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RCN leader praises ‘fabulous’ nursing sustainability project

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The leader of the Royal College of Nursing has described a new toolkit designed to encourage sustainability in nursing as “fabulous resource” for student nurses and their educators.

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, praised the NurSus TOOLKIT at its recent European launch at Esslingen in Germany.

The online platform provides a host of materials to put climate change and sustainability at the heart of healthcare training.

The toolkit is the outcome of a three-year collaboration between the University of Plymouth and universities in Germany, Spain and The Netherlands, which was funded by the European Union.

As reported earlier this year by Nursing Times, it is intended to help fill a current education gap in teaching students about the links between resources, climate change, sustainability and health.

The toolkit offers free lectures and activities that can be adapted to meet the needs of students studying subjects such as nursing, midwifery, public health, and health planning and management.

For example, one exercise asks students to consider how they could continue to deliver healthcare if equipment made from plastic was no longer available.

Ms Davies said: “The NurSus TOOLKIT is a fabulous resource for student nurses and also I think the universities and teachers.

“I think it would be very useful for the new nursing competencies, and the fact that it’s evidence-based gives it the edge over other resources that we might see,” she said.

“It is convincing and we need to see how we can actually make it work for qualified staff, for example in continuing professional development,” said Ms Davies.

“It actually has the flexibility to allow us to provide specific packages for specific people, so I am looking forward to working with it,” she added.

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