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The occupational health nurse: safety's overlooked resource.

Authors
Simons-RS
Source
Occup Health Nursing 1980 May; 28(5):7-12
NIOSHTIC No.
00095277
Abstract
Safety and prevention activities performed by occupational health nurses (OHNs) were surveyed in 14 industrial facilities of varying size, type of industry, and geographic location. Nurses were interviewed and observed in their daily routines. At several sites, the safety manager was also interviewed concerning the safety program and the nurses' role in it. Thirty four safety related tasks were identified from the survey interviews and observations of the OHNs visited. Nine frequently performed tasks were classified as a core set of activities performed by OHNs throughout the country. Twenty five other tasks performed by less than 50 percent of the nurses surveyed were safety related. Facility size was a factor influencing the safety related activities of the OHN. Many OHNs could incorporate non nursing safety related tasks into their roles and obtained increased job satisfaction as a result. The author concludes that OHNs are underutilized in many industries.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Workplace-studies; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-medicine; Case-studies; Industrial-health-care; Industrial-health-programs; Health-services; Safety-training; Data-collection; Data-analysis
CODEN
OHNUAO
Publication Date
19800501
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1980
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0029-7933
Source Name
Occupational Health Nursing
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