Occupational Health Nurse

Take care of patients with work-related illnesses and injuries.

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Very Good

Salary Range
$44,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Occupational Health Nurses do?

As an Occupational Health Nurse, you diagnose and treat workers who get sick or injured while on the job. You handle a wide variety of cases and since there can be many hazards in the workplace. In addition to the health care you provide, you also manage their cases at the same time.

You can work anywhere from a small office to a large corporation as an Occupational Health Nurse. Your duties include evaluating workplaces for potential dangers, and performing examinations on prospective employees during the hiring process. You’re also in charge of giving workplace safety talks, holding classes on preventative health education, and training employees in first aid. In addition, you maintain employee health records, and help to create the company’s health plans as party of your Occupational Health Nurse title.

Your position requires a unique blending of skills and job roles. You, of course, provide health care to patients, as any Nurse does. But your specialty comes with extensive administrative duties as well. For example, you’re in charge of the claims and official paperwork that must be filed, and managing cases in general.

You also provide the occasional counseling session, as many of the injured workers who come to you will be facing rehabilitation, looking to sue, or even experiencing the dire prospect of losing their job. And as the Nurse of the workplace, you are the first person they turn to for help.


Should I be an Occupational Health Nurse?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Occupational Health Nurse Supervisor, Occupational Nurse

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