Environmental Health Nurse

Environmental health nurses who are sometimes called “occupational health nurses” or “EHNs” specialize in fulfilling health service needs both in clinics and on job sites. They have a number of roles one of which is to provide work place health care. They often treat work-related injuries and also evaluate the physical status of newly hired workers. They often administer immunizations and provide other types of preventive health care to workers in a company with the goal of minimizing absenteeism and maximizing employee productivity. In addition they educate workers about personal health issues and on the safety regulations of the work place which are intended to minimize environmental hazards. Some environmental health nurses play an educational role in the surrounding community serving as consultants on issues related to occupational safety and good public health practices. According to the website httpeducation-portal.com environmental health nurses are trained as registered nurses (RNs). Therefore they must have earned an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing. However most have a four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing and they must be licensed to practice in the state where they work. Many earn certification as family nurse practitioners by passing an exam administered by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Some go on to earn master’s degrees in nursing and pass an exam given by the National Council of State Board of Nursing. Employment prospects for environmental health nurses is very good and according to the website www1.salary.com environmental health nurses earn approximately $68577 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $68556
High Salary: $83664
Low Salary: $53448
Tasks: Treats work-related injuries.
Educates employees on the benefits of a safe work environment.
Encourages employees to use safety precautions while on the job.
Attempts to prevent the spread of illnesses among employees in an organization.
Also Called: Occupational Health Nurse
Registered Nurse
Environmental Health Nurse
EHN
Additional Resources: http://www.myplan.com/majors/occupational-and-environmental-health-nursing/description-51.1618.html
http://education-portal.com/articles/Occupational_Health_Nurse_Practitioner_Job_Description_and_Responsibilities.html
http://www.hughston.com/hha/a_16_3_2.htm