How nurses can be hospitals’ climate champions
Join Health Care Without Harm and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments for an interactive webinar about how nurses, sustainability leads, and other health professionals can use the Nurses Climate Challenge to build momentum for climate solutions in the health sector. Speakers will share the goal of the campaign and the successes to date, as well as provide information about how to effectively use the Nurses Climate Challenge’s many resources. You’ll hear about creative ways nurses across the country are using the resources to educate, inspire, and mobilize health professionals to take action on climate. Bring your own ideas, experiences, or questions to share.
Participants will learn how:
to effectively recruit nurses to the effort and how the national challenge can help support hospital sustainability goals.
the resources can be used in different ways and in a variety of contexts to give effective presentations to colleagues.
the campaign and resources can be leveraged to build momentum in the health sector for climate solutions.
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments climate change program coordinator
Cara Cook, MS, RN, AHN-BC, focuses on elevating climate and health as a national priority by engaging nursing organizations and individual nurses in climate and health advocacy and education. Prior to joining Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Cook was a local care coordinator with Healthways-Sharecare Inc., coordinating care for high-risk patients in partnership with their primary care physicians as part of CareFirst’s patient-centered medical home program. She has experience in critical care nursing working in both medical and trauma intensive care.
Shanda L. Demorest
University of Minnesota School of Nursing clinical assistant professor, Nurses Climate Challenge project coordinator
Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN-BC, PHN, is a practicing cardiovascular nurse at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and an executive board member of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Society and a member of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate. Her current efforts involve educating health students and professionals on the health impacts of climate change and motivating them to take action, as well as working toward a more environmentally sustainable health care industry. Demorest has a doctoral degree in health innovation and leadership.
University of Wisconsin School of Nursing clinical instructor
Jessica LeClair, RN, MPH, is a clinical instructor with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College. She began her career as a community health nurse for the Ho-Chunk Nation and in 2006 began working for Public Health Madison and Dane County, where she provided a range of public health service, while also working on population-level equity issues.