The Occupational Health Nurse (OHN) and the Implications for Nursing Education
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The educational preparation of the occupational health nurse is fragmented at best. This poor educational foundation has a direct effect on the ability of occupational health nurses to carry out assigned responsibilities, as well as research in the field. In the past, the occupational health nurses effectiveness was based on measuring improved client care. Present corporate economics have forced the occupational health nurse to ascertain the financial impact on the corporation of the occupational health nurse program. The purpose of this paper is to examine the educational preparation of the occupational health nurse and to ascertain how this preparation influences occupational health research. The responsibilities assigned to the occupational health nurse are reviewed, and measures to evaluate the nurses effectiveness are described. An educational program for occupational health nurses commensurate with their responsibilities is proposed.
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