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April/May 2010 (vol. 06/6)

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Public health – the best home for OH?

What the RCN public health forum means for OH nurses

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OH nurses in the UK are now grouped within the larger arena of public health nursing – both in terms of their registration with the NMC and through their professional interest group within the RCN. Does this mean that OH nurses will have decreasing influence and find it even harder to explain their role? Katie Oakley finds out.

OCCUPATIONAL health nursing seems firmly placed within the category of public health nursing as a result of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register restructuring and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) forum changes. The public health (part 3) section of the NMC register was established in 2004, incorporating an OH nursing section. And last year, the Royal College of ...

Katie Oakley is a freelance writer and editor of Occupational health nursing (3rd edition; Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2008).

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2010 (vol. 06/6) pp18-21

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