Professional activities of experienced occupational health nurses

Philip I Harber, Gabriela Alongi, Jing Su

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Abstract

Occupational health nurses have diverse backgrounds and their practices require the ability to perform unique professional tasks. This study empirically evaluated their activities and skills using a web-based log system to describe activities at 15 specific sampled times. A national sample of 128 occupational health nurses provided 1,893 activity logs revealing occupational health nurses use both clinical and management skills on a regular basis; indirect client care is as common as direct "hands-on" client care. Most occupational health nurses are directly paid by their employer and activities serve to benefit both individual workers and their employers. Occupational health nurses have specific knowledge and skills in addition to general nursing competencies. Understanding the actual work of occupational health nurses is necessary to align training, certification, and competency maintenance systems such as continuing education with the unique skills used in actual practice activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalWorkplace Health and Safety
Volume62
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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Professional activities of experienced occupational health nurses. / Harber, Philip I; Alongi, Gabriela; Su, Jing.

In: Workplace Health and Safety, Vol. 62, No. 6, 2014, p. 233-242.

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Harber, Philip I ; Alongi, Gabriela ; Su, Jing. / Professional activities of experienced occupational health nurses. In: Workplace Health and Safety. 2014 ; Vol. 62, No. 6. pp. 233-242.
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