Graduate education in occupational environmental health.
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, T01-OH-008417, 2013 Jul; :1-17
This final technical report describes the major accomplishments of the Occupational Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) at the master's and doctoral level at the University of Pennsylvania during the funding period of 2007-2012. The program played a crucial role in meeting the regional needs for advanced practice nurses to meet the needs of the workforce. Also the program leveraged Penn Nursing's national reputation in nursing science to educate PhD nurses with the scientific skills needed to address research priorities in occupational health. The goals of the program were to: 1) Continue to integrate OEHN nurse specialist training at the master's level into the University of Pennsylvania's nationally recognized advanced practice nurse training programs; 2) Contribute to the preparation of the next generation of scientists in occupational and environmental health nursing; 3) Increase the numbers of minority nurses prepared to meet the occupational health and safety needs of an increasingly diverse workplace; and 4) Increase the capacity of all undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania to understand the importance of the occupational and environmental health of our working populations. Our master's OEHN specialty program was housed within our nationally ranked primary care nursing and nursing administration programs and a wide range of occupational sites are available for clinical courses. Our OEHN research training took advantage of the portfolio of nationally recognized research projects in occupational and environmental health within Penn Nursing. These studies include issues such as immigrant workers, environmental exposures among children, shift work and fatigue, needle stick injuries in health care workers, chemical exposures, biomarkers of exposures and health effects and management of chronic diseases in the workplace. Our program is committed to the recruitment of minorities into advanced practice and PhD study. Over the period of the project we enrolled 11 students (8 MSN, 3 PhD) in the minor made up of a sequence of five courses. In addition, this training program presented the opportunity to integrate occupational and environmental health into a number of interdisciplinary, undergraduate and graduate educational programs.
Nursing; Nurses; Medical-personnel; Workers; Work-environment; Worker-health; Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Health-programs; Training; Education; Sociological-factors; Environmental-exposure; Shift-work; Fatigue; Needlestick-injuries; Risk-factors; Diseases; Biomarkers
Joseph I. Boullata, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 323 Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Final Grant Report
NTIS Accession No.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
University of Pennsylvania