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RN Patient Advocacy in an Ecological Context
“Nurses care for patients every day who struggle with health crises aggravated by environmental pollution in its many forms,” asserts NNU Co-President Deborah Burger, RN. Because externalized costs of corporations are often paid in the currency of human health, environmental pollution exponentially broadens the scale and scope of RN patient advocacy.
This class investigates illness caused by toxic industrial products and byproducts and examines how our fossil-fuel based economy causes illness and puts our lives increasingly at risk from climate change. Nontraditional fossil fuels, including tar oil, shale gas, and other natural gases, are forms of extreme energy exceedingly harmful to public health in their extraction and greenhouse-gas intensity.
Nurses are at the forefront of disaster relief efforts and experience firsthand how natural disasters caused by climate change endanger health. Since healing this pandemic requires knowledge of its origins in addition to its symptoms, this course culminates in examining the social and economic reasons for continued environmental degradation and describes how nurses can lead the way toward ending ecological destruction.
Aug 15 | Chico, CA (CANCELED)
Oct 1 | West LA, CA (FULL)