Standards

The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Inc. (AAOHN), the professional association for occupational and environmental health nurses, establishes and promulgates standards for this nursing specialty based on the scope of practice.

Standards of occupational and environmental health nursing are developed by the profession to define and advance practice and provide a framework for evaluation. These authoritative statements describe the accountability of the practitioner and reflect the values and priorities of the profession.

AAOHN has identified the 11 professional practice standards below that describe a competent level of performance with regard to the nursing process and professional roles of the occupational and environmental health nurse. Criteria developed for each standard are key indicators of competent practice and permit occupational and environmental health nurses to evaluate their practice relative to the standards.

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Standards of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing


Standard I. Assessment

The occupational and environmental health nurse systematically assesses the health status of the client(s).

Standard II. Diagnosis

The occupational and environmental health nurse analyzes assessment data to formulate diagnoses.

Standard III. Outcome Identification

The occupational and environmental health nurse identifies outcomes specific to the client(s).

Standard IV. Planning

The occupational and environmental health nurse develops a goal-directed plan that is comprehensive and formulates interventions to attain expected outcomes.

Standard V. Implementation

The occupational and environmental health nurse implements interventions to attain desired outcomes identified in the plan.

Standard VI. Evaluation

The occupational and environmental health nurse systematically and continuously evaluates responses to interventions and progress toward the achievement of desired outcomes.

Standard VII. Resource Management

The occupational and environmental health nurse secures and manages the resources that support occupational health and safety programs and services.

Standard VIII. Professional Development

The occupational and environmental health nurse assumes accountability for professional development to enhance professional growth and maintain competency.

Standard IX. Collaboration

The occupational and environmental health nurse collaborates with clients for the promotion, prevention and restoration of health within the context of a safe and healthy environment.

Standard X. Research

The occupational and environmental health nurse uses research findings in practice and contributes to the scientific base in occupational and environmental health nursing to improve practice and advance the profession.

Standard XI. Ethics

The occupational and environmental health nurse uses an ethical framework as a guide for decision making in practice.