- Workplace Health & Safety (formerly AAOHN Journal)
- April 2012 - Volume 60 · Issue 4: 167-176
Occupational health nurses are the largest group of occupational health professionals, and are critical to the delivery of quality health care services to the nation’s work force. Educational preparation of occupational health nurses has advanced in recent years, and the need for occupational health nurses with advanced degrees is expected to increase. Occupational health nurses use licensure, continuing education, certification, supervisor and peer assessment of job performance, formal education, and practice to maintain their professional competence and protect the public’s health. New strategies must be developed to prepare nurses to promote a safe and healthful work force. Funding for programs to prepare occupational health nurses will be essential for meeting this demand. Continuing education programs for occupational health nurses must be developed that demonstrate effectiveness in developing occupational health nurses’ skills while minimizing their time away from the workplace.
Dr. McCullagh is Assistant Professor, Occupational Health Nursing Program, University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, MI.
The author received an honorarium from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., to write this article.
Address correspondence to Marjorie C. McCullagh, PhD, RN, PHCNS-BC, COHN-S, Assistant Professor, Occupational Health Nursing Program, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 400 N. Ingalls Street, Suite 3182, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. E-mail: email@example.com
Received: December 13, 2011
Accepted: January 17, 2012