In response to the increasing health effects of climate change the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN), with funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, has created Guidelines for Undergraduate Nursing Education on Climate-Driven Vector-Borne Diseases. These national, consensus-based guidelines offer direction to nursing faculty on curriculum development with regards to climate change and vector-borne diseases (VBDs). The domains and accompanying entry-to-practice learning outcomes in this guideline delineate the key knowledge, skills, and attitudes that all new registered nursing graduates in Canada should possess to support and care for individuals, families, communities, and populations affected by, or at risk of being affected by, climate-driven VBDs. The guidelines provide topical information that builds on CASN’s previous work in the area of public health which includes the development of Entry-to-Practice Public Health Nursing Competencies (2014) and an online repository of teaching strategies for nurses.
As a next step, CASN will create a free, open-access e-resource that will address the learning outcomes contained in the guidelines. Ultimately, CASN aims to support nurse educators in preparing future nurses to care for individuals, families, communities and populations affected by, or at risk of being affected by, climate-driven VBDs.
Click here to access the Guidelines for Undergraduate Nursing Education on Climate-Driven Vector-Borne Diseases.