To evaluate attitudes towards embedding sustainability and climate change in nursing curricula among nursing students, some of whom had participated in a sustainability and health skills session, and determine whether the session could improve knowledge of sustainability.
Three months after the sustainability session, students who had participated along with a sample of students who had not, completed a Sustainability Attitudes in Nursing Survey questionnaire. This investigated attitudes towards climate change and sustainability in nursing curricula and the costs of clinical and domestic waste disposal.
Nursing students were positive about sustainability and climate change and its inclusion in the curriculum, irrespective of their participation in the sustainability scenario session. Participants in the sustainability session were more likely to identify correctly the cost of clinical waste disposal in the NHS.
The sustainability and health skills session has the potential to improve nursing students’ knowledge of the cost of clinical waste disposal.
Nursing Standard. 29, 42, 36-41. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.42.36.e9692Correspondence
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Received: 16 October 2014
Accepted: 05 December 2014
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