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Sustainable Nursing Practice

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987, Our Common Future - Brundtland Report). Sustainability in the context of healthcare is about progress in the delivery of high quality patient care for all by promoting the three elements of sustainable development - environmental, social and financial.

Last updated: 14/09/2017

Key Resources

World Health Organisation (2016) Climate change and health, Geneva: WHO.
United Nations Development Programme (2015) United Nations sustainable development goal 3 – ensure healthy lives and promote well-being, New York: UNDP.
Sustainable Development Unit (2016) Sustainable development strategy for the health and social care system 2014 – 2020 SDU: Cambridge.

Health Care Without Harm Europe

  • HCWH Europe is a non-profit European coalition of health organisations working to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint.
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NurSusTOOLKIT project
  • The NurSus project aims to develop innovative teaching and learning approaches for Sustainability Literacy and Competency (SLC) within nurse education.
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Royal College of Nursing: Sustainability and greening the workplace.
RCN Freedom of Information report on waste management Royal College of Nursing (2011) RCN Freedom of Information report on waste management, London: RCN.
Many thanks to former RCN Library and Archive Service Graduate Trainee Tim Spring for his help with putting this subject guide together.

Books

Rich C R, Singleton J K and Wadhwa S S (2013) Sustainability for healthcare management: a leadership imperative, Florence: Taylor and Francis. Rich C R, Singleton J K and Wadhwa S S (2013) Sustainability for healthcare management: a leadership imperative, Florence: Taylor and Francis.
Schroeder K, Thompson T, Frith K and Pencheon D (2012) Sustainable Healthcare, 1st edn, Somerset: Wiley. Schroeder K, Thompson T, Frith K and Pencheon D (2012) Sustainable healthcare, 1st edn, Somerset: Wiley.
Mohrman S A and Abraham B (2012) Organizing for Sustainable Healthcare, Volume 2, Bradford: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Mohrman S A and Abraham B (2012) Organizing for sustainable healthcare, volume 2, Bradford: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Levy B and Patz J (2015) Climate Change and Public Health, New York: Oxford University Press. Levy B and Patz J (2015) Climate change and public health, New York: Oxford University Press.
Fetzer A V and Aaron S (2010) Climb the green ladder: make your company and career more sustainable, Hoboken: Wiley. Fetzer A V and Aaron S (2010) Climb the green ladder: make your company and career more sustainable, Hoboken: Wiley.
Griffiths J (2009) The health practitioner Griffiths J (2009) The health practitioner's guide to climate change: diagnosis and cure, London: Earthscan.
Gerwig K (2014) Greening health care: how hospitals can heal the planet, Cary: Oxford University Press.

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Sustainable Nursing Practice videos

Barts Health NHS Trust: The power of sustainability.

Barts Health NHS Trust - Cleaner air for East London

Plymouth University: Nursing sustainability by design.

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Phil Segall

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