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Practice Resources

The following resources were created by AOHNA for all Occupational Health Nursing professionals and are free to members and the member associations that form COHNA.
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Practice Standards for Occupational Health Nurses

The Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association/ Association Canadienne des Infirmieres et infirmiers en Sante du Travail (COHNA-ACIIST), in consultation with AOHNA, has developed the Standards of Practice to define and advance practice in Occupational Health Nursing. A standard is an authoritative statement that describes the required behaviour of every OHN and is used to evaluate individual performance.  

Documented standards delineate professional practice expectations, enable sound decision making, support effective communication and always apply.  The Standards of Practice describe a competent level of performance with regard to the nursing process and professional roles of the Occupational Health Nurse in Canada.   These standards are free to the member associations that form the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association/ Association Canadienne des Infirmieres et infirmiers en Sante du Travail (COHNA-ACIIST).

Competencies for Occupational Health Nurses

The Competencies for Occupational Health Nurses apply to the Occupational Health Nursing practice and align with the listing of competencies provided by the Canadian Nurses Association. To meet these competencies, OHNs must base their practice on specific knowledge, skills, and expertise, to demonstrate competency in their practice while working within the provincial and territorial competencies of their Provincial or Territorial regulator.  are free to the member associations that form the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association/ Association Canadienne des Infirmieres et infirmiers en Sante du Travail (COHNA-ACIIST).

 

Disability Management Practice Standards for Occupational Health Nurses


The Disability Management Practice Standards were developed to serve as a practice standard. Unlike disability guidelines, which advise on the expected length of absences for various illnesses or injuries, these standards, or codes of practice, outline the disability management best practice strategies for OHNs to follow.  These materials are presented in a manner that the reader gains a working understanding of the Disability Case Management Standard of Practice, the industry Disability Management best practices, Disability Management as a business function, the related nursing best practices in Disability Management and how OHNs are competent at providing a unique role in Disability Management.  are free to the member associations that form the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association/ Association Canadienne des Infirmieres et infirmiers en Sante du Travail (COHNA-ACIIST).

Privacy and Confidentiality Guidelines for Occupational Health Nurses

The nursing profession has a long history in safeguarding the confidentiality of personal health information as a vital component of their professional relationship with patients.   Privacy standards in legislation are paramount over professional ethics and codes of practice, but only if they are in conflict.  These guidelines have been created as a quick reference for OHNs and are free for members.

Canadian Occupational Health Nursing Salary Surveys

AOHNA launched the first national salary survey in 2015. The results of the data analysis from the participating groups have been consolidated and reported, where possible, by region: Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Yukon, Northwest Territories), Central Canada (Ontario and Quebec) and Atlantic Canada (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Nunavut, and Newfoundland and Labrador).  The intent of the surveys is to acquire the pertinent demographic and employment information to support Occupational Health Nursing practice across Canada.  Surveys were conducted in 2015, 2017 and 2019.

AOHNA Mentorship Program

OHNs often work in independent practice and may not have opportunities to further their professional growth and develop connections to other OHNs in a supportive environment. Optimum career development for OHNs is about continual growth, adaptation to change, experiential learning and intentional career development.   The AOHNA Mentorship Program can offer goal-directed positive development for both the mentor and the mentee.  

 

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