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Nursing Health, & Environment: Strengthening the Relationship to Improve the Public's Health
participate in national/local pre-disaster planning; and cooperate in international programs in case of disasters in other countries.
Assist communities in their action on environmental health problems. The nurse can assist communities in programs to:
reduce harmful pollutants (chemical, biological or physical, e.g., noise) in air, soil, water, and food by industries or other human efforts;
encourage family planning;
assess environmental factors in work situations and pursue activities for the elimination or reduction of hazards;
educate the general public and all levels of nursing personnel in environmental and other health hazards, especially those related to unacceptable levels of contamination.
Participate in research providing data for early warning and prevention of deleterious effects of the various environmental agents to which man is increasingly exposed; and research conducive to discovering ways and means of improving living and working conditions. The nurse, as principal investigator or in collaboration with other nurses or related professions, can carry out epidemiological and experimental research designed to provide data for:
early warning for prevention of health hazards;
improving living and working conditions;
monitoring the environmental levels of pollutants;
measuring the impact of nursing intervention on environmental hazards.