Nursing Research in Occupational Health.
NIOSH 1987 Jul:27-30
Nursing research in occupational health was discussed. According to the author, the nursing profession has the responsibility for providing safe, effective, and quality nursing care. In meeting these responsibilities, nurses must conduct research in the areas of nursing practice that will enhance the health status of their clients. It is noted that the occupational health nurse by virtue of her status is in a good position to identify potential health problems in individual workers and the community at large. Research in the occupational health setting consists of two phases, research conduct and utilization. Research conduct is directed toward producing knowledge beyond the group being studied. Research utilization focuses on transferring specific research based knowledge into actual practice. Research needs in the occupational health nursing profession were described. These include additional studies to determine the worker's level of self care and how nursing models fit in with occupational health programs that emphasize primary health care. Studies that examine the effectiveness and efficiency of occupational health nurses as health care providers are also needed. The author concludes that it is imperative that occupational health nurses develop the skills to properly evaluate research findings obtained from the literature. Nursing research is essential for the successful practice of occupational health nursing.
Occupational-health-nursing; Health-protection; Industrial-hygiene; Medical-personnel; Medical-services; Industrial-education; Medical-sciences;
Proceedings of the National Occupational Health Nursing Symposium: State of the Art and Directions for the Future, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 1-3, 1983