Environmental Health Nursing Project

University of South Carolina - College of Nursing
Columbia, South Carolina

Instructor(s): Anderson, Jane W.
Subject area: Health / Medicine
Department: Family and Community Health Nursing
Level: Undergraduate
Number of participants: Entire class, as groups
Duration of exercise: Semester
Cost/equipment needed: Service sites and research sources
Learning objective: Develop Group Skills, Provide Multidisciplinary Thinking, Provide Real-World Experience
Teaching style: Active Learning, Group Activity, Out-of-class Activity

Please note that the copyright for this course project is retained by the instructor.

This project is designed to apply principles of environmental health nursing to an actual or potential environmental health hazard in the community. Students will explore the impact of hazard exposure on community health, examine principles of risk perception and risk communication, explore environmental health resources, and experience community involvement.

Each clinical group will be assigned one of the five environmental health categories. Working in pairs, the students will identify an environmental health hazard located within the community of their choice. The clinical instructor must approve the specific health hazard selected. The following should be addressed:

1. Identify Problem2. Effects3. Standards and Regulations4. Community Involvement5. PlanEnvironmental Health Categories
Environmental Health Category
Environmental Health Hazards
Greenhouse gas
Global warming
Depletion of ozone
Aerosol spray
Acid rain
Ultraviolet radiation
Tobacco smoke
Automobile Emission
Contamination by human or animal waste
Oil or chemical spills
Pesticide or herbicide contamination in ground water and run-off
Industrial pollutants
Toxic contamination of fish and seafood
Bacterial contaminants
Pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables
Chemical food additives
Hormone supplements and antibiotic residue in animal food products
Use of non-biodegradable products
Waste product dumps/inadequate sewage systems
Transporting/storage hazardous waste
Nuclear facility emissions
Radioactive nuclear waste
Automobile oil
Battery acid
Abandoned sites with oil or gas hazards
Toxic substances
Common household products (cleaning agents)
Machine operating hazards
Repetitive motion injuries
Carcinogenic work exposures
Poor ventilation/heating systems
Gas range
Building materials Asbestos
Lead paint
Textile residues (formaldehyde)
Psychosocial/Recreational hazards
Urban crowding
Noise pollution
Accidents (helmet laws; fuel emission; fires)
Hobbies (ceramics/sculpting)
Recreational activities (boating, swimming)

Poster Presentations

This project is worth 20% of your course grade.
Pointed Allocated
Content Area
Points Earned
Problem Identification..
Standards and Regulations..
Community Involvement..
Presentation (clarity, creativity, professional presentation)..
Total Points

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