1. Certification is a mark of prestige.
2. Certification is a significant personal and professional accomplishment.
3. Certification can advance your career.
4. Certified OHNs earn significantly more.
5. Employers regard certification as a mark of quality and rely on certification when making employment decisions.

The certified OHN provides knowledgeable management of occupational injuries and illnesses and facilitates early return to work processes.

7. The certified OHN can reduce the employer's legal exposure through management of regulatory requirements such as OSHA, FMLA, ADA, DOT, HIPAA, etc.
8. Certification enhances your disease management and health promotion skills.
9. Certified OHNs make a positive impact on the employer's financial bottom line.
10. Certification augments competence and on-the-job productivity.






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January 18, 2016

Iowa Specialty Hospitals & Clinics, located in Clarion, IA is currently seeking an Advanced Practitioner to work within the Occupational Health department. This position is the primary provider for Occupational Health, with training and oversight from the Certified Occupational Med. Physician. Follow this link for more information and contact information.







































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Who We Are and What We Do

The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) is an independent nursing specialty certification board. We have over 12,000 active certified nurses working today.

ABOHN was founded in 1972 as an independent not-for-profit organization to set professional standards and conduct occupational health nursing specialty certification. ABOHN is the sole certifying body for occupational health nurses in the United States and awards three credentials: Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN), Certified Occupational Health Nurse - Specialist (COHN-S) and, Case Management (CM)..

ABOHN has certified approximately 16,000 and currently has 5, 200 active certificants.

We use predetermined standards of nursing practice to validate an individual registered nurse's qualifications, knowledge and practice in specific areas of occupational health nursing.

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Hinsdale, IL The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses, Inc. (ABOHN) is proud to announce in cooperation with our testing administrator and research coordinator Applied Measurement Professionals, the release of the 2012 Practice Analysis Report. 


The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) is the sole provider of certification in the specialty of occupational health nursing in the United States.  ABOHN must ensure their certification examinations validly reflect the scope of current occupational health nursing practice by periodically conducting a practice analysis.  This report presents the findings of this research study. 


The primary purpose of this practice analysis was to confirm the knowledge, skills and activities currently required for the proficient practice of occupational health nursing as reflected by the tasks performed.   A valid and reliable survey instrument was developed by a practice analysis committee of subject matter experts. 


The survey contained 20 demographic questions and 136 nursing task statements.  An email invitation to participate in the web-based survey containing a link to the survey instrument was then distributed to 8,720 occupational health nurses in the United States and Canada.  After reducing the survey sample for undeliverable emails and addresses (n=2401), 6,319 surveys remained.  Respondents returned 2,594 surveys for a total response rate of 38.1%. Decision rules were developed to determine which tasks were appropriate for inclusion in the examinations.  The revised examination blueprints are used to refine the ABOHN certification examinations.


Since its inception in 1972, ABOHN has awarded the Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN), Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S), Case Management (CM) and Safety Management (SM) credentials to more than 12,000 Occupational Health Nurses. 


Full access to the 2011 Practice Analysis Report can be found through the hyperlink.


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Welcome to our new Board members who will serve a two year term - 6/2015 - 6/2017



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American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN)

National Conference


April 11-14, 2016
Hyatt Regency

Jacksonville Riverfront

Jacksonville, FL

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Respiratory Protection Education & Resources Webkit


Now available FREE from AAOHN


This educational product is designed for occupational and environmental nurses and awards 1.5 CNEs for a comprehensive review and update for the Respiratory Protection (RP) OSHA Standard. The resources available with the educational module make this a webpage that is ONE-STOP SHOPPING for everything respiratory protection!


Learn more by downloading the flyer or go to the AAOHN website for additional information.






"Certified Self-Assessment Tests"!



Are you getting ready to take an exam? Do you know that ABOHN offers CSAT's for each exam type?


CSAT's are "certified self-assessment tests" created by certified occupational health nurses which may help you assess your readiness to take an exam. CSAT's conform to the specific exam's blueprint and core content areas, have 50 questions and provide a written rationale for each correct answer.


ABOHN offers two unique volumes for all three credentials. Follow this link for the CSAT order form.




Candidate Experience

Video Now Available


We know that committing to becoming certified can be stressful. Our testing provider, Applied Management Professionals (AMP) has released a video which gives detailed information on scheduling instructions and what to expect on test day. This great resource was designed to help better prepare AMP testing candidates during the process.


Please go here to view the video.









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