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Occupational Health Nurse

Posted on December 7, 2011 | 2 Comments on Occupational Health Nurse

An occupational health nurse is a registered nurse who specializes in caring and preventing injuries and illness at work or in an occupational setting. The occupational nurse is particularly concerned with workplace health and safety. Aside from the typical nurse job of overseeing the health of the employees, the occupational nurse evaluates the health status of individual personnel in relation to the nature and demands of their work job as well as the hazards or risk that comes with it. The nurse utilizes his knowledge to avert if not eliminate any potential risk that could in turn make workers susceptible to harm and accidents. As such, the occupational nurse is involved in making policies towards the attainment of the optimum health for individual employees as well as the whole organization.

An occupation nurse is first and foremost a registered nurse. This means that she has successfully completed nursing study and had been proven to have reached the standards set by the government to practice the profession. In short, the nurse should have passed the nursing board exam and acquired a nursing license. Because occupation health nursing is a specialized field, one also needs to pursue supplementary training or an internship about occupational health. It is equally important for the nurse to gain pertinent practical experience. The supplementary training that the nurse must undertake will enhance one’s knowledge on the areas of psychology, management and government regulations. In the Philippines, such training pertains to the Course in Basic Occupational Safety & Health (BOSH) for Nurses. Such training is usually conducted by the Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Philippines (OHNAP), Inc. This training program usually last for six days and is a requirement by the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) of the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE). The training provided included a discussion of the fundamental knowledge and skills in occupation safety and health implementation, introduction to the different laws, legislations and standards in the workplace that pertains to occupational safety and health, explanation to the duties and functions of an occupation health nurse in advancing safety and health in the workplace, introduction to health interventions strategies, development and implementation of safety and health policies and programs and collaboration with other agencies, NGO’s and other entities that are equally promote the safety and health at work.

Health and safety practices, standards and requirements of the place at work can differ from industry to industry. Obviously, the health hazards in a contact center company are way different in a mining company or a transportation company. Specialized courses are also offered by OHNAP and BWC about specific health and safety standards by industry. Depending on one’s preference or plan to which industry to belong, an occupational nurse can therefore better specialize on being an occupational nurse in a particular business sector.

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