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Occupational Health Nursing in Canada: Its Social Foundation and Future

Debra K. Olson and Deborah Stovin
Canadian Journal of Public Health / Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Vol. 83, No. 6 (NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 1992), pp. 452-455
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41991506
Page Count: 4
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Abstract

Our purpose in examining the social foundation of occupational health nursing is to better determine the future direction of the profession and its impact on a diverse workforce. Part of what makes up the profession of occupational health nursing is found in its definition: a process that is determined by the interaction between the occupational health nurse, worker, work and workplace; its goal is to assist the worker to achieve his or her optimal level of functioning, primarily through health education, health promotion, prevention of disease and injury and crisis intervention. Much of occupational health nursing is also based on its history and the traditions that have been established. A true understanding, then, of what occupational health nursing's future can be comes from a solid understanding of the history of the profession. As social trends in the past affected the profession, so will they in the future. Le but de notre examen du fondement social des services infirmiers(ères) de la santé au travail est de préciser la direction future de la profession et son impact sur une force ouvrière diversifiée. Un élément important de ce que sont les services înfirmiers(ères) de la santé au travail se retrouve dans sa définition: un processus qui est déterminé par l'interaction entre l'infirmier(ère) de la santé au travail, le travailleur, les tâches et le milieu de travail. Le but est d'assister le travailleur pour qu'il puisse atteindre son niveau maximum de rendement grâce à l'éducation en santé, la promotion de la santé, la prévention de maladies et blessures et l'intervention en temps de crises. Un autre élément majeur des services infirmiers(ères) de la santé au travail est basé sur la connaissance de son histoire et de ses coutumes. Une compréhension exacte de ce que détient le futur pour les services infirmiers(ères) de la santé au travail découle de la compréhension véritable de l'histoire de la profession. Les tendances sociales passées affecteront la profession dans le futur, tout comme elle l'ont fait dans le passé.

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