or degree in nursing and a variety of additional qualifications and experience.
OHNs may also have a master’s degree/diploma/certificate in Occupational Health from a
community college or from a University. OHN’s may also be certified in Occupational Health
Nursing. Certification indicates the nurse has met specific eligibility requirements, passed a
written exam and has met a national standard of competency in Occupational Health through
the Canadian Nurses Association (www.can-nurses.ca). In Canada, expertise unique to this
specialty is recognized with initials COHN(C), granted by the Canadian Nurses Association.
The initials COHN or COHN(S) recognize US Certification. These are marks of distinction for
Occupational Health Nursing Excellence.
OHNs must be licensed to practice in their respective provinces. OHNs are guided by Standards
of Occupational Health Nursing Practice in Canada and by various Acts within the provincial or
federal legislation. OHNs are held accountable in practice by their licensing body.
OHNs may be members of the Canadian Occupational Health Nurses Association Inc.
Association Canadienne des Infirmieres et Infirmiers en Sante du Travail Inc. (COHNA/ACIIST)
and the professional association in their respective province. COHNA/ACIIST is a professional
association, which promotes continuing education to maintain a high degree of competence and
meet the ongoing challenges of the changing work environment.
To provide OH nursing educational opportunities.
To network with OH nurses.
To lobby for public awareness for OH nurses.
To provide communication for OH nursing issues.
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