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Nurs Adm Q. 2010 Oct-Dec;34(4):306-10. doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0b013e3181f60a66.

Identifying the key personnel in a nurse-initiated hospital waste reduction program.

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College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA.


Hospitals in the United States generate more than 6600 tons of trash a day and approximately 85% of the waste is nonhazardous solid waste such as food, cardboard, and plastic. Treatment and management of hospital waste can lead to environmental problems for the communities that receive the waste. One health system's shared governance model provided the foundation to develop a nurse-led hospital waste reduction program that focused on point-of-care waste management. Waste reduction program development required working with a variety of departments within and external to the health system. The interdisciplinary approach informed the development of the waste reduction program. This article identifies the key departments that were necessary to include when developing a hospital waste reduction program.

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