Hollie Shaner-McRae Nursing Student Essay Contest
Health Care Without Harm, in conjunction with The Luminary Project once
again is sponsoring the Hollie Shaner-McRae Nursing Student Essay Contest. The
essay contest recognizes the environmental work of Hollie Shaner-McRae, DNP,
RN, FAAN, Supervisor of Clinical Documentation Integrity Services at Fletcher Allen Health
Care in Burlington, VT.
Nurses play a key role in the environmental health movement through their
participation in the Health Care Without Harm campaign, professional associations,
places of work and in their communities. They work on the front lines in emergency
rooms responding to climate-related health crises, and testify in congress for
environmental health policies that protect the public.
The essay challenge: In the Hollie Shaner-McRae Nursing
Student essay contest, entrants are asked to discuss specific activities that a
nurse or nursing student could potentially do or is currently involved in doing to
facilitate changes that benefit human health through improving the environment.
For example, the essay could discuss how nurses can work to promote their healthcare
facility’s involvement in environmental initiatives that address sustainble options
in food procurement, waste management, or energy usage, to name a few. Another
example might be a discussion of the nurses’ role as an environmental advocate for
populations that are particularly vulnerable to environmental pollutants, such as the
very old, the very young, or the immune-compromised.
The essay must be original, not published elsewhere, and not written as
part of any paid employment. It could be a requirement in the course of nursing
education. The essay should be 1000-1500 words, double-spaced, and all citations
written in APA format. The entries will be judged on quality of writing, creativity,
originality, and by how clearly they address the topic above.
Eligibility: This contest is open to all undergraduate
nursing students presently enrolled and in good standing in a beginning nursing
program in the United States and Canada.
Essay winners: The essays will be judged by The Guiding Lights, the advisory group of The Luminary
Project. Winners will be announced in April 2014. There will be a first prize winner,
and two honorable mentions. All winning essays will be posted on The Luminary Project
website and their authors will be given full credit. The first prize will be awarded
at the annual CleanMed
Conference, to be held in Cleveland, OH, from June 2-5, 2014. The first prize
nursing student essayist will receive free CleanMed registration and a subsidy for
travel to receive the award.
How to enter: The application process for 2014 is now closed.
Past winners include:
2013 Essay Contest
Ryan Tateishi - The Greening of Health Care
Angela Wan - Nurses for Environmental Sustainability in Health Care
2012 Essay Contest
Morgan Lincoln - Change is Possible:
A Reflection on Environmental Health Advocacy in Nursing
2010 Essay Contest
M. Johnson - Voices of Students
Verleun - Nursing Student’s Role in the Greening of Health Care
Connell - How Nursing Students Can Advocate and Educate Healthcare Personnel
About Environmentally Sound Contact Precaution Practices
2009 Essay Contest
Christine Ruppe -The Luminary
Allen - Nurses and Their Role in Advocating for Healthier Food in Low Income
Ryan Thebo - The Nurse's Role
as an Environmental Activist
2007 Essay Contest
Naomi Higenbottam - Nurse’s Role as an Environmental
Katie Kelsch - Coastal Communities: The Ties Between
our Health and the Environment
Terris Rolon - Environmental Health Advocacy in the
Home: Screening for Lead-Based Paint Toys
Michele Toomey - Pharmacologic
Management of Congestive Heart Failure
THE CHARLOTTE BRODY AWARD
An award for
brilliantly lighting the way to a healthier environment and inspiring other nurses to
do the same
Brody Award was created in honor of a lifelong advocate for social change.
Charlotte Brody, a registered nurse and activist,
has spent her life making the world a safer place for people around the globe. She is
one of the founders of Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), an international coalition
working to make health care more environmentally responsible and sustainable. HCWH
has launched campaigns to rid hospitals of mercury thermometers and toxics-leaching
IV bags and encouraged hospitals to buy ecologically sound medical supplies,
cleaners, building materials and organic food.
