- Workplace Health & Safety (formerly AAOHN Journal)
- April 2012 - Volume 60 · Issue 4: 143-150
Occupational health nurses as trusted clinicians use their direct care skills in both on-site and off-site roles to protect human resources and contain health care costs. On-site clinics leverage the knowledge, skills, and abilities of occupational health nurses. To maximize the health of the work force, occupational health nurses use strategies aimed at improving health, engaging employees, enhancing accountability of employees, linking provider strategies, using technology creatively, and promoting healthy work environments. Occupational health nurses maintain a proactive and effective impact on occupational health and safety as part of a broader framework of holistic primary care.
Dr. Burgel is Clinical Professor, Department of Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco. Ms. Childre is Assistant Vice President, Operations, CHS Health Services, Reston, VA.
The authors received an honorarium from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., to write this article.
Address correspondence to Barbara J. Burgel, RN, PhD, FAAN, Clinical Professor, Department of Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco, 2 Koret Way, Box 0608, San Francisco, CA 94143-0608. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org