OHN Week 2013 Talking Points

Talking Points for Occupational Health Nursing Week

Occupational Health Nursing Week 2013 is April 19-26.


1. OHN Week is a national observance to recognize and celebrate members of the occupational and environmental health nursing profession. It is designated because, while most people understand the function of a nurse in a clinical setting, not everyone is aware that there are approximately 19,000 nurses who work in promoting and protecting the health of workers in the US and many of these nurses also work globally.  

2. Through case management, coaching and health counseling, health promotion and wellness activities, legal and regulatory compliance, and workplace hazard detection and mitigation, occupational and environmental health nurses improve the health of employees and contribute to a healthy bottom line for businesses.

3. Occupational and environmental health nurses promote the health and wellbeing of workers and their families. Worker population health management programs drive worker health, engagement and productivity, which in turn drive business success and corporate social responsibility.
  • Providing worker populations with access to the care of occupational health nurses demonstrates good corporate citizenship and social responsibility.
  • Worker health and wellness support overall organizational health and corporate sustainability.
4. As a result of investing in employee health and safety through an occupational and environmental health nurse (OHN), employers have realized positive bottom line results, reduced absenteeism, lower turnover rates, improved employee morale, increased productivity, and/or a positive brand image. (Source: multiple case studies, The Business Case for OHNs)

5. The OHN, as the recognized leader in workplace health and safety, is in a position to:
  • Collaborate with employees to develop model behaviors of good health,
  • Set expectations that employees self-manage their physical, mental and emotional health,
  • Leverage health promotion and disease management programs and services to increase employee accountability for health,
  • Serve as a health advocate and expert to internal and external groups, and
  • Provide expert and efficient management of occupational and non-occupational injury/illness leading to reduced time away from work and cost savings.
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