The implications of research for occupational health nursing practice.
Occup Health Nursing 1976 Jan; 24:10-12
The implications of a research orientation for the occupational health nurse and the potential contribution a nurse can make in recognizing the importance of records for future research are explored. It is brought out that the occupational nurse often contributes valuable information when interviewed but does not record meaningful information. It is stressed that every notation about a health problem should be recorded by the nurse as if part of a research team with the knowledge that this information will contribute to a better understanding of disease etiology and lead to the correction of workplace conditions. Examples are given dealing with recording information for research relating physical fitness to low back pain and obesity with accidents and illness and with the nurse's role in treating hypertension found on the job. It is concluded that a research orientation in and an awareness of what colleagues in the health field are finding out should cause the occupational health nurse to gather data that are objective and measurable and to look for alternatives before drawing conclusions. It is recommended that research be conducted on the nurse's contribution to worker health.
NIOSH-Author; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Psychological-factors; Attitudes; Industrial-medicine; Recordkeeping; Data-collection
Occupational Health Nursing