Although there are many specialties a nurse can dedicate their career to, each year one week is recognized by celebrating the nurses who have devoted their practice to occupational health medicine. Occupational nursing dates back to the end of the 1800s with the first record of a nurse taking care of Pennsylvania coal miners and their families. Through industry growth in the 20th century, factories employed nurses to care for the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis and to address issues that challenged workers health due to World War I, labor shortages and to help cut costs of the new workers comp laws during that timeframe.
According to the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, $1 trillion is spent annually on costs associated with poor employee health. An Occupational Health Nurses’ job is to help maximize employee productivity and to reduce costs by lowering disability claims, treating on-site injuries and to improve absentee rates. These occupational health nurses are leaders, managers, and business personnel that help companies, and their employees, by using their knowledge of occupational health medicine, to reduce costs and manage employee health and safety.
Many people understand the basic roles and responsibilities of what a registered nurse does, but what makes an Occupational health nurse so unique? Occupational nurses provide first aid care, conduct general screenings such as testing vitals, blood pressure, height, and weight; give routine shots; and in some instances gather all pertinent information in preparation for a worker to be seen by a doctor. So why do we need Occupational Health nurses? We explored this answer and more by interviewing Amerisafe Group’s own Occupational Health Nursing Staff in the post What Does an Occupational Health Nurse Do? Be sure to check it out!
At Amerisafe Group, not only are we the safety experts, but our staff of Occupational Health Nurses are your solution for all of your staffing & medical service needs. We provide various industry on-site testing and first-aid services to ensure safe productivity, so your employees can get back to work in a timely fashion. We have the professionals to ensure excellence. Let us show you how our safety and medical leadership skills can help your company succeed with our occupational health and safety solution.