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Sustainability – a question for the leadership?
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8694-3127
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Caring Science/Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7044-8896
2014 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Background The overall issue for the health sector during the coming century will be the climate change and its implication for human health. We argue that awareness of nurse’s experience and knowledge in climate and environmental issues is a crucial question for the health sector and their leadership in the process with a sustainable development.

Aim The aim of this study was to explore nurse’s experience and knowledge of climate and environmental issues in relation to a health perspective and how nurses can contribute to the process of sustainable development.

Method/design The study was conducted as an interview study with qualitative approach. Eight individual and two focus groups with registered nurses who represented hospitals, primary care and emergency medical services participated in the study and were analyzed with content analysis.

Result One of the results that appeared in the study showed that there is a sense of responsibility to work on climate and environmental issues, but this is overshadowed by care task in daily work at the clinic.

Conclusion The leadership has an enormously important role to integrate climate and environmental change issues in their daily work. The leadership needs to avoid that the question of sustainability becomes an imposition to be made after all other work. This study has shown the importance of knowledge concerning climate and environmental issues in the health sector and the importance of knowledge about a sustainable development within leadership.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Health and Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-14149OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-14149DiVA: diva2:720591
Conference
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society 2nd European Regional Conference - Leadership, Learning and Research in Nursing and Midwifery, 16-18 June 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden
Available from: 2014-05-31 Created: 2014-05-31 Last updated: 2017-08-01Bibliographically approved

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