An industrial nurse generally works for an organization where employees may perform heavy labor. The industrial nurse may perform any evaluations of employees to be hired, in order to make sure that they meet any requirements listed.
The industrial nurse should be organized, as it is often necessary to keep files of each employee. These files should be organized in a way that will make them easy to retrieve. In places where the files are stored electronically, it will be important for the nurse to have proficient computer skills, in order to input data and keep the files organized and up to date. The nurse may carry out periodic or random screenings of workers, in order to make sure that they are free of any illegal or prohibited substances on the job. The nurse may also observe employees as they are working and provide feedback as to ways to prevent harm to their bodies. When employees are injured, the nurse should administer first aid and/or care, as well as arrange for the employee to go to the hospital whenever necessary. The nurse is often in charge of making this determination, so this job is important to employees’ well-being in a variety of ways.
Hours will vary, and an industrial nurse may need to be available whenever employees at the company are working. An industrial nurse will usually be required to have a nursing degree and nursing experience.