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The state of OH nursing, part 2

Part 2: OH nurse education, funding and regulation


The second part of our national survey of occupational health nurses examines practitioners’ experience and views on OH nurse education, funding and regulation. Karen Coomer and John Ballard report.

Many occupational health (OH) nursing courses are failing to fully prepare OH nurses (OHNs) for practice, a national survey of OHNs finds. This second report of This second report of the survey – part one was published in the October/November 2016 edition of this journal 1 – also highlights dissatisfaction among many OHNs that several current OH diplomas and master’s qualifications are not recognised by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for its Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) register, and that more needs to be done …


Karen Coomer is an occupational health nurse practitioner and the director of KC Business Health Ltd. She is deputy-leader of the FOHN Development Group.

Dr John Ballard is editor of Occupational Health [at Work] and director of The At Work Partnership. The organisation is independent of the FOHN Development Group.


Author: Coomer, K and Ballard, J


Occupational Health at Work February/March 2017 (vol. 13/5) pp19-26

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