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The occupational health nurse: safety's overlooked resource.
Occup Health Nursing 1980 May; 28(5):7-12
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.
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
Issue of Publication
Occupational Health Nursing
Page last reviewed: May 5, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division