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Practice Forum


Welcome to the Practice Forum!

All nurses practice, whether it is in clinical care, patient education, academia, research, entrepreneurialism, or the many other roles of nurses. The profession also has a performance standard which states “The registered nurse practices in an environmentally safe and healthy manner.” This means both preventing and reducing risk of environmental exposures for the patients and communities that nurses care for and addressing the environmental impacts caused by pollution from healthcare and nursing practice. This applies to all of us, no matter what practice setting or where the profession takes us.

The Practice Forum offers webinars and networking to help nurses achieve the standard of an environmentally safe and healthy practice. Nurses and nursing students can do this by: 1) Learning about health influences from environmental exposures so that we can care for patients and communities safely,  2) Reducing the environmental impacts of our own practice, from hospitals to universities to community settings, and 3) Better understanding the complex influences of the environment (and its degradation) on health, including climate, toxic chemicals, ecosystem disruption, and resource depletion.

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Resources for Nurses

Nurses for Healthy Environments podcastJoin ANHE Practice Work Group Chair Dr. Beth Schenk, a registered nurse and environmental health nurse champion, as she talks with nurses from around the country who are leading the profession in addressing environmental health issues. Every week you'll be inspired by nurses making changes, big and small, to make our world healthier for everyone. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out on an episode! 

Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) & Practice Greenhealth (PGH) – Two leading organizations in healthcare sustainability, HCWH and PGH offer a ton of resources on how healthcare facilities can reduce their environmental footprint through the adoption and implementation of sustainability initiatives and practices. 

Listen to Nurses for Healthy Environments Podcast

NHE 13 with Kathy Curtis

Practice Forum Co-Chairs

Lisa Hartmayer

Lisa Hartmayer, RN, MSN, ANP-C, CCTN received a Bachelor’s of Science in nursing from the University of Connecticut in 2002.  She obtained a Master’s of Science from the University of California San Francisco as an Adult Nurse Practitioner with a specialty in Occupational and Environmental Health in 2010.  She is a volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor with the UCSF SON Department of Physiological Nursing.  Lisa currently works as an inpatient nurse practitioner on the UCSF Kidney Transplant service.

She has been a member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments since its inception in 2008.  She is passionate about making health care more environmentally sustainable.  She has worked as a co-chair member of UCSF’s Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability as well as on UCSF’s grassroots green team. 

She is currently involved in the Women Worker Biomonitoring Collaborative, research aimed at examining the presence of potential carcinogens and endocrine disruptors in female worker’s bodies.

Outside of work she enjoys biking, playing the saxophone, gardening and spending time with her husband and dog.

Elizabeth Joseph

Elizabeth Joseph, APRN-BC, MPH is a Nurse Practitioner and an Educator working at one of the largest hospitals (Jackson Health System-JHS) in Florida for 30 years. She is the coordinator for Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) at JHS.

Ms. Joseph has volunteered in Haiti on three separate occasions after the 2010 earthquake and has contributed over 1000 hours of her time to develop nursing content and training guidelines for staff and administration at Bernard Mev hospital, Port O Prince, Haiti.  While pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Health, she completed an internship at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

In 2019, Ms. Joseph attained a Sustainable Development Certificate from Harvard University and her research interests lie in the field of Climate Emergency and its impacts on health. She is a certified climate speaker from the CLEO institute (Miami) and has delivered several presentations on Climate Change and its impact on health nationally and internationally. She is one of the founding member and the co-chair of the Climate Committee at her hospital.  Her other interests lie in the field of Ecotourism, with the main objective being to promote health and wellbeing for tourists, park and lodge staff and local communities. She has conducted on-site research on Ecolodges in four continents.