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Developing Curriculum Recommendations for Environmental Health in Nursing

Leffers, Jeanne M. PhD, RN; Smith, Claudia M. PhD, RN-BC; McDermott-Levy, Ruth PhD, RN; Resick, Lenore K. PhD, FNP-BC; Hanson, Monica J. PhD, APRN-BC; Jordan, Lisa C. PhD, RN, CNE; Jackman-Murphy, Kathryn P. MSN, RN; Sattler, Barbara DrPH, RN; Huffling, Katie MS, RN, CNM

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000133
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In 2010, the American Nurses Association (ANA) added an environmental health standard to the ANA Scope and Standards of Practice requiring that nurses implement environmental health strategies in nursing practice. To prepare nurse educators to integrate environmental health at all educational levels, nursing faculty members from the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments developed environmental health competencies and curricular recommendations that address this need. Internet URLs are included for environmental health curricula for each level of nursing education.

Author Affiliations: Professor Emeritus (Dr Leffers) and Lecturer (Dr Hanson), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; Community/Public Health Nurse Educator and Consultant (Dr Smith), Bowie, Maryland; Associate Professor (Dr McDermott-Levy), Villanova University, Pennsylvania; Clinical Professor (Dr Resick), Noble J. Dick Endowed Chair in Community Outreach, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Professor (Dr Jordan), Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland; Professor (Ms Jackman-Murphy), Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury, Connecticut; Professor (Dr Sattler), University of San Francisco, California; Director of Programs (Ms Huffling), Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Mt Rainier, Maryland.

Ms Huffling is a paid staff member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE); Drs Sattler and Smith and Ms Huffling received funding from Kendeda Foundation to support curriculum work; Drs Leffers, Hanson, McDermott-Levy, and Resick received funding from Health Care Without Harm for travel reimbursement for meetings to develop curriculum. The remaining authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Leffers, 412 Seaview Ave, Warren, RI 02885 (jleffers@umassd.edu).

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Accepted for publication: November 27, 2014

Published ahead of print: January 24, 2015

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