As a founding member of the AOHNA I am pleased with the progress we have made, from being thought of as people who do first aid & knitting (as I was told when I took my first OH job) to certified OH practitioners.
When my fellow OHN Joyce Cusack and I developed and taught the first OHN course in Canada we tried to give "factory nurses" support and knowledge to help them expand their practice to a broader level, and be recognized as specialists in a unique branch of nursing. We started something! Now the Canadian Nurses Association has recognized OH as a Canadian Certification, and some companies even require it for employment. Wow! Keep up the good work.