Independence, WI — Debra S. Bork RN, BSN, COHN-S, is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Top Healthcare Professional for her outstanding contributions and professional excellence as an Occupational Health Nurse Contractor.
Having led a remarkable career of service for 42 years, Mrs. Bork is a highly respected, certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and Registered Nurse. Her commendable repertoire of expertise includes all facets of nursing and education; she has served as a clinician, manager, educator, and case manager. She commenced her career in the Nursing Home environment where she served as a CNA for seven years. Since then, she had devoted the past 35 years in an Emergency Department, Urgent Care, and Occupational Health setting. Active in her community, Mrs. Bork served as the Chief Assistant Coroner for over a year for Buffalo County.
For the past 20 years, Mrs. Bork has owned and operated an Occupational Health Nurse Contractor company in Independence, Wisconsin. She is dedicated to providing a wide range of expert, caring, and compassionate nursing services to local businesses with onsite services. Services are designed to reduce overall costs of buying hearing protection, and decrease environmental waste, including Hearing Tests, Hearing Conservation Training, Respirator Medical Clearance, Fit Testing and Training, Vision Screening, BBP training, 1st Aid/CPR/AED Training, Pulmonary Function Testing, Hair Drug Testing, Breath Alcohol Testing, Urine Drug Testing, and Occupational Health consultations. She also provides onsite custom molded hearing protection services made to fit each employee.
In light of her academic achievements, Mrs. Bork completed her undergraduate studies at Winona State University. Following this, she changed schools to attend Western Wisconsin Technical College, where she obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing in 1985. Following this, she re-entered Winona State University, where she earned her Bachelors’ Degree in Nursing in 1987. In 2005 she took her board certification to become a COHN-S. Most recently Ms. Bork completed certification for COVID-19 Contact Tracing sponsored by John Hopkins University.
Remaining abreast of the latest advancements in her field, Mrs. Bork maintains active memberships with the organizations including the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, The American Board of Occupational Health Nurses, Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses, National Safety Council, National HealthCare Associates, Emergency Nurses Association, Minnesota Safety Council, and the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation. She is also a board member of the Winona Safety Council.
For those entering the health care field, Mrs. Bork advises, “Don’t give up on your hopes and dreams. Work hard in school. Take a CNA course.” She believes that hard work and determination, as well as, working as a CNA during school has attributed to her early success. Additionally, continuing to learn and grow over the years provides greater opportunities and opens new windows for exciting career moves and experiences.
In her spare time, Mrs. Bork enjoys farming with her husband of 38 years on a former Dairy, now Beef/Crop farm. She has been actively involved in all parts of the farming operations and fieldwork.
Mrs. Bork dedicates this recognition to her mother, Dora Jean Blaha, and her late father, Jerry Blaha. She thanks her mother for her continued love and support, as well as her spouse Dennis Bork and her family, Jeri Lynn (Bork) Olson and Michelle Lee (Bork) Brevitz. “I love you all very much and could not have taken this awesome ride without your love and support. You have all been an inspiration to me and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”