Eligibility - Case Management

DEFINITION OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING CASE MANAGEMENT

Occupational Health Nursing Case Management is the process of coordinating comprehensive healthcare services, following illness or injury, to achieve optimum quality care delivered in a cost effective manner. The process integrates assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation components.  OHNs as case managers provide all or a portion of these services in addition to coordination of all care delivered. (AAOHN, 2013)

The occupational health nurse case manager coordinates the proactive efforts of the health care team to facilitate an individual client's health care services from the onset of injury or illness to safe return to work or optimal alternative.  Case management includes the development of preventive systems and the mobilization of appropriate resources for care over the course of the health event.  Care is delivered with the goal of returning the worker to pre-illness or pre-injury function or to the highest level of functioning achievable.

The occupational health nurse case manager may coordinate services for workers with both occupational and non-occupational conditions, as well as dependents covered by the company's benefit plan.  These services can be delivered through a variety of models, i.e., on-site, telephonic, off-site, or a combination thereof.  Case management facilitates safe and timely return-to-work and results in cost savings.

ABOUT THE EXAMINATION

To achieve Case Management certification, eligible candidates must be successful on a 100-question multiple choice computer based examination.  The examinations are offered at 190 sites throughout the United States.   For a list of examination sites use this hyperlink http://www.goamp.com.   When you reach the site click on "Candidates", then click on "Healthcare" and then click on "American Board for Occupational Health Nurses".
 

Candidates have two hours to complete the examination.
 

The examination is developed and revised by the Board of Directors in consultation with a professional examination service.  Examination questions are written by a panel of certified occupational health nurse case managers, are edited by experts in testing and evaluation and are approved by the Board.  The examination content is based on the results of research designed to identify the tasks and knowledge required to practice in the specialty of occupational health nursing case management.  This method has resulted in a valid and highly reliable examination.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR CASE MANAGEMENT EXAMINATIONS

Criteria

Case Management Examination

Current Active Status

COHN or COHN-S

Current RN Licensure or international equivalent

Required

Continuing Education in Case Management

10 contact hours in the past 5 years