Occupational health nurses are experienced registered nurses who oversee and provide medical and emotional care/treatment to employees who operate within various sectors of the health care industry.
These health care professionals observe how employees are being treated and ensure that employees receive the care and support they need to be successful, safe and treated fairly within their career field.
Some of the responsibilities occupational health nurses are in charge of include disease risk assessment and management, employee and environmental health, hazardess material usage and safety, employee rehabilitation programs, treatment and medical care for on the job injuries and/or illnesses of employees and employee benefits and health care services among other employee related health and medical conditions.
In additional to injury and/or medical related health care treatment planning and implementation occupational health nurses also focus on personal and family related issues as well as how employees are being treated by management in order to ensure that employees are mentally and emotionally able to perform proficiently within their job roles in a positive manner.
Occupational health nurses may work in a number of different health care environments such as hospitals, health care clinics, the educational field, research centers and various other health care organizations.
Here you can see some of the tasks occupational health care nurses perform on a regular basis:
- Oversee employee rights and safety procedures/protocol in order to make sure employees are being treated fairly.
- Ensure employee have adequate rehabilitation programs in place if and when an injury and/or illness occurs.
- Observe and ensure that employees receive adequate health care benefits and that sufficient health care services are put into place to treat employees in need of medical care.
- Promote employee health care advocacy and spread the word about the importance of employee health care, treatment plans and positive management training.
- Ensure that proper treatment is being administered to employees who received on the job Injuries and/or illnesses.
- Observe HAZMAT safety procedures and protocols to ensure that employees are working in a safe and healthy environment.
While many areas of nursing focus on patient care and treatment those who work as occupational health nurses focus on employee care.
By ensuring that health care professionals receive adequate medical care, sufficient R&R, a quality work/life balance and a safe and positive work environment occupational health nurses help improve the performance and mental health of those who operate within the health care industry as well as improve the overall care and treatment of the patients these facilities receive by improving the employees quality of life and positive outlook on their career.