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Almost all physicians in general practice and many of those in the specialties have occasion to practice occupational medicine in varying degrees. Those who do, and especially those who do in-plant or on-call work with business or industry, realize the importance of medical directives for occupational health nurses.
Many, if not most, occupational health nurses are the sole medical representative in their place of employment. In carrying out her nursing duties, especially in emergencies, she must have the medical guidance that good medical directives can provide.
Such medical directives must be provided by the physician in charge, be he full-time, part-time, or only on-call. To help the physician prepare sound, understandable, well-written medical directives, the Council on Occupational Health of the AMA has developed a "Guide for the Development of Medical Directives for Occupational Health Nurses," which appears in the December issue of the AMA Archives of Environmental Health.
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