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Name: Occupational Health Nurse
Description: Occupational health nursing combines concepts of public health and nursing theory in an orientation toward primary prevention or keeping healthy workers healthy and includes managing workers' compensation records, assisting in meeting the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), conducting environmental surveillance for health hazards, providing direct nursing care to employees, promoting health education, and counseling employees.
Practice setting: Businesses and industrial sites, including inpatient and outpatient healthcare facilities
Client age group: Adults
Diagnoses: Hypertension, musculoskeletal injuries, back or neck pain, and minor trauma, such as lacerations and contusions
Practice roles: Clinical — staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner
Nurse case manager
Management — nurse manager, supervisor, coordinator
Research nurse
Characteristics: Autonomy and independence, patient care and relationships, innovative thinking, regular and predicable hours, variety of duties
Challenges: Paperwork, bureaucratic concerns
Desirable skills: Medical/surgical (assessment, wound care, first aid), independence, assertiveness, communication, adult health and educational concepts, people skills
Education: RN with AD, Diploma, or BSN (preferred)
Employers: Businesses, such as factories, mills, corporate offices, department stores, shopping malls, hospitals, and other large employers
American Board for Occupational Health Nurses
201 E. Ogden
Suite 114
Hinsdale, IL 60251-3652
(888) 842-2646
(630) 789-5799
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
2920 Brandywine Road
Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30341
(770) 455-7757
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