It is the occupational health nurse who works toward maximizing employee productivity and overall health and safety so that disability claims, on-the-job injury claims, and absenteeism are all greatly reduced. As such, occupational health nurses create a safer and healthier work environment to the benefit of all.
The role of the occupational health nurse is a multi-faceted and diverse one, as these advanced nursing professionals serve as healthcare providers, safety inspectors, educators, and architects of new health and safety measures and programs. The job duties of an occupational health nurse may include:
Developing and implementing health and safety programs
Developing disease prevention programs, such as smoking cessation, exercise, and healthy eating programs
Documenting all employee injuries and illnesses within the workplace
Observing and assessing the work environment for potential dangers and hazards
Treating injuries and illnesses for employees, including follow-ups and referrals
Overseeing and implementing emergency and disaster preparedness programs and planning
Serving as a gatekeeper for healthcare services, including rehabilitation and disability matters
Counseling employees on physical and mental health issues and guiding them toward community resources and/or employee assistance programs
Monitoring the health status of employees
Conducting research on the effects of hazardous work conditions or workplace exposures, which may include gathering data and reporting findings to the employer
Judgment, Supervision, Informing Others, Nursing Skills, Creating a Safe, Effective Environment, Hospital Environment, Medical Teamwork, Listening, Pain Mana.