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RN VALUES IN ACTION: Public Health, Disaster Relief, and Humanitarian Crises

From hurricanes to wildfires, natural disasters have generated an onslaught of humanitarian crises in recent years. This course will explore what factors contribute to the increasing prevalence of such crises, and how science-based RN practice and advocacy can mitigate the suffering caused by this disturbing trend. We will address such questions as: Why is pollution becoming a major global public health hazard? What economic processes render certain communities more vulnerable to crisis? How are existing forms of social inequity exacerbated by natural disasters? How do changing climate conditions affect communities’ access to clean air, water, and basic nutrition?

During the class, we will hear firsthand accounts from RNs who have deployed to disaster-stricken areas. These experiences will help us understand how the core nurse values of caring, compassion, and community provide a model for addressing humanitarian crisis, and for rebuilding communities in the aftermath of natural disaster.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Provide examples of economic processes that exacerbate the health impacts of natural disasters on vulnerable communities.
  2. Discuss how the core nurse values of caring, compassion, and community relate to disaster relief and humanitarian aid.
  3. Describe the historic public health role of the nursing profession and why RNs must continue to advocate for robust public health policy beyond the bedside.
  4. Explain the relationship among public health, pollution, and climate change.

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CE courses are free to California Nurses Association/National Nurses United members and student nurses. Participants will be notified by U.S. mail and by email if a course is cancelled.

FOR DIRECT-CARE AND STAFF RNs – Provided by California Nurses Association. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP754 for 6 contact hours.