Climate Change and Healthcare: What We Can Do to Help With AnnMarie Walton, PhD, MPH, RN; Ryne Wilson, DNP, RN, OCN®; and Stacy Stanifer, PhD, APRN, AOCNS®

At the 49th Annual Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Congress in Washington, DC, Dr. AnnMarie Walton, Dr. Ryne Wilson, and Dr. Stacy Stanifer presented a session entitled The Impact of Climate Change in Patient Care. In this interview, they share additional insight into the multifaceted disruptions of climate change on health and access to care, as well as what nurses can do when facing an extreme weather event that interferes with patient care.  Listen to their podcast conversation to hear more about:

  • The known impacts of climate change on human health
  • The effects of climate change across the cancer continuum—etiology, prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and end of life
  • How climate disasters impact the role of the oncology nurse
  • How healthcare itself contributes to climate change
  • Ways that oncology nurses can help mitigate, adapt, and respond to climate change
  • Ongoing efforts to protect the environment and promote planetary health
  • How nurses can get involved in these efforts
  • And more!

About the Speakers

AnnMarie Walton, PhD, MPH, RN, OCN®, CHES, FAAN, is an Associate Professor at the Duke University School of Nursing. Her research focuses population health and policy, including minimizing occupational and environmental exposure to known carcinogens, safer handling of hazardous drugs, and climate change and health.

Ryne Wilson, DNP, RN, OCN®, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. His professional interests include care coordination, case management, interprofessional healthcare leadership, policy, and advocacy. He has published articles covering variety of topics in cancer nursing in national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Stacy Stanifer, PhD, APRN, AOCNS®, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky, as well as a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program and Lung Cancer Translational Research Group at Markey Cancer Center. Her research interests include reducing exposure to radon and secondhand smoke as a means of lung cancer prevention and using research to inform health policy.

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