NUR 318: Climate Changes Health

Course Description

This 1 credit baccalaureate nursing course examines the nurses’ role in anticipating, identifying, mitigating and preventing the health effects related to climate change. The effects of climate change have been seen all across the globe as significant weather events such as severe storms, extreme heat, droughts, and rising sea levels. Climate change poses an emergent threat to public and environmental health impacting human health over the lifespan. Each of us can have a role in the action to combat climate change. This course will provide an overview of climate change, populations most at risk for the effects on health, and actions that can be taken to prevent or mitigate the effects on health including advocacy, social justice, and education. This course is designed for students to explore their own interests related to climate change, share what they have learned with their peers and apply the course resources to develop a teaching project developed for the student’s community. Students are guided to further consider integrating change in their homes, communities and workplace.

(1 credit)

Prerequisites

  • Admission to the RN/ADN to BSN Program or Permission of the Program Director
  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

  1. Utilize and apply knowledge, critical thinking, and clinical decision-making skills to make sound judgments that identify and address individual, population, and organizational challenges
  2. Guided by the acquisition of a liberal arts education, utilize an ethical framework to advocate for the health of communities amid economic, political, social, and demographic forces.
  3. Integrate determinants of health and patients’ cultural beliefs and practices into the delivery and management of care to promote health across the lifespan.
  4. Interact using effective communication skills with communities and interprofessional team members that fosters mutual respect and shared decision making to enhance health of communities.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Upon completion of this course, the student will have gained knowledge about:

  1. Identify two contributing factors to climate change.
  2. Identify two characteristics of climate change.
  3. Recognize at least one population vulnerable to the health effects of climate change.
  4. Recognize at least two health effects due to climate change.
  5. Discuss the nurses’ role in anticipating, identifying, mitigating and preventing the health effects related to climate change.
  6. Create a project to inform a community about anticipating, identifying, mitigating or preventing the health effects related to climate change.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

50%

Check-in Assignments (Weeks 3 & 6)

5%

Written Assignments (Weeks 6 & 8)

45%

Total

100%

 

Required Textbooks

  • There are no required textbooks to purchase for this course. The course materials will be provided in the course.

 

Recommended Resource

  • American Psychological Association (2019). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 7th ed. American Psychological Association. ISBN-13: 978-1433832154

Course Schedule

Week

PLOs

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

1,2

Topic: Introduction to Climate Change

  • Videos and Recordings:
    • Recorded PowerPoint Presentation
    • Bill Nye video
  • Review the lecture material
  • Watch assigned resources
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Introduction Video

2

2

3,4

Topic: Vulnerable Populations

  • Videos and Recordings:
    • Interview with Lisa Jordan
    • Ted Talks: How Climate Change Affects Your Mental Health
    • Ted Talks: The link between climate change, health, and poverty
  • Review the lecture materials
  • Watch assigned resources
  • Participate in the Discussions

3

1,3

4

Topic: Effects on health over a lifetime

  • Videos and Recordings:
    • Recorded PowerPoint Presentation

 

  • Review the lecture material
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete Check-in Quiz

4

2

5

Topic: Climate Change: Is it the nurses’ role to act?

  • Videos and Recordings:
    • Interview with Shanda Demorest
  • Readings:
    • The Nurses Climate Challenge
    • Connecticut Nurse Practice Act
    • Article: Challenges and Opportunities in planetary health for primary care providers
  • Review assigned materials
  • Review the lecture material
  • Watch assigned resources
  • Participate in the Discussions

5

2

3

Topics: Food and Agriculture

  • Videos and Recordings:
    • Recorded PowerPoint Presentation
    • Green Bag Lunch Webinar: Food  
  • Review the lecture material
  • Watch assigned resources
  • Participate in the Discussions

6

1,2

5

Topic: Emergency Preparedness

  • Videos and Recordings:
    • Recorded PowerPoint Presentation
    • Interview with A. Gee
  • Review assigned materials
  • Review the lecture material
  • Watch assigned resources
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the written assignment
  • Complete Check-in Quiz

7

1,2

5

Topics: Social Justice and Advocacy

  • Videos and Recordings:
    • Recorded PowerPoint Presentation
    • Interview with Mary Jane Williams
  •  
  • Watch assigned resources
  • Participate in the Discussions

8

1,2,3,4

1,4,5,6

Topic: Be the Change

  • Readings:
    • How to communicate about Climate and Health

       

       

  • Review assigned materials
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the written assignment
  • Complete the Course Evaluation

Late Work Policy

Due to the accelerated nature of the NUR 300 & 400 courses, late work severely limits meaningful engagement with students, peers, and faculty, and jeopardizes collaboration and exchange of ideas.

The following standards relate to late submission of any assignment in this and all other NUR 300 & 400 courses:

  • All Discussion Posts must be posted by the due date/time deadline. Those posted late will be given a grade of zero.
  • All Other Papers/Projects: Failure to turn in, post, or in any way fail to meet the due date/time deadline, will result in a deduction of 10% per day of the total assignment value from the actual grade earned, for up to seven days.
  • Students who submit an assignment eight days late will receive a grade of zero for the assignment
  • If a student anticipates they will be unable to meet a deadline for any assignment regardless of the reason, they should contact the course faculty immediately.

Emergencies/Extenuating Circumstances: The Faculty and Program Director appreciate that emergencies come up in life. Emergencies/ Extenuating Circumstances are not planned activities and/or are not normally work-related.

  • Students will be required to submit reasonable documentation of emergencies/extenuating circumstances to the course faculty.
  • Any request(s) relating to emergencies/ extenuating circumstances requires documentation and approval of the course faculty, the Program Director, and other college personnel as necessary.

The following conditions acknowledge unexpected circumstances that impact students’ ability to submit an assignment by the due date:

  • If a student anticipates they will be unable to meet a deadline due to an emergency/extenuating circumstance, they should contact the course faculty immediately.
  • Students may turn in one assignment up to 7 days after the due date except for a discussion board assignment, a final course project, or other final course assignments, no questions asked.
  • Subsequent late submissions will be managed in accordance with the standards outlined above.

*Note: Students with accommodations in place may not receive an extension that is related to their disability

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.