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A Warming Planet and Human Health

Regular Price: $25.00
Online Course & CNE Credit Expiration: 07/01/2026
1.5 Contact Hours
Presented by Ana

As the most trusted profession in the United States, it is imperative that nurses understand the health impacts of a warming world and climate breakdown on chronic conditions and emotional health. This knowledge will enable nurses to educate, assess, and help people achieve and maintain good health in a changing climate.

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Climate breakdown can worsen chronic conditions and challenge our emotional health, while leading to more frequent and severe drought, flooding, wildfires, and superstorms, risking health and well-being. As the most trusted profession in the United States, nurses play a pivotal role in helping people achieve and maintain good health, even in a warming world. Nurses can use their knowledge about the health impacts of climate breakdown to assess and educate patients and the public.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe climate breakdown and its effect on chronic health conditions and mental health.
  2. Discuss the language of urgency developed by climate experts.
  3. Discuss action steps nurses can take to educate patients about health and climate breakdown, impact preparedness for climate disasters, and advocate for climate change mitigation and prevention.

Presented by:

Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, RN, FAAN; Claire A. Richards, PhD, RN; and Phyllis Eide, PhD, MPH, RN

Elizabeth Schenk is associate vice president of environmental stewardship at Providence in Renton, Washington, and research assistant professor at Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane. Claire Richards is an assistant professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. Phyllis Eide was an associate professor (now retired) at Washington State University College of Nursing.

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Use of these or any other course(s)/material(s) does not imply eligibility for certification or successful performance on any certification exam, nor is it a requirement to qualify for individual certification.

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Accreditation Statements

The American Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ANA is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17219.


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