Nurse Climate Champion Profiles
Read the profiles below to learn how Nurse Climate Champions across the country are using the Nurses Climate Challenge resources to educate their colleagues about climate and health.
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Adelita G. Cantu, PhD, RN
“In my work with seniors, I’ve had to explain to them why they shouldn’t go outside and exercise. Because of rising temperatures and air pollution, the onset of asthma among our seniors has grown exponentially. It affects what they can do and negatively impacts their quality of life.”
Robbi Hagelberg, RN
“As nurses we deal with patients who are feeling the impacts of climate change, so there’s an opportunity to make the connection for those patients. What they are experiencing in their health is connected to their environment and what they are exposed to.”
"Environmental changes are only going to increase and become more pronounced – affecting more areas, more people overall. We must change our behaviors in our daily life and opt for choices that are more environmentally friendly."
“My passion for nursing has been reignited with my commitment to bringing awareness about climate change. The effects of climate change go beyond the bedside and reach our community, friends, and loved ones. Now my nursing doesn't only protect one patient – it protects my whole community.”