An occupational health nurse (OHN) is a registered nurse who observes and assesses workers' health with respect to their job tasks and potential hazards. An OHN prevents and treats health effects from hazardous exposures at work. These specialized professionals are educated to recognize adverse health effects, address them and help control them. Occupational nursing scholarships help fund the cost of this higher education.
DAR Occupational Scholarships
The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) awards the Occupational/Physical Therapy Scholarship to students who show financing need and have been accepted into an accredited school of occupational therapy. The deadline to apply is February 15. To learn more, visit dar.org/natsociety/edout_scholar.cfm.
AAOHN Occupational Nursing Scholarships
The American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN) awards a number of $3,000 Professional Development Scholarships each year. Those studying occupational and environmental health at a graduate level and RN's pursuing a BS in nursing can apply. Applications are required to submit a 500-word personal essay and two letters of recommendation by December 1. To find out more, visit aaohn.org or contact AAOHN Foundation, 2920 Brandywine Road, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30341-4146, phone (770) 455-7757, ext. 107.
Graduate Occupational Nursing Scholarships
One student pursuing a graduate degree in occupational health nursing will receive the $1,000 Thompson Scholarship for Women in Safety through the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). To be considered, applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Applications are available as of September 1. For additional information, go to asse.org/foundation/scholarships/scholarships.php.
Graduate nursing students enrolled in occupational and environmental health nursing programs are encouraged to apply for the Scholarship in Advanced Practice Nursing with a Focus Pulmonary Care through the American Lung Association of California in the amount of $6,000. Students must completed an application form, outline curriculum, letter of support and letters of recommendation. Learn more at californialung.org/research/scholarship.html.
Minnesota Occupational Nursing Scholarships
Full-time students enrolled in the occupational health nursing program may qualify for one of University of Minnesota, Department of Environmental Health Sciences National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Traineeships. The award profits stipends and tuition reimbursement. Other Department scholarships are also available. For more information, visit enhs.umn.edu.
Harvard Occupational Nursing Traineeships
Students enrolled in the occupational health nursing program at Harvard may qualify for one of the traineeships at Harvard School of Public Health, Education and Research Center (ERC). Recipients of the award receive partial financial aid in the form of tuition, fees, health insurance and stipend. For additional information, contact Harvard School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology, 665 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 or go to hsph.harvard.edu/research/erc/.
University of North Carolina Occupational Nursing Scholarships
If you are a graduate student who completed at least half your course work toward a Master's Degree in occupational or public health nursing can apply for two annual awards. To qualify for the Imogene Pence Klingenfus Award and the Margaret Blee-Ruth Warwick Hay Award, students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be academically distinguished. To find out more, go to sph.unc.edu/phlp/available_awards_273_655.html.
Atlanta Occupational Nursing Scholarships
The University of Alabama School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers scholarships for students pursuing careers in occupational health nursing. The Education and Research Centers (ERC) are funding by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Nursing students may pursue the master's and doctoral programs in occupational health nursing.
Courses are offered online with field experience in the fall and spring terms. Scholarships for tuition and a small stipend are available. For additional information, contact Karen Heaton, PhD, CEN, FNP-BC at (205) 996-9467 or Kathleen Brown, RN, PhD at (205) 934-6858.
Metrolina Association of Occupational Health Nurses Scholarships
The College of Health and Human Services at UNC Charlotte offers Metrolina Association of Occupational Health Nurses scholarships to qualified students. Applicants should be an RN returning to school top pursue a BSN with a GPA of 3.0 of better and occupational health nursing applicants are preferred. The scholarship is renewable and can be applied to tuition, books and/or room and board. MAOHN would also like the scholarship recipient to attend at least one of the association's regular meetings. The total amount awarded is $350 with an application deadline of March 31. Find out more at nursing.uncc.edu/sites/nursing.uncc.edu/files/media/MetrolinaAssociationofOccupationalHealthNurses.pdf.
Newman University Occupational Nursing Scholarships
New scholarships for occupational nursing students at Newman University include the Marjorie Chance Endowed Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship. The Chance scholarships will be awarded to selected students beginning in the fall 2011 semester and the Allied Health awards will be given as early as the fall 2012 semester. To learn more about these scholarship opportunities, visit news.newmanu.edu/2011/05/19/new-nursing-scholarship-programs-established.
Kentucky Occupational Nursing Scholarships
Kentucky residents may qualify for the Patsy Quint Occupational Health Nurses Endowed Scholarship to pursue advanced degrees. One scholarship of $500 is awarded in June each year. Applicants must be Kentucky residents who are RNs in occupational health pursuing a master's or doctoral degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit a personal narrative, official transcript, three original letters of recommendation and a letter of acceptance from their school. Full-time students are given preference. Contact Kansas Nurses Foundation, 1208 S.W. Tyler, Topeka, KS 66612, phone (785) 233-8638 or visit nursingworld.org/snas.ks for additional info.
New Jersey Occupational Nursing Scholarships
Members of the New Jersey State Association of Occupational Health Nurses (NJSAOHN) may qualify for one of their scholarships with an application deadline of January 15. The Debra Lynn Gibbon Nurse of the Year award is given to an occupational health nurse for performing outstanding service in daily professional responsibilities. The $2,000 award is used for attendance at the Annual AAOHN Conference for the coming year. To find out more, visit njsaohn.org/resources/scholarships.aspx.
South Carolina Occupational Nursing Scholarships
The South Carolina State Association of Occupational Health Nurses offers a $500 scholarship to a student with a minimum GPA of 2.5. The application deadline is March 1. Contact Clemson University, Office of Financial Aid, G-01 Sikes Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-5123, phone (803) 656-2280 or visit clemson.edu for more information.
New Hampshire Occupational Nursing Scholarships
The New Hampshire Association of Occupational Health Nurses offers the Kathleen Schusler Memorial Scholarship for academic study and ABOHN certification. One $1,000 scholarships is awarded to further professional education or certification for occupational and environmental health professionals for a bachelor or graduate degree or OHN certification. Submissions are made from August 1 to September 30. Candidates must be an NEAOHN member and registered nurse enrolled in a full-time or part-time occupational or environmental program. Applicants submit a narrative and letter of recommendation. To learn more, visit neaohn.org.
As technology continues to move forward in the workplace, occupational health nurses will have ongoing opportunities for professional success and fulfillment. Scholarships help cover the cost of continuing education in this exciting field.