
environmental health nursing strategy to include education, practice,
and research components.
The ATSDR wants to ensure the success of a national strategy for the Environmental Health Nursing Initiative. In order to do so, available resources and expertise must be utilized and strong, collaborative partnerships must be developed and maintained. Health professionals interested in the Environmental Health Nursing Initiative are invited to be a part of this growing, critical movement by contacting Cherryll Ranger by phone: (404) 639-6205, fax: (404) 639-6208,
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail: ATSDR, 1600 Clifton Road, MS E-42, Atlanta, Georgia, 30333.