Elizabeth Schenk, Ph.D., MHI, RN, BC,
Providence Health & Services
Elizabeth Schenk, PhD, MHI, RN-BC is Providence-WSU nurse scientist and sustainability coordinator at Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana. In addition, she is assistant research professor in nursing at Washington State University in Spokane. Dr. Schenk co-leads nursing research efforts at St. Pat's, and also across Providence St. Joseph Health, working with nursing leaders at 50 hospitals.
In addition, Dr. Schenk leads efforts for environmental stewardship at St. Patrick, and has worked with ministries across the system to reduce environmental impacts for the past 10 years. She co-leads ACES (Action Collaborative for Environmental Stewardship) across Providence St. Joseph. In her academic work, she developed the "Nurses Environmental Awareness Tool" which has been used in multiple states and several countries to assess awareness of the environmental impacts of hospital-based healthcare. Dr. Schenk serves on the national board of the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthier Environment, and several local boards.