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Real gardeners share

If you ask Debbie L. about her garden, she lights up a smile and answers, “It’s full of friends.” The twenty-year nursing veteran likes to walk among the flowers after work and remember the friends who gifted her a seedling, swapped a packet of seeds, or re-homed a tree or plant with her. Debbie recently…
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Labor and Delivery Goes Green with Genevieve, RN

Genevieve Zekra, BSN, RNC-OB, is Going Green in a Leesburg, Virginia, community hospital, and saving her labor and delivery unit thousands of dollars per year through a common-sense look at nursing workflow and enlisting the help of her patients and their families. The thirteen year veteran of nursing believes that making things easier for both…
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ICU Nurses recycle IV packaging

When the bedside nurses at a busy intensive care unit found out that almost all of their packaging from IV tubing, IV solution bags, and other plastic/paper wrapped supplies was recyclable, they committed to a small change in practice that has added up to big environmental results. Getting Expert Advice The hospital's Going Green Committee…
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Green Team Establish Monarch Waystation

During early July 2015, the Green Team at INOVA Loudoun Hospital in Virginia and Nursing student Jake, worked together to establish the first Monarch Waystation on an INOVA property. A waystation is the term for big or small plots of land that are set aside to provide food and shelter for the rapidly dwindling population…
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Greening the OR

Meet Jaye Sutton, RN When you walk into her office, you can immediately tell, Here is a manager who cares. Jaye Sutton, RN, Director of Surgical Services, may be on the phone, giving an insightful, genuine, “Hang in there, you-can- do- it” talk to a fellow nurse. Rows of binders containing plans for projects she…
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Because Going Green Changes Patient Care

The Untruth A common misconception about Going Green as a nurse goes something like this:"Why should I Go Green? I'm a nurse and it won't change the way I care for patients." The thought behind that is that nurses deal with diseases, are task oriented, and help individuals to cope. Where's the chance for a green anything? I used…
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