Archive for November 2018

November is Radon Awareness Month07 Nov, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

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Radon is a radioactive gas that is formed naturally by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. Radon is colourless, odourless and tasteless. When Radon is released from the ground outside it mixes with fresh air and gets diluted resulting in concentrations too low to be of concern. However, when Radon enters an enclosed space, such as a house or basement, it can accumulate to high concentrations and become a health risk.

Radon gas can enter a house any place it finds an opening where the house contacts the soil: cracks in foundation walls and in floor slabs, construction joints, gaps around service pipes and support posts, floor drains and sumps, cavities inside walls, and the water supply.

Radon can also be found in groundwater from private or small community wells. Radon produced in the ground can dissolve and accumulate in water from underground sources such as wells. When water containing Radon is agitated during daily household use – showering, clothes washing or cooking, for example, the Radon gas can be released into the air. However, research has shown that drinking water that contains Radon is far less harmful than breathing the gas. The health risk does not come from consuming the Radon, but from inhaling the gas. And in most cases, the risk of Radon entering the home through water is much lower than if it enters through the ground.

Almost all homes have some Radon. The levels can vary dramatically even between similar homes located next to each other. The amount of Radon in a home will depend on many factors. Because there are so many factors, it is not possible to predict the Radon level in a home; the only way to know for sure is to test.

Find Out more about Radon Testing at: http://www.takeactiononradon.ca/radon-testing

Access resources to share with your friends, family, and patients at https://takeactiononradon.ca/join/health-professionals/

Nurses and Environmental Health Webinar - View the Recording07 Nov, 2018 | Posted by: cnhe

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Nursing and Environmental Health Webinar at ARNBC

Date: November 28, 2017
Time: 12 - 1pm PT

Click here to View the Recording

Ecological sustainability and ecoliteracy development are goals of many Canadian organizations and professionals, including nurses. Currently, many ecological issues demand societal attention, such as climate change, food safety, unsustainable development, species extinction and exposure to toxic contaminants and pollutants. Critical issues that influence the health of our natural environment impact all of the social determinants of human health in many ways.

An Associate group of the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment - Infirmieres et Infirmiers pour la Sante et l'Environnement (CNHE/IISE), represents Registered Nurses dedicated to the improvement of environmental health across all domains of nursing practice, policy, research and education.

The CNHE/IISE works to achieve the following objectives:

- Facilitate knowledge sharing and transfer based on environmental health principles and nursing best practices
- Support evidence-based environmental health practice
- Influence policy development and legislation to support environmental nursing practice
- Promote educational and research opportunities for nurses.

To that end, the CNHE/IISE is designing environmental competencies and curriculum to share with nurses and educators. CNHE/IISE has initiated this work to encourage engagement and explore ways that nursing can collaborate with others to support environmental health. Join us for webinar to learn about the innovative technological tools being developed by CNHE for teaching environmental health and developing ecoliteracy in nursing education and practice.

Webinar Goals

To increase awareness around nursing’s role in improving environmental health.

Objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

- Develop awareness of the interconnectedness of environmental and human health.
- Analyze how environmental health is a foundation for nursing and primary health care.
- Understand the role of the Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment (CNHE) and the advantages of engaging with this group.

Presenters:

June Kaminski, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD(c)
Fiona Hanley, RN, BScN, MSc