Occupational Health Nurse

The career of an occupational health nurse (OHN) involves overseeing the safety of employees in the work place. According to the website www.ehow.com they must be alert to any conditions that could be considered hazardous or could have a negative impact on employees’ health and well-being. If they determine any such conditions exist they are responsible for reporting them to management and they also communicate with management on a routine basis as to the general state of the work environment. Occupational health nurses must have good quantitative skills and must be detail-oriented and constantly on the alert of chemicals or anything else that could jeopardize workers. They are responsible for keeping accurate records of accidents injuries and illnesses and for working on policies that will insure the safety of employees. If accidents or illnesses occur they lead the investigation as to why they occurred and how such accidents and illnesses can be prevented in the future. Occupational health nurses are employed in construction chemical and other industries and in factories and warehouses where employees are exposed to health or safety hazards. Nurses in the field of occupational health must become certified occupational health nurses (COHN) which they can attain by meeting the standards of the American Board for Occupational Health Nursing. They must also meet the certification standards of the state where they work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts better than average prospects for employment in this field of nursing because of increased government oversight regarding the prevention of illness and injury in the work place. Earnings for occupational health nurses depend on level of education and experience but the median annual salary is approximately $57000.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $57000
High Salary: $67000
Low Salary: $47000
Tasks: Oversees the well-being of individuals within an organization.
Assesses working environments for potential health hazards.
Documents workplace injuries or illnesses.
Conducts health-related programs for members of an organization.
Also Called: OHN
Registered Nurse
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5630502_job-description-occupational-health-nurse.html