- Workplace Health & Safety (formerly AAOHN Journal)
- April 2012 - Volume 60 · Issue 4: 183-189
Occupational health nursing research has gained a significant place in national and international nursing programs and has advanced occupational health nurses’ understanding of the most effective ways to prevent occupational illness and injury, provide access to quality care for workers, and manage occupational injuries and return to work. This article describes the history of nursing research in general and highlights the current national shortages that must be addressed to ensure that nurses continue to impact the field. Occupational health nursing priorities are described and examples are given of nurse scientists who have established the foundation of occupational health nursing research and who illustrate varied expertise and the interdisciplinary context in which the work is conducted.
Dr. McCauley is Dean and Professor, Emory University School of Nursing, Atlanta, GA.
The author discloses that she has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity.
The author received an honorarium from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc., to write this article.
Address correspondence to Linda A. McCauley, RN, PhD, FAAN, FAAOHN, Dean and Professor, Emory University School of Nursing, 1520 Clifton Road, Suite 402, Atlanta, GA 30322. E-mail: email@example.com
Received: November 16, 2011
Accepted: January 06, 2012
Posted Online: March 23, 2012