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      Planetary Health: The Next Frontier in Nursing Education.

      Creative nursing
      Springer Publishing Company
      climate change, nursing education, planetary health, systems thinking

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          Abstract

          Much has been said about the severe health impacts of climate change for individuals and societies. The nursing profession has done significant work educating practicing nurses about climate change (Health Care Without Harm, 2018; Leffers, Smith, Huffling, McDermott-Levy, & Sattler, 2016), promoting policy changes (Leffers & Butterfield, 2018), and leading effective actions and practice changes (Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, 2019). However, climate change is only one symptom of an emerging and potentially catastrophic multisystem failure. Failing to take a systems approach and addressing only one symptom at a time can lead to unintended consequences, ineffective use of resources, and activist burnout. The severity and urgency of global environmental issues requires a paradigm shift from understanding health solely in human terms, to a deep awareness that human health and environmental health are inseparable. This article discusses the emerging interdisciplinary field of planetary health and the potential impact of nursing leadership. Modifications to nursing education are required so that future nurses are ready to lead transformative planetary health initiatives.

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          Journal
          Creat Nurs
          Creative nursing
          Springer Publishing Company
          1078-4535
          1078-4535
          Aug 15 2019
          : 25
          : 3
          Article
          25/3/201
          10.1891/1078-4535.25.3.201
          31427415
          3f916351-18c1-4649-ad83-f8912789e7e4
          © Copyright 2019 Creative Health Care Management.

          climate change,nursing education,planetary health,systems thinking

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