Many professions carry a certain level of risk to the health or safety of employees. Because of legal requirements and to ensure optimal productivity, employers must take steps to minimize risk to employees and have a system to assist employees in case of an incident. Occupational health nurses are registered nurses that help maintain the health and safety of their organization's workforce through several main methods. They monitor the health status of employee (both generally and related to specific job-related risks) and assist the employee in the event of an accident or illness. They also take a proactive and preventive approach to health and safety by developing preventative programs to educate employees on health and safety risks and inform them of relevant services.
Occupational Health Nurse Tasks
Provide patient care and health assessment for monitoring and emergency situations.
Participate in regulatory and organizational audits and health and safety committees.
Evaluate, assess, and develop care plans for work-related health events.
Evaluate claims and process paperwork around modified or reduced duties.