Occupational Health Nurses
Qualifications of Occupational Health Nurses are the following:
• Registered Nurse
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing
• Preferably with training/units In Occupational Health Nursing
Functions and Responsibilities
1. Assists or participates in developing an adequate health program for workers and laborers, which should include sound health education activities
2. Encourages periodic physical examination and provides guidance or direction in obtaining his/her service
3. Cooperates with occupational medical programs in the prevention of accidents and in the promotion of good working atmosphere and relationships in the place of work
4. Determines resources for rehabilitation of the laborers and employees whether indicated
5. Assists the under-served small scale industries to maintain health and safety of the workers
6. Inspects commercial and industrial establishments to check the sanitary conditions and to detect the presence of industrial and occupational hazards (e.g. asbestos if inhaled causes asbestos cancer) and to report same to the Chief of the Service.
7. Gives health teaching on how to detect and prevent risks and occupational related diseases.
8. Occupational health nurses guide and help an industrial or nurse with the view of improving the services in Occupational Health
• Understanding of the nature of risks and how the workers are exposed
• Meeting emergency cases promptly and adequately
• Applying up-to-date techniques and procedures and translating to employees the safety policies of the company
• Assessing, developing and implementing control measures among employees and their families
• Counseling to help employees meet their problems
• Keeping and maintaining good and simple records
• Utilization of the community resources for the benefit of the employees
9. Prepares and submits daily, monthly and annual reports of accomplishment
10. Keeps herself/himself abreast of modern trends in nursing through active participation in professional and scientific conferences, seminars, workshops, or formal education
11. Works cooperatively and closely with other health and nursing agencies for a common goal: health of the community, such as immunization and sanitation programs.
Priorities for Supervision
1. Industrial and commercial establishments where there are no nurses employed
2. Industrial and commercial establishments where there are no complaints of occupational hazards
3. Industrial and commercial establishments where there are cases of occupational diseases
4. Industrial and commercial firms where assistance is necessary in the establishment and maintenance of a clinic with a full-time nurse
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