Occupational Health Nursing

How to Start Your Career as an Occupational Health Nurse

An occupational health nurse provides monitoring and emergency care services to prevent job-related injuries and illnesses. Combining healthcare expertise with a knowledge of business, occupational health nurses assist with prevention of injuries in a wide range of work environments. They help employers implement health and safety standards and monitor the health-related impact on employees of their job tasks and work environment. Occupational health nurses work closely with employers to develop customized health and safety programs. They also work closely with employees by assessing their medical histories and health risk level on the job, addressing work-related health issues complaints, conducting physical examinations, and sharing results of diagnostic tests.

Preparation Path

  • EARN YOUR BSN
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • GET AT LEAST 3,000 HOURS OF EXPERIENCE IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
  • PASS YOUR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSE CERTIFICATION EXAM AND BECOME A COHN

 

$55,000 - $75,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Documenting employee injury or illness
  • Appraising work environments for potential hazards
  • Managing occupational and non-occupational illness and injury
  • Interpreting medical diagnoses to both employees and their employers
  • Developing safety programs at hospitals

Education Requirements

BSN

Employment Settings

  • Public health clinics
  • Private practices
  • Schools
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Factories and large corporations

 

Certification

RN, Occupational Health Nurse Certification (COHN)