3 simple tips for nurses to go green

The environment is our most precious resource, and many conscientious people are doing all they can to protect it in their personal lives.

What about when you are at work, though? Hospitals and other facilities are large places with enormous carbon footprints.

Is there anything you can do to help preserve the environment at this level? It may be challenging, but here are three simple tips to help you get started in going green.

Conserve resources

It is so easy to run from one room to the next without thinking. The last thing on your mind is going green.

However, try to remember to turn off extra lights when you can to conserve energy. Try to ensure that the recyclables on your patient’s food tray actually make it to the bin.

Another way to reduce the footprint is by conserving water. Hand washing is absolutely essential, but there are clear guidelines in place for the use of hand sanitizer.

Not only does the sanitizer allow you to quickly move between patients, but it also helps to conserve the precious resource of water.

Become an activist

Sometimes, you just have to fight for a cause you believe in. Patient rights and nursing staffing issues are definitely issues to be addressed, but that doesn’t mean you have to ignore green issues.

In fact, many activists will move for patient rights, but how many will petition the hospital to install energy efficient lights? These are important, too.

If you are passionate about the environment, become the go to person in your facility who works to reduce the carbon footprint. Let it work side by side with other patient and nursing driven initiatives.

Educate patients

Finally, you can take the time to educate patients about how they can go green. Nurses are great teachers and this is a way to spread the word.

Why should this matter to patients? It can save them money in the long run. Energy compliant appliances, light bulbs, and recycling can benefit patients monetarily in addition to helping the earth.

The essential lesson for patients should be reuse, reduce, and recycle. Most cities have recycling programs, so that should be the simplest action for them to take.

Reusing could include going to thrift stores or washing and reusing food containers. Finally, reducing can mean a number of things.

It can mean reducing the amount of garbage generated or the amount of resources used, such as water or electricity. In the end, simple, teachable tips should help make the world a greener place.

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