Nurse Libby Barnes from the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association’s Lismore Branch gives her 4 tips for starting a greening program at your hospital.
- Do an audit before you start
Get evidence-based research on what needs to be done
2. Make sure staff nursing managers and hospital executives are on board and get their approval
Ask the recovery facility people to send in the right experts to tell you what can be recycled
3. Communicate with cleaning staff and ask for their input to make sure that it works
Make sure bins are well-placed and well-signed with exactly what goes in every bin (especially important for new staff)
4. Money and volume talks – show management how environmental practices make economic sense and demonstrate the result
This article was originally posted in the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s publication, The Lamp.