ABOHN CEO Ann Lachat
to retire June 2015
ABOHN BOD currently seeking an Executive Director
It is with regret that the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses announces that Chief Executive Officer, Ann M. Lachat, RN, BSN, COHN-S/CM, FAAOHN plans to retire on June 30, 2015. We are extremely grateful to Ann for her outstanding leadership of our organization and for her guidance in enhancing our credentialing programs.
ABOHN is seeking a dynamic and innovative occupational health nurse leader to serve as their full time Executive Director. This exciting position affords outstanding opportunities for an individual who is interested in actively contributing to the advancement of occupational health nursing professionalism through credentialing. The successful candidate will provide leadership and vision in enhancing and documenting the value and recognition of certification for occupational health nurses, employers, workers, and peers in related safety and health disciplines.
The position requires preparation at the Master’s level or equivalent professional experience. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for ABOHN certification. Approximately 25% travel is required. The detailed position description is attached here. If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit your resume at your earliest convenience to the ABOHN office at 201 East Ogden, Suite 114, Hinsdale, IL 60521.
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.