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Nurse education
Education curricula should support the development of environmentally literate nurses
  1. Anne Mills
  1. Health Sciences and Public Health, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anne Mills, Health Sciences and Public Health, Bournemouth University, Bournemouth BH8 8GP, Dorset, UK; amills{at}

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Commentary on: Alvarez-Nieto, C., Richardson, J., Navarro-Peran, M,A., et al. 2022 Nursing students’ attitudes towards climate change and sustainability: A cross-sectional multisite study. Nurse Education Today. 108. 105185.1

Implications for practice and research

  • Climate change and sustainability education should be incorporated within nursing curricula to support the development of environmentally literate nurses.

  • Future research must consider how global healthcare can diminish its carbon footprint and integrate sustainability.


Changes in the climate system as a direct consequence of human activities cause severe weather conditions, which adversely impact on human health.2 Nurses are the largest healthcare profession in the world and have the potential to significantly address the effects of climate change, in multiple ways, including reducing the world’s healthcare footprint, currently ‘4.4% of global net emissions’3. Incorporating formal education within nursing curricula, on the health …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.