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Occupational Health Nurses (OHN)s are registered nurses who independently observe and assess the worker's health status with respect to job tasks and hazards. Using their specialized experience and education, these registered nurses recognize and prevent health effects from hazardous exposures and treat workers' injuries/illnesses.
Educationally prepared to recognize adverse health effects of occupational exposure and address methods for hazard abatement and control, OHNs bring their nursing expertise to all industries such as meat packing, manufacturing, construction as well as the health care industry.
Typical OHN Activities:
OHNs with varying degrees of academic preparation from entry level to PhD work in capacities commensurate with their experience and academic preparation: clinical nurse, clinical nurse manager, nurse manager, corporate nurse, nurse researcher, nurse educator and nurse consultant.
As all professional registered nurses, occupational health nurses are required to have a license from the state in which they practice nursing. States vary in their requirements and the responsibilities they grant for scope of nursing practice. See the board of nursing or the board of health professionals governing the practice of nursing in your state for further information.
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