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Washington State University College of Nursing hires expert in environmentally sustainable healthcare

The Washington State University College of Nursing, Spokane, Wash., has hired Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN as Providence-WSU nurse scientist in a shared appointment with Providence Health & Services St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Mont.

Schenk is a pioneer in environmentally sustainable healthcare, creating and leading novel approaches to meet the needs of healthcare in a changing climate, according to a news release. At WSU, she will be an assistant research professor, providing a vision and a plan to integrate environmentally sustainable healthcare content into existing WSU nursing courses.

She also will develop an interprofessional course centering on environmental stewardship in healthcare. Schenk will continue her research and will work on refining and implementing the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool, which she created. Additionally, she will build and support shared research opportunities between Providence sites and WSU faculty and students.

Schenk continues to work at Providence St. Patrick Hospital as nurse scientist and sustainability coordinator. She is the founder of the hospital’s Green 4 Good program, which aims to reduce St. Patrick’s environmental impact. She received her PhD in Nursing from WSU in 2013, and her dissertation was “Development of the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool.”

Schenk’s work has received multiple awards, including the Montana Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Sustainable Business Council of Montana Nonprofit of the Year in 2010 and Annual Best Practice transportation awards in Missoula. Her hospital was inducted into the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Leadership Circle in 2010 with ongoing membership in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2014, St. Pat’s was recognized by the organization for leadership in energy conservation.

Q&A with Beth Schenk

To read a Nurse.com Q&A with Beth Schenk, visit https://www.nurse.com/Article-Beth-Schenk.

By | 2014-10-13T00:00:00-04:00 October 13th, 2014|Categories: Regional, West|0 Comments

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