Describe the link between climate change and health.

Getting Started

The concept of environmental restoration The growth of seedlings on cracked soil, cracked soil in the dry season affected by global warming causes climate change

What is climate change? Climate change is the alteration in the usual weather found in places caused by long-term changes in temperatures and weather patterns. It could be the amount of rainfall or snow or the change in temperature in a region for a month or a season. Climate change can affect our health, ability to grow food, housing, safety, and work. Some communities are more vulnerable to these climate changes, such as those living in coastal areas and developing countries. Climate change is progressing and carries significant public health consequences that nurses must be aware of and address in practice and research.

Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:

  • Describe the link between climate change and health.
  • Identify opportunities for nurses to mitigate climate change.

Instructions

  1. Review the rubric to ensure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Read Unit VI: Climate Change (pp. 260-302)(new tab)
  3. Watch the video Nurses Caring for Climate and Health(new tab)
  4. Review the following resources:
    1. Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Inequities, Responses(PDF document)
    2. Climate Change Health and Nursing: A Call To Action(new tab)
  5. Write an initial response to the following prompts:
    1. Describe the impact climate change has on health.
    2. Describe how vulnerable populations are disproportionately affected by climate change.
    3. What opportunities do you see to influence climate change as a nurse leader in your specialty area?
  6. Use APA Style(PDF document) for all citations and references.

Rubric

CriteriaExcellentCompetentNeeds ImprovementInadequate/FailingCriterion Score
Quality of Initial Post16 points

(13-16 points)

Thoroughly addresses the prompt(s). Post is well developed, refers to relevant course concepts (with citations and references), and provides clear evidence of critical thinking.

12 points

(9-12 points)

Adequately addresses the prompt(s).
Post refers to relevant course concepts (with citations and references) and provides clear evidence of critical thinking.

8 points

(5-8 points)

Post addresses the prompt(s) but is limited in referring to relevant course concepts (with citations and references) and providing clear evidence of critical thinking.

4 points

(0-4 points)

Post does not address the prompt(s), refer to relevant course concepts (with citations and references), and/or provide evidence of critical thinking.

Score of Quality of Initial Post,

/ 16

Timeliness3 points

Initial posting to the question or topic assigned in the workshop activity is made by day five of the workshop.

2 points

Initial posting to the question or topic assigned in the workshop activity is made by day six of the workshop.

1 point

Initial posting to the question or topic assigned in the workshop activity is made by day seven of the workshop.

0 points

No initial posting by day seven of the workshop.

Score of Timeliness,

/ 3

Interaction8 points

(7-8 points)

Demonstrates critical thinking through quality interaction with at least two classmates by directly commenting on their ideas and making connections to relevant content.

Advances the discussion by introducing new ideas, asking clarifying questions, and synthesizing concepts.

Responds to faculty follow-up questions.

6 points

(5-6 points)

Demonstrates critical thinking through quality interaction with at least two classmates by directly commenting on their ideas and making connections to relevant content.

Responds to faculty follow-up questions directed to you.

4 points

(1-4 points)

Interaction is incomplete (only one quality response) or lacking in quality in both responses.

May or may not respond to faculty follow-up questions directed to you.

0 points

No interaction with classmates.

Score of Interaction,

/ 8

Written Communication3 points

Written communication is easy to read and understand. Communicates clearly through the effective control of grammar and spelling.

Appropriately uses APA for citations and references.

2 points

Written communication is readable. Communicates clearly through the control of grammar and spelling, with only minimal errors.

Appropriately uses APA for citations and references.

1 point

Written communication is not as clear due to a few issues with the effective control of grammar and spelling.

Attempts to use APA for citations and references, but errors are present.

0 points

No communication or written communication is not as clear due to many issues with the effective control of grammar and spelling.

No attempt to use APA appropriately.

Score of Written Communication,

/ 3

Total

Score of Discussion (30 Points),

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