CNE Article: Continuing Education
- Workplace Health & Safety (formerly AAOHN Journal)
- March 2012 - Volume 60 · Issue 3: 127-133
This article is a summary of information about occupational health nurses and occupational health nursing in the United States. The article provides demographic, education, credentialing, role, and other data based on secondary analysis of occupational health nurses’ responses to the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses. Current issues affecting the U.S. work force and businesses are addressed and high-risk business and industrial sectors are noted. Occupational health nurse practice opportunities are highlighted and practice areas where occupational health nursing research is currently focused are discussed. The article also examines the challenges facing the next generation of occupational health nurses.
Dr. Thompson is Principal/Occupational Health Consultant, Croft-Taylor Consulting, LLC, Ridgefield, CT. Dr. Wachs is Professor/Coordinator, Office of Continuing Nursing Education/Honors-in-Discipline Program, College of Nursing, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.
The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.
Address correspondence to Margaret C. Thompson, PhD, RN, COHN-S, FAAOHN, Principal/Occupational Health Consultant, Croft-Taylor Consulting, LLC, 19-25 Prospect Ridge, Ridgefield, CT 06877. E-mail: .email@example.com