The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

Environmental Nursing Conference

Environmental Health and Nursing: Integrating the Basics into Nursing Education and Practice

Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21, 2014
University of San Francisco, Presidio Campus
Fee: $70.00

The newest version of the ANA’s Scope and Standards of Professional Practice includes an Environmental Health Standard. Environmental Health is now officially part of all nurses’ domains of practice.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 361, for 12 contact hours

Attendee must be present for entire lecture to receive CEP credit.

Program Topics that will be covered during this seminar

Come learn how to integrate this into your nursing curriculum and your nursing practice.

Are the cleaning products you use making you sick?
Should a pregnant woman continue to use hair dyes while she’s pregnant?
How would you know?
Is the water in your community safe for a patient with HIV/AIDS?
How about other immuno-compromised patients?
Where would you find the answer to this question?

These are all questions that you will learn to answer, as you learn to integrate this information into your nursing practice.

This program is recommended to nurses in all practice settings:
Direct care nursing in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes
Nursing education
School nursing
Public health nursing
Home health nursing


Faculty Development Program

June 20 – 21, 2014

University of San Francisco, Presidio Campus 

Friday, June 21

8:00    Registration Coffee / Tea

8:30    Introductions

9:00    Common environmental exposures 

 Home, work, school, community (group process)

9:30    Toxic Tour

            Air, Water, Soil, Food, Products


            Climate change

10:15  How to use a Pharmacology / Toxicology Comparison to teach the basics of Toxicology to nurses

10:30  Break 

11:00  What is environmental health?

            (Group mapping exercise) 

            Assessing individual exposures / community exposures

            (Paired exercise)   

12:30  LUNCH

1:15    Exploring the Scientific Evidence         

Attendees will be guided through the best sources of EH information supplied by the National Library of Medicine, the EPA, and credible non-governmental sources

(This session will take place in the USF library’s computer lab)

2:45    BREAK

3:00    Environmental Health Risks Through the Life Span

            Reproduction and environmental exposures

            Vulnerable populations

4:30    Environmental Risks / Risk Communication  (group activity)

5:15    Debrief / homework (not too much) assignment and…organize evening activities – group dinner option

Saturday, June 22

8:00    Coffee / Tea

8:30    Report back on homework and curriculum integration ideas

(group discussion)

9:00    Greening Nursing

ANA Environmental Health Standard

Waste issues – reducing, recycling, single-use vs. multi-use devices, waste segregation

Greening meetings

Nursing leadership - Green Teams, emerging roles for nurses

Practically Green

10:00 BREAK

10:30  “Right to Know” Laws

            Air, water, food, cosmetics, toxic chemicals in the workplace and in products

            Reading labels:  What’s there, what’s not

11:00  Place-based exposures

            Work (other than health care)


12:00  LUNCH

1:00    Environmental Health related to Food and Agriculture

2:00    Climate change

            Nurses’ roles in mitigation, planning, and response

2:30    BREAK

3:00    Environmental Justice (case studies)

            Health disparities

            Cultural humility

            Community-based participatory research

3:45    Advocating / Educating for environmental health: A critical role for nursing

             Policy efforts at the institutional, local, state, and national level

Chemical policies, Safe Cosmetics, Pesticides, Fracking – how nurses are connecting to these campaigns and policy initiatives

4:30    Curriculum integration ideas and final critique 

5:00    Closing

Information regarding publicly accessible resources will be dispersed throughout the program.  

The didactic portions of the program will be recorded and accessible to attendees on a USF webpage created for this program.

More Information
please contact Michelle Wylie at (415) 422-4134 or by e-mail at