Research Award

Call for the 2022 Research Award Proposals and Applications

The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) Research Committee is accepting applications for the 2022 Research Award.

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.

Please consider participating in this is important work which contributes to improving worker health and safety and excellence in occupational health nursing. The winner of the award will receive $1,000 upon completion of the project.


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The 2020 -2021 ABOHN Research Award recipient:


                                           Lisa Hunwardsen RN, BS

Lisa is an Occupational Health Nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System based in Rochester, MN.  In this role she is responsible for employee health in the Southwest Minnesota Region, teaching and advising employees on how to work safely and assisting with immunizations and injury case management at five southern MN locations.  Ms. Hunwardsen has worked for Mayo Clinic Health System for 20 years. 

With the ABOHN research award, Lisa will develop and deploy a mixed methods survey designed to collect practicing OEHNs’ experiences and perspectives surrounding the SARS CoV-2 pandemic and the post-pandemic occupational health needs and priorities.  Ms. Hunwardsen is currently a NIOSH trainee enrolled in the Occupational Environmental Health Nursing program in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in 1990 and received her nursing degree at Mercy School of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa in 1994.