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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING

Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing is the practice of promoting and protecting the health of the work force from exposure to the myriad of hazards in the work and home environments. The primary focus is on providing direct care to individuals in a work setting. Occupational Health Nursing deals with the health effects associated with chemical, biological and physical agents in air, water, soil and food, which may be present in the home, school, community or workplace environments.

Occupational Health Nurses (OHN's) work in every variety of work settings from manufacturing shops and mills, to hospitals, research facilities, postal services, universities and clinics. OHN's work with other health care providers to support health promotion programs in the workplace and develop initiatives and worker training for early identification and prevention of health problems. Examples of activities common to Occupational Health Nursing include: clinical services, biological surveillance, health promotion and education programs, screening clinics, drug and alcohol screening, company policy development, CPR and AED program implementation and development of site emergency response plans and actions.

Within the state of MA, Occupational Health Nurses are hired by individual companies as employees or as consultants to help protect their greatest asset - their employees, by providing preventative measures to assure a healthy workforce.

To learn more about nursing and career opportunities in occupational health nursing visit: the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Health Nurses Website www.maaohn.org, or the national chapter, the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses at www.aaohn.com. Certified Occupational Health Nurses, COHN's, are Board certified through the American Board of Occupational Health Nursing (ABOHN, www.abohn.org).


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