The Health Care Sector uses products that through their manufacture and disposal result in the release of hazardous substances that can harm human health and the environment. Chemicals that are found in cleaners, medical devices, furniture, and medical or research labs present considerable risk for adverse health affects to exposed patients, workers and the surrounding communities where the hospital facility is located. In addition, energy consumption of health care facilities significantly contributes to carbon emission and greenhouse gases.
The primary dictum for registered nurses, as health care professionals, is First, do no harm. In the increasingly complex environment of health care delivery today, registered nurses are the premier advocates for: