Occupational Health Nurses
Occupational health nurses are registered nurses who specialise in caring for the health and wellbeing of people at work. They also work with employers to develop safe working policies and procedures.
Occupational Health is a distinct area within Public Health, concerned with keeping people well at work, both physically and mentally.
The role can include:
- carrying out pre-employment medicals
- assessing and treating employees who are injured or become ill at work
- providing counselling and support to workers
- giving health education and advice
- advising on health and safety issues
- giving sickness absence advice
- carrying out risk assessments
- maintaining and analysing employee health records and statistics
- developing and managing emergency procedures.
Nurses may also carry out vaccinations, such as the flu jab, and take blood samples.
Catherine Kelsey and Lucy Lefley have written a blog for the QNI about their work in Occupational Health.
Find out more about the work of Occupational Health Nurses by visiting the National Careers Service website.