Beth SchenkNewly-created position aligns with college’s vision to lead practicing, educating, and researching environmental healthcare practice

Washington State University College of Nursing is pleased to announce it has hired Beth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN as Providence-WSU Nurse Scientist in a shared appointment with Providence Health & Services St. Patrick Hospital.

Beth brings expertise to the College of Nursing as a pioneer of environmentally sustainable healthcare, creating and leading novel approaches to meet the needs of healthcare in a changing climate. In her role, Beth will function as an Assistant Research Professor, providing a vision and a plan to integrate environmentally sustainable health care content into existing WSU nursing courses. She will also develop an interprofessional course centering on environmental stewardship in healthcare. Beth will continue her research and will also work on refining and implementing the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool (NEAT), which she created. Additionally, she will build and support shared research opportunities between Providence sites and WSU faculty and students.

Beth continues to work at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, MT, as Nurse Scientist and Sustainability Coordinator. Beth is the founder of their Green 4 Good program, which aims to reduce St. Patrick’s environmental impact. She received her PhD in Nursing from WSU in 2013. Her dissertation was titled, “Development of the Nurses’ Environmental Awareness Tool.”

Beth’s work has received multiple awards including the Montana Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, Sustainable Business Council of Montana Non-profit of the year in 2010, and Annual Best Practice transportation awards in Missoula. Her hospital was inducted into the Practice Greenhealth Environmental Leadership Circle in 2010 with ongoing membership in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In 2014, St. Pat’s was recognized by the organization specifically for leadership in energy conservation.