A UK nursing charity has signalled its intentions to help equip nurses and midwives to “blaze the trail” for better and greener healthcare.
During a conference celebrating the achievements of its latest cohort of scholars, the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) revealed its plans to “take forward” the sustainability agenda.
Deputy chief executive at FNF, Professor Gemma Stacey, said the need for action on the issue was “urgent” and reiterated that senior leaders recognised that the “climate emergency is also a health emergency”.
“This is all of our business [and] it is relevant to every single one of us in the room today,” she noted.
The charity has, therefore, been considering its own impact on the environment and what influence it can make for positive change.
In doing so, it has decided its focus for this agenda will be around “better wellbeing, a healthier planet and greater impact”.
“We believe in equal opportunity to succeed and thrive, we can pioneer greener practice to nurture a healthier planet and we should have greater impact by equipping nurses and midwives to forge their unique leadership path and blaze the trail for better and greener healthcare,” said Professor Stacey.
In the future, the charity aims to offer leadership programmes that will “develop the climate leaders amongst our nursing and midwifery workforce”, she added.
The charity was also considering its own carbon footprint and how its “extensive ways of working can be altered and changed”.
In addition, Professor Stacey explained the charity was working with organisations such as Nuffield Health and the Eden Project to help enact positive change on this agenda.
Professor Greta Westwood, chief executive of the FNF, also took to the stage to announce that for every scholar at today’s event, a tree has been planted with the National Trust.
The FNF 2021 Leadership Scholarship Conference, held today at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, saw around 150 scholars honoured for their achievements.
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