ABOHN offers several awards associated with the certification testing.
Debra L. Fischer Gibbon Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award.
This prestigious award is presented annually to the occupational health nurse who receives the highest score on the previous year’s Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S) certification examination.This award has been established to honor Debra Lynn Fisher Gibbon, a former Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP), who lost her life on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001. A senior vice president for AON Risk Services, Ms. Gibbon coordinated services for the company’s top clients. Ms. Gibbon worked for 17 years in the area of occupational health and safety.
Ann M Lachat Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award
This award is presented annually to the occupational health nurse who receives the highest score on the previous year's Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) certification examination. This award was established in 1997 to honor ABOHN 's first chair, Marguerite Ahern Graff. This award was rededicated in 2015 and will be known as the Ann M. Lachat Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing award beginning in 2016. This re-dedication is to honor ABOHN CEO Ann M. Lachat who retired in 2015 after 21 years at ABOHN.
Ada Mayo Stewart Excellence in Occupational Health Case Management Award
This prestigious award is presented annually by the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) to the individual who achieved the highest score on the previous year’s Case Management certification examination. This award was established in January 2000 to honor Ada Mayo Stewart. In 1895, Ms. Stewart was one of the first industrial health nurses in the United States. Her practice at the Vermont Marble Company involved many facets of occupational health case management. She worked in the clinic, provided health education for employees and their families and made home visits. She was the first case manager in occupational health nursing as we know it today.
Employer Recognition Award
The ABOHN Employer Recognition Award is awarded each year to a company that demonstrates support and encouragement for the personal and professional development of the certified Occupational Health Nurses that they employ. This award recipient demonstrates that it recognizes the value that certification brings to its organization and acknowledges the OHN’s contributions in a variety of ways.
The purposes of the Applied Research Grant can be to demonstrate the value of certification in occupational health nursing, explore the effects of certification in occupational health nursing, and/or assist occupational health nurses (OHN) to be successful in becoming certified.