The American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) offers certification so that individuals may prove their professional knowledge and expertise. According to this board, individuals who receive certification have demonstrated a commitment to professional excellence.
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The two exams used for certification are a Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) and Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist (COHN-S) exams.
In order to sit for these exams, candidates must be licensed as registered nurses, must have 4000 hours of occupational health experience in the last five years, and must have completed 50 hours of continuing education in occupational health over the last five years.
The content of the COHN and COHN-S examinations is created by the board of directors and a professional examination service, and is designed to assess the skills and knowledge needed for practice as an occupational health nurse.
The COHN will assess the candidate’s skill as a clinician, coordinator, advisor, and case manager. It will cover the following content areas:
- chemical hazards
- while logic hazards
- safety and industrial hygiene issues
- standards and regulations
- emergency response
- physical hazards and ergonomics
- psycho-physiologic stress
- disease management
- health education and promotion
- management principles
- information management and record-keeping
- clinical practice
The COHN-S exam assesses the candidate’s skill as a clinician, manager, educator, consultant, and case manager. The content areas on the COHN-S exam are the same as those on the COHN exam, with an extra emphasis on leadership. The examinations consist of 150 multiple-choice questions, and must be completed within three hours. These exams are offered at AMP testing centers around the nation.