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 Fischer 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. 

The 2021 Debra L. Fischer Gibbon Excellence in Occupational Health Nursing Award is presented to:

Daniel Rivera, RN, BSN, MSN, COHN-S




Daniel (Danny) Rivera earned his BSN at the University of Tampa in 2009 and his MSN at The College of New Jersey in 2014. Before obtaining his MSN, his Nurse experience from 2009 to 2014 has been in Behavioral Health, Telemetry, and the Emergency Department. Once he obtained his MSN he worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Department (ED) at Princeton Penn Medicine Hospital from 2014-2018 and currently maintains his privileges and per diem status with the hospital.

Since 2018 Danny has pursued occupational health as a Nurse Practitioner working for Johnson & Johnson. In Danny’s current role he has responsibilities at two Johnson & Johnson sites in New Jersey managing both occupational and non-occupational healthcare needs for the Johnson & Johnson site employees.  Additionally, over the last 2 years, Danny has been given the opportunity to significantly contribute to COVID-19 pandemic response projects, most recently leading a program focused on providing US-based Johnson & Johnson employees with onsite access to obtain both the flu and COVID-19 booster vaccinations.

In his spare time Danny enjoys volunteering at church, weightlifting, mountain biking, and archery, and most importantly, loves spending time with his wife and their newborn baby girl.

Congratulations Daniel!