Climate anxiety and mental distress, heat-related morbidity and mortality, increase in infectious disease, respiratory/cardiovascular / neurological changes – these are issues that we need to consider as we look at diagnoses and diagnostic criteria in nursing.
As early as 2008, nurses were calling for the “need for diagnostic labels to describe the responses of aggregates and communities to environmental hazards and conditions” (Green & Slide, 2008).
How You Can Help
We are forming a task force to consider how environmental changes are influencing human responses, and to ensure these diagnostic criteria and/or diagnoses are represented within NANDA International’s classification. If you are interested in participating in this task force, please contact Dr. Heather Herdman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some good reading material on this subject is included here!