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New case management credential in the works

On Nov. 4, the leadership of the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) in Hinsdale, IL, approved a plan to develop a case management credential for occupational health nurses, Hospital Case Management has learned.

At its board meeting in June, ABOHN (which issues the COHN, or certified occupational health nurse credential) appointed a special task force to decide whether the organization should explore such a plan. The task force conducted "extensive market research," collecting more than 1,500 pieces of survey material and talking with existing case managers and employers of case managers in occupational health, says Sharon Kemerer, executive director of ABOHN.

"Based on all of that information, there seemed to be a very strong indication that there is a need for an occupational health nursing case management certification," Kemerer says.

For more information about ABOHN’s upcoming case management credential for occupational health nurses, contact Sharon Kemerer, executive director, American Board for Occupational Health Nurses, 201 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 114, Hinsdale, IL 60521. Telephone: (630) 789-5799.