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Call for papers - Nursing in the age of climate change

Guest Editors:
Rasmieh Al-Amer: Isra University, Jordan
Pammla Petrucka: University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Francisco Sampaio: Nursing School of Porto, Portugal

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 May 2024

BMC Nursing is now accepting submissions to a new Collection focused on nursing in the age of climate change. As we move through the 21st century, the interplay between healthcare and our environment becomes increasingly critical. Climate change affects the health and well-being of communities globally, and the nursing profession is not exempt from its reach. We invite submissions exploring the nexus of nursing and climate change, encompassing topics like direct health impacts, curricular adaptations, advocacy roles, innovative practices, ethical dilemmas, technological interventions, and the integration of holistic nursing techniques.

New Content ItemThis collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-BeingSDG 13: Climate Action.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Rasmieh Al-Amer: Isra University, Jordan

Rasmieh Al-Amer, Associate Professor of Nursing at Isra University, has a diverse background in clinical nursing and academia, and conducts impactful research on cross-cultural topics including mental health, chronic diseases, refugee issues, women's health, and responses to public health crises like COVID-19. She also pays attention to the role of nursing in addressing climate change challenges. She is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and a member of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) initiative. Committed to social work training and empowering women in academia, she leaves a positive impact on multiple fronts.

Pammla Petrucka: University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Pammla Petrucka is a nurse scientist and nurse leader who has worked primarily in global health with a focus on ‘populations with potential’ (often referred to as marginalized populations), specifically women, indigenous peoples, and homeless youth.

Pammla has worked globally since 2001, primarily in the Eastern Caribbean, East and Central Africa, as well as South-East Asia. She has been involved as a volunteer with Academics without Borders for nearly a decade with a keen interest in building the next generation of African science by and with African scientists. Her work is premised on acknowledgement of the impacts of social, cultural, formal and informal power structures, as well as historical and emergent factors in informing community engagement and enacting locally acceptable, achievable, and sustainable interventions.

Francisco Sampaio: Nursing School of Porto, Portugal

Francisco Sampaio is a registered psychiatric and mental health nurse who currently works as an Assistant Professor at Nursing School of Porto, as well as a Doctorate Integrated Researcher at CINTESIS@RISE. He holds a Masters degree in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, as well as a PhD in Nursing Sciences and a Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Sampaio is also currently the President of the Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing Speciality Board of the Portuguese Order of Nurses and a member of the Northern Portugal Regional Coordination of Mental Health.

About the Collection

BMC Nursing is calling for submissions to its Collection on the vital intersection between nursing and climate change. As climate change continues to reshape our world, its effects on health and healthcare systems are becoming increasingly apparent. Nurses, as key players in healthcare delivery, education, and advocacy, have a pivotal role in addressing the complex challenges posed by this global crisis.

This Collection aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between nursing and climate change, shedding light on innovative strategies, evidence-based practices, and interdisciplinary collaborations that explore nursing's role in mitigating the impact of climate change and promoting sustainable healthcare practices. We invite submissions of original research articles, reviews, methodologies, commentaries, and perspective pieces on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Climate-responsive healthcare delivery: exploration of nursing practices that adapt to climate-related health challenges, ensuring patient care and safety during extreme weather events and natural disasters
  • Climate education and advocacy: examination of nursing's role in raising awareness about climate change among patients, communities, and fellow healthcare professionals, and advocating for climate-conscious policies
  • Promotion of health equity: analysis of how climate change disproportionately affects vulnerable populations and strategies nurses employ to promote health equity and social justice
  • Sustainable healthcare practices: research on eco-friendly initiatives within nursing practice, such as waste reduction, energy efficiency, and sustainable resource management
  • Disaster preparedness and response: case studies and lessons learned from nurses' involvement in disaster response and recovery efforts, focusing on climate-induced disasters
  • Innovative nursing curriculum: exploration of how nursing education integrates climate change education, equipping the next generation of nurses with the knowledge and skills to address climate-related health issues

This collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing and SDG 13: Climate Action 

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  1. It is pertinent to understand the perceptions of healthcare workers (HCWs) with their associated personal protective equipment (PPE) usage and heat strain symptoms experienced to effectively combat the negativ...

    Authors: Hsiao-Yu Yang, Hsiu-Ling Chou, Clarence Hong Wei Leow, Ching-Chiu Kao, D. Daniel, Vena Jaladara, Levina Chandra Khoe, P K Latha, Yodi Mahendradhata, Phuong Minh Nguyen, Rujipas Sirijatuphat, Dewi Sumaryani Soemarko, Vidhya Venugopal, Kai Zhang and Jason Kai Wei Lee
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:145
  2. Climate change, a pervasive global phenomenon, exerts discernible impacts on the physical, social, and psychological dimensions of well-being. The apprehension surrounding this complex environmental issue has ...

    Authors: Mohamed Hussein Ramadan Atta, Mohamed A. Zoromba, Heba E. El-Gazar, Ahmed Loutfy, Mahmoud Ahmed Elsheikh, Omnya Sobhy Mohamad El-ayari, Ibrahim Sehsah and Nadia Waheed Elzohairy
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:133
  3. Indonesia is at high risk of disasters. Therefore, nursing is expected to play a role in disaster risk reductions in communities. This study aimed to implement the Disaster Preparedness Training Integration Mo...

    Authors: Haris Sofyana, Kusman Ibrahim, Irvan Afriandi and Erna Herawati
    Citation: BMC Nursing 2024 23:105

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Nursing in the age of climate change" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.