Nursing students’ attitudes towards sustainability and health care
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Nursing students’ attitudes towards sustainability and health care

Janet Richardson Professor of Health Service Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University, Plymouth, England
Jane Grose Senior research fellow, Health and Sustainability, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University, Plymouth, England
Anita O’Connor Research officer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University, Plymouth, England
Martyn Bradbury Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University, Plymouth, England
Janet Kelsey Senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University, Plymouth, England
Maggie Doman Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Plymouth University, Plymouth, England.

Aim

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.

Methods

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.

Results

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.

Conclusion

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.e9692

Correspondence

janet.richardson@plymouth.ac.uk

Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Received: 16 October 2014

Accepted: 05 December 2014