Environmental Health and Nursing Practice

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Environmental Health and Nursing Practice

SKU# 9780826142825


  • Barbara Sattler RN, DrPH
  • Jane Lipscomb RN, PhD, FAAN

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This is the first book for nurses on how the environment affects nursing practice. Nurses should be concerned with environmental issues for two reasons: 1. Many diseases (such as asthma, lead poisoning, and some cancers) are caused by exposures to toxins in the environment; and 2. Hospitals themselves are sources of pollutants, through release of mercury and dioxin (a byproduct of incinerating plastic PVC products). The book includes information on basic environmental health principles and common environmental health hazards (e.g., in our water, air, schools, hospitals, and homes). It offers a patient assessment tool for exposure to these hazards and strategies for "greener" use of hospital resources. This is both a nursing textbook and a practice manual.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 14, 2002
  • Page Count 384
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826142825
  • EISBN 9780826142832

Table of Contents 

    Part I: The Environment and the Health Care Workplace
  1. Pollutants Produced by the Health Care Industry, B. Sattler
  2. Occupational Health Risks in the Health Care Industry, J. Lipscomb
  3. Latex Allergy in Health Care, S. Wilburn
  4. Ergonomics, P. Bertsche and G. Orr
  5. Health Care without Harm: A Case Study in Advocacy, C. Brody

  6. Part II: Environmental Health Basics
  7. Toxicology, B. Sattler
  8. Environmental Epidemiology, J. Lipscomb
  9. Finding Information about Chemicals in Our Environment, B. Sattler
  10. Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Environmental Exposures, J. Lipscomb
  11. Risk Communication, B. Sattler
  12. Water Pollution, B. Sattler
  13. Drinking Water Quality, B. Afzal
  14. Air Pollution, B. Sattler
  15. How Food Production Can Affect Safe Consumption, J. Christian-Hunter
  16. Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Smoking Cessation, S. Balk
  17. Hazardous and Municipal Waste Sites, C. Ranger and R. O’Conner
  18. Pesticides, P. Butterfield and P. Butterfield

  19. Part III: Environmental Health Risks in Specific Populations and Settings
  20. Environmental Hazards in the Home, B. Sattler
  21. Children’s Environmental Health, B. Sattler
  22. Environmental Health Risks in the Work Setting: Reporting Sentinel Events, K. McPhaul
  23. Environmental Health Risks in Schools, E. Balk et al
  24. Cross Cultural Issues on the Mexican-U.S. Border, M.A. Amaya

  25. Part IV: Integrating Environmental Health into Nursing Practice
  26. Occupational and Environmental Health History Taking, J. Lipscomb and K. Sova
  27. Understanding Environmental Health Policy, B. Sattler
  28. Environmental Health Education, B. Sattler
  29. Advocating for Environmental Justice: Protecting Vulnerable Communities from Pollution, D. Powell and D. Slade

  30. Conclusion, B. Sattler
    Appendix: Environmental Health Resources