Notice to Occupational Health Nurses: Look for Survey on Respiratory Protection

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) wants to notify occupational health nurses to look for a survey this spring or summer on respiratory protection, and urges you to respond. ANA is counting on you and your participation. Your perspectives on respiratory protection will help inform our future work.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, Occupational Health Nurses (OHNs) and Respiratory Protection: Improving Education and Training (2011) outlined seven recommendations which include improving occupational health nurse competency in respiratory protection.

An advisory board was convened in December 2011, with stakeholder representation from ANA and these groups:

  • CDC/NIOSH National Personal Protection Technologies Laboratory
  • American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)
  • American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN)
  • Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP)
  • Institute of Medicine Standing Committee on Personal Protective Equipment for Workplace Safety and Health. 

The advisory board plans to conduct a web-based survey during the late spring or early summer to assess current occupational health nurse respiratory protection roles, responsibilities, and education needs. The findings will inform targeted education and innovative teaching methods to augment knowledge, skills and abilities of occupational health nurses in the area of respiratory protection. ANA looks forward to your participation.