For a Healthy Environment‚ Clinicians and Hospitals Have to Go Green(er) - 0513-0000-18-063-H01-P

For a Healthy Environment‚ Clinicians and Hospitals Have to Go Green(er)

by Sheila J. Leis, MS, RN, BC
(4.5 / 15 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy (1.00 Contact Hr)


The environment has now become everyone’s responsibility, including healthcare professionals across disciplines. Trash is contributing to global warming, and U.S. hospitals generate 5.9 million tons of waste per day, equating to 29 pounds of waste per staffed bed in just one day. Healthcare professionals as a team can make a difference by working to reduce waste at their work sites. If medical waste is not disposed of properly, not only can it threaten the local environment, but it may lead to disease.


The goal of this program is to inform nurses and pharmacists about the environmental and financial effects of hospital waste and the steps they can take to minimize those effects. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain how greenhouse gases and global warming affect health
  • Describe the types of hospital waste
  • Discuss how hospitals can decrease their environmental impact

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and pharmacists.
Pharmacists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 03/15/2018; Planned Expiration Date: 03/15/2021