Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Occupational Health: Nurses Release Public Policy Platform

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Occupational Health: Nurses Release Public Policy Platform

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The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) added a few new advocacy issues to this year's public policy platform, and several issues carried over from 2003 with a little tweaking.

"This year, AAOHN has added health promotion/disease prevention and work-place violence prevention to our public policy platform," said AAOHN President Susan A. Randolph. "In doing so, we are addressing some of the most critical issues facing the workplace--the need to improve employee health and therefore reduce health care costs, as well as the need to minimize physical, psychological and actual dollar costs associated with violence at work. OHNs have always taken a lead role in managing these challenges, but it's our goal to heighten visibility and awareness for these issues in a public policy context."

AAOHN will again be focusing public policy efforts on the nursing shortage. But this year's platform champions strategies to specifically improve the quality of the work environment for health care workers, and thus recruit and retain qualified nurses. …

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