This publication contains the proceedings of the first National Symposium for Nurses in Occupational Health. Papers were presented concerning state of the art information in nursing practice, research and education. Legal issues were addressed, specifically professional liability and confidentially or medical records. Sociopolitical issues were explored including the influence of the occupational health nurse on policymaking. Economic issues of importance were the cost/benefit and cost/effectiveness analysis in occupational health, medical staffing, and the cost of preventive health care. Administrative matters considered included a management model for occupational health nursing practice, and quality assurance in occupational health nursing. Clinical concerns included a nursing assessment of the occupational environment, principles involved in occupational ergonomics, hospital employee health issues, epidemiological approaches, toxicology, and the contribution of the nurse to the health of the working woman. Interdisciplinary issues covered included the usefulness of the occupational health nurse as facilitator for interdisciplinary collaboration, the changing role of the nurse in a Federal safety and health program, the viewpoint of occupational health nursing held by others such as management or physicians or labor unions, and the working relationships of occupational health nurses and industrial hygienists.