Charlotte Brody’s years
of organizing experience and public health background converged in her groundbreaking
work within health care to reduce the sector’s reliance on hazardous materials and
practices, and there’s little doubt that she is making a difference as she works to
lighten our collective body burden of toxic chemicals. For her, it's about reaching
ever further to make a difference, visioning the possible and strategically
leveraging opportunities to create lasting change. As Charlotte Brody puts it,
"I just want to be part of a global community that keeps learning how to keep
making bigger, smarter transformational change."
Project, an initiative of Health Care Without Harm,
was launched in 2005 to shine the light on nurses who are working to improve our
health and the environment. This web-based initiative was born of Charlotte Brody’s
desire to tell the stories of nurses, who are creatively, strategically, and
courageously addressing environmental problems and illuminating the way toward safe
hospitals, communities with clean air, land and water, and children born without
toxic chemicals in their bodies. Created in 2006, the Charlotte Brody
Award honors the leadership, commitment, and vision of nurses who are
creating a healthier world and inspiring others to do the same. Previous awardees
- 2006 - Charlotte Brody, RN
- 2008 - Barbara Sattler, DrPH, RN, FAAN
- 2009 - Laura Anderko, PhD, RN
- 2010 - Brenda Afzal, RN, MS
- 2011 - Karen Bowman, MN, RN,
- 2012 - Stephanie Chalupka, EdD, RN, PHCNS-BC,
- 2013 - Patricia Butterfield, PhD,
Project seeks to honor, increase awareness about, and stimulate activity
around nurses’ efforts to light the way to a healthier environment. The Charlotte
Brody Award recognizes the outstanding commitment and achievements of a Nurse
Luminary who has shared his
or her story with The Luminary Project so that other nurses might be inspired to
The beautiful award
made of recycled glass is presented each year at the CleanMed conference. The 2014 Charlotte Brody Award will be presented at CleanMed 2014 to be held in Cleveland, OH, June 2-5, 2014.
This award will be given
to a Nurse
Luminary (RN or LPN/LVN) whose story of environmental activism and
accomplishment reflects a significant contribution to environmental health. Nominees
will exemplify the characteristics and principles for which Charlotte Brody stands.
These should include some of the following characteristics:
Demonstration of a commitment to change on behalf of people, their health, and the
Active incorporation of environmental health principles in professional practice,
including when possible direct patient care, education, research, and advocacy.
Demonstration of leadership in improving environmental health practices and policies
in the workplace, communities, professional associations, government agencies,
academic institutions, or other domains where people’s health is affected by
Engagement in research endeavors that build knowledge, bridge the gap between health
and the environment, and/or facilitate the application of findings in direct nursing
care and health care.
Conduction of public education that raises awareness, informs and engages people in
efforts to reduce environmental hazards and exposures, and promotes healthy
Development of nursing education programs that actively integrate environmental
health knowledge and skills into undergraduate and graduate level nursing curricula
and/or continuing education courses.
toward effective environmental health change in nursing practice through direct care
with patients and/or through population-focused care.
Contribution to the development of public policy that protects environmental health.
Facilitation of changes in organizational policies that protect and promote
Increasing the visibility of nurses and their important and effective role in
environmental health improvement.
Authoring of articles or publications that communicate environmental health matters
to the public, nurses and other health care professionals, as well as disciplines and
sectors related to environmental health.
This award seeks to
recognize Nurse Luminaries who go beyond everyday nursing endeavors
to proactively promote and protect environmental health, and who generate significant
outcomes from their efforts. Potential awardees may be nominated by a colleague or
member of the public, or may be self-nominated.
include the following:
1. Completion of the official nomination form.
2. At least two letters of recommendation, with one of these
letters written by a registered professional nurse.
Submission of the nomination form and letters of recommendation by: Application process for 2014 is now closed.
The steering committee of
The Luminary Project, known as Guiding Lights, will review applications and select
the award recipient based on the stated criteria. This decision will be based on the
information included in the completed nomination form and supporting documents.
Therefore, it is helpful to include as much information about the candidate and
his/her achievements as possible.
The award recipient will be
notified in April 2014 and presented with the Charlotte Brody Award at the CleanMed 2014 Conference.
The awardee will receive a complimentary CleanMed registration.
THIS IS THE OFFICIAL CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2014 CHARLOTTE BRODY AWARD