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Interest of major corporations in expanded practice of occupational health nurses.

Lusk SL; Disch JM; Barkauskas VH
Res Nurs Health 1988 Jun; 11(3):141-151
A study of the role of occupational health nurses in major corporations was conducted. A mail/in questionnaire was sent to the chief executive officer or vice president for human resources of 404 corporations selected from the Forbes 500 list. The questionnaire sought information on the type of corporation, type of activities that occupational health nurses were performing and activities that the executives would like to see the nurses performing, educational level of the nurses, and the type of support given for educational purposes by the corporation. Out of 229 responses, only those corporations which had existing health care departments were included in this study, which left 173 useable corporations. A total of 113 companies had more than 10,000 employees and 27 had more than 50,000 employees. Eighty three corporations were involved in manufacturing, construction, or mining, 47 in transportation and utilities, and 39 in trade, banking, or services. A total of 156 corporations employed registered nurses, of which 76 provided 24 hour nursing coverage. The most frequently listed activities included supervising care for job related emergencies; counseling employees on health risks; and providing followup for workers' compensation claims. Nurses in corporations from heavy industry were more frequently found serving on health and safety committees or conducting regular inspections to identify hazards and potential violations. Activities the companies would like nurses to perform included conducting research; analyzing trends in health promotion, risk reduction, and health care costs; and developing specialized health programs. Seventy four corporations offered full tuition and 70 partial tuition for nurses wanting additional education. The authors conclude that employers are interested in occupational health nurses taking on additional responsibilities and are willing to support them as they develop the necessary skills.
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Industrial & Operations Engr University of Michigan 2254 G G Brown Laboratory Ann Arbor, Mich 48109
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University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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