Occupational health nurses’ roles, credentials, and continuing education in Ontario, Canada

Alleyne, Jergen & Bonner, Ann (2009) Occupational health nurses’ roles, credentials, and continuing education in Ontario, Canada. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal, 57(9), pp. 389-395.

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The role of the occupational health nurse is broad and includes health care provider, manager/coordinator, educator/advisor, and case manager and consultant, depending on the type of industry and the country in which the nurse practices. Regardless of the type of role, the occupational health nurse must participate in continuing nursing education (CNE) activities. This study describes the roles, credentials, and number of CNE activities undertaken by occupational health nurses working in Ontario, Canada. Using a non-experimental descriptive design, a questionnaire was mailed to all practicing occupational health nurses who are members (n = 900) of a local nursing association. Three hundred fifty-four questionnaires were returned. Nurses reported a variety of roles in the following categories: case management, health promotion, policy development, infection control/travel health, ergonomics, education, research, health and safety, direct care, consultation, disaster preparedness, and industrial hygiene. Sixty-five percent of nurses held an occupational health nurse credential, and 19% of nurses attended more than 100 hours of CNE annually. Occupational health nurses have multiple workplace roles. Many attend CNE activities and they often prepare for credentialing.

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ID Code: 43796
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.3928/08910162-20090826-01
ISSN: 1938-2448
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Slack, Inc.
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