05 May '11, 10am

America's #Nurses: Emerging Leaders of Sustainability @ernursek @emergencyroom @josephweaver @Richard_RN #susty

America's #Nurses: Emerging Leaders of Sustainability @ernursek @emergencyroom @josephweaver @Richard_RN #susty

Shortly before the turn of the 21st century, I graduated from nursing school. Full of excitement and high aspirations. As a tree-hugging, rainforest-saving, Amnesty International-supporting college student, I remember the heartbreak I felt, standing in the middle of a dark ICU one night, when the realization of the incredible amount of waste surrounding me really sunk in. Disposable supplies, plastic and paper. Bandages, isolation gowns and masks. Sharps waste, medication vials. Easily one or two bins of trash, per patient, per shift (and that’s not counting the laundry). As heartbreaking as this was, I had to eventually accept, that this was price we were paying for safety, for infection control, and for improved patient care outcomes. I was conflicted, but nursing was the only thing I knew how to do, and I loved it . And with time, I became complacent. But eventually, my...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/05/americas-nurses-emerg...

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