Occupational Health Nurse - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Occupational Health Nurse

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Job Description


Occupational health nurses (OHN) are responsible for evaluating the potential health and safety risks of workers.

These are licensed registered nurses who are trained to assess the potential for harm at workplaces from hazardous substances or physical dangers, and they are also equipped to treat illnesses and injuries.

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Responsibilities

 

Occupational health nurses work with business owners to ensure that the workplace will be as safe as possible.

Programs will be designed according to the type of work being done, the people working at the particular locale, and the requirements of the community and environment.

The primary concern of the OHN is to assure that the workplace is safe by helping to institute cost-effective and preventive-orientated safety programs.

One of the more diverse of the nursing disciplines, OHNs can function as consultants, managers, case workers, or clinicians.

Their duties will involve:

  • Emergency preparedness and disaster planning

  • Environmental concerns

  • Disease management

  • Employee medical treatment

  • Emergency care for any injuries or illnesses that take place at work

OHNs also assist with worker rehabilitation after an accident and will advise about community resources that may be available.

Because a worker’s health does not stop at the workplace door, OHNs are happy to provide workers with information about taking more responsibility for their own lives, such as good eating habits, the best use of available medical services, and curtailing the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other mood changing substances.

Occupational health nurses research the effects of any potential workplace hazards that might have a deleterious effect on workers’ families and the community at large.

It has been found that organizations that hire OHNs can actually reduce their operating costs since disability claims, worker injuries, and absenteeism are reduced, while the safety, health, and satisfaction of the workers rises.

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Skills

 

Physical Endurance

OHNs work on their feet all the time and need to be able to respond quickly to situations as they arise.

Stress Management

They must manage the stress and pressure that comes with their job.

Empathy

Being able to relate to patients on an emotional level and understand what they go through is super important for nurses because they are a primary contact for patients.

Organization

Must be able to situate tasks and documents so as not to mix up records or medications.

Communication

They must mediate between patients, their families and doctors, so they have to communicate clearly and relay information at a high level.

Patience

Becoming a nurse and advancing in the field takes time, so it's important to take it slow and easy and save yourself a ton of anxiety.

Detail-Oriented

OHNs have a ton of tasks they must perform, so they have to pay attention when they are multitasking to avoid error.

Critical Thinking

Must constantly be devising new ways of interacting with people, adapt to changes, and learn about the things a medical professional needs to know.

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Working Conditions


You can find occupational health nurses in a wide range of career slots, such as an educator in a classroom, a consultant for businesses, corporate director, or as a clinician.

In most cases, being an OHN is a Monday to Friday job, with only minimal chances for working outside of regular hours.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
01.24.2017
- Associate's Degree Provides a comprehensive occupational health program for industrial clients. This position will be located in Seneca, SC. Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing and licensed as a Registered Nurse in...
01.09.2017
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03.27.2017
Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
03.27.2017
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03.20.2017
The Occupational Health Technician oversees the day-to-day drug screen collections, Breath Alcohol Testing, Audiomerty testing, Spirometry testing and other occupational health functions. The Occupational Health technician will also assist with...
12.07.2016
This position focuses on promotion, protection and restoration of workers' health within the context of a safe and healthy work environment, collaborating with workers, employers and other professionals to: prioritize interventions; develop and...
03.27.2017
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12.14.2016
Job Req ID: 120221 Position Number: 00142809 Employment Type: Full Time Shift: Variable/On Call Shift Details : Standard Hours:  40.00 Department Name: Occupational Health Location: CHS...
03.20.2017
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03.24.2017
This position provides a central person to conduct the OMC Occupational Health after-hours drug screen and alcohol testing program. She/he possesses independent and self-motivated qualities to manage after-hour services and provide occupational...
03.27.2017
RN - Registered Nurse Growth opportunity available for a Registered Nurse with Occupational Health team at Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS)! If you are looking to utilize your clinical experience and develop lean leadership skills,...
03.05.2017
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03.06.2017
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  1. Staff Nurse - Occupational Health Anderson, SC AnMed Health
    - Associate's Degree Provides a comprehensive occupational health program for industrial clients. This position will be located in Seneca, SC. Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing and licensed as a Registered Nurse in...
  2. Occupational Health Nurse Pella, IA Pella Regional Health Center
    Collaborates with the health care team using evidence based practice, demonstrating accountability, respect for patients, families and coworkers, while providing safe and optimal patient outcomes. Promotes continuity of care by communicating...
  3. Nurse Practitioner - Occupational Health - Gainesville Gainesville, FL UF Health Shands Hospital
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  4. Occupational Health Nurse - Signature Care Hendersonville, NC Pardee Hospital
    The Occupational Health Nurse is the key health care provider serving Pardee Business and Industry Services. Working with the Medical Director and Signature Care, he/she will be primarily responsible for the successful operation of on-site...
  5. Nurse Practitioner-PA Occupational Health Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Healthcare
    Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,700 employees, and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare operates two-acute care hospitals, the Cape's...
  6. Occupational Health Nurse - Subaru (Lafayette, IN) Indianapolis, IN Community Health Network
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  7. Occupational Health Technician Hendersonville, NC Pardee Hospital
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  8. ONSITE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH REGISTERED NURSE I Cincinnati, OH TriHealth
    This position focuses on promotion, protection and restoration of workers' health within the context of a safe and healthy work environment, collaborating with workers, employers and other professionals to: prioritize interventions; develop and...
  9. Director, Occupational Health Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
    Will be responsible for the development, implementation, and ongoing management of FirstHealth Occupational Medicine Program. Responsible for clinical operations and process management for the program. Responsible for the...
  10. Clinical Nurse Manager - Occupational Health Charlotte, NC Carolinas HealthCare System
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  13. Occupational Nurse Specialist Gainesville, GA Northeast Georgia Health System
    RN - Registered Nurse Growth opportunity available for a Registered Nurse with Occupational Health team at Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS)! If you are looking to utilize your clinical experience and develop lean leadership skills,...
  14. Occupational Therapist - Home Health Oklahoma City, OK St. Anthony Hospital
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  15. RN-Occupational Health-John Deere Dubuque, IA UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital
    RN-Occupational Health-John Deere (Job ID: 22724) Dubuque Business Health FTE: 0.010000 This position will be located at John Deere in Dubuque, IA. Work Schedule: This is a PRN position. Work hours will vary per required need. You...