c/o Occupational Health Department
Mercy University Hospital
Margaret Morrissey (Treasurer)
Tel: +353 877574690
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSE SECTION - INMO
A Brief History 1974 - 2003
The OHN Section inaugural meeting was held on January 14, 1974
Section Aims in 1974:
The main aims were:
- To outline a standard salary scale for Occupational Health Nurses. (Negotiations were initiated with individual firms)
- To set up a recognised educational course for OHNs which would be facilitated by An Bord Altranais.
During the 70’s the committee contacted hospitals regarding the establishment of Occupational Health Units and produced a booklet entitled: ‘An OHN Service’
The Founding Officers (1974)
Chairperson: Mary O’Calley
Vice Chairperson: Claire Egan
Secretary: Renee Deering
Current criteria for membership of the OHN Section (2003):
A recognised qualification in Occupational Health & Safety either at certificate, higher diploma, degree level or higher and working in an Occupational Health Nursing or Occupational Health Nurse Educator role.
OHN Section Mission Statement
The promotion, support and development of Occupational Health Nurses in their multi-faceted role as Health & Safety Professionals, throughout the working environment
FOHNEU Mission Statement:
To Consolidate and represent the voice of Occupational Health Nursing within the EU in order to promote the Health, Safety & Well-being of the European Workforce
Global Objectives of the Section Membership
- Produce and work from a Yearly Action Plan which looks at our needs from the following perspectives: Political, Educational / Professional Development, Communication & Visionary.
- Remain affiliated members of the Federation of Occupational Health Nurses within the EU. (FOHNEU) and attend meetings. Have an input to the content of the FOHNEU Congress. www.fohneu.org
- Promote the professional development of the Occupational Health Nurse as a competent health & safety practitioner.
- Continue to hold an Annual Conference
- Regular lobbying of all relevant bodies to progress topics relevant to Occupational Health Nursing
- Communicate with our members via the OHN Section Webpage and by regular submission of articles to the Section Page of the World of Irish Nursing. Trial holding our evening meetings by teleconferencing or video conferencing.