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HCWH Announces Call for Nominations for 2012 Nursing Awards
January 12, 2012, 11:43 am
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Awards Commemorate Nurses’ Role in Environmentally Sustainable Health Care
(Reston, VA) — The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Workgroup, in conjunction with The Luminary Project, is accepting  nominees for its 2012 Nursing Awards. The prestigious Charlotte Brody Award is given to a nurse whose story of environmental activism and accomplishment reflects a significant contribution to environmental health. The Hollie Shaner-McRae Nursing Student Essay Contest recognizes the best essay on how nursing students can encourage the “greening of health care.”
“Nurses play a key role in the current environmental health movement, through activities in professional associations, and through facilitating changes in their communities and places of work that help improve and sustain human health through maintaining a healthy environment,” said Karen A. Ballard, MA, RN, FAAN, HCWH Consultant.  “These awards both recognize their important role in the public’s health, and also, we hope they encourage more nursing students and nurses to consider sustainable health care to be a part of their careers.”
The Charlotte Brody Award honors Charlotte Brody, a registered nurse and activist, and a founder of HCWH, who has dedicated her career to making a safer, healthier environment through sustainability.  The Charlotte Brady Award seeks to recognize Nurse Luminaries who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors to proactively promote and protect environmental health, and who generate significant outcomes from their efforts.  Nominations are due by 5 pm Eastern on February 27, 2012.
The Hollie Shaner-McRae Nursing Student Essay Contest recognizes the pioneering environmental work of Hollie Shaner-McRae, DNP, RN, FAAN, coordinator for professional nursing practice at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, VT.  Entrants are asked to discuss how nursing students can encourage the “greening of health care.” The successful essay should be specific to an activity that a nursing student could potentially do or is currently involved in doing and must answer the question, “How Can Nursing Students Foster Environmentally Sustainable Practices in Their Schools of Nursing, Health Care Facilities or Communities”.  The contest is open to all undergraduate nursing students presently enrolled and in good standing in a beginning nursing program in the United States and Canada.  The winner will receive a stipend for airfare and complimentary registration to CleanMed 2012.  Essay contest submissions are due on February 20, 2012.
The awards will be presented at CleanMed 2012, the international conference for health care sustainability, in Denver, CO, in April 2012.
For more information about the 2012 HCWH Nursing Awards, and for complete rules and applications, visit


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