Who are occupational health nurses?
Occupational and environmental health nursing is the specialty practice of nurses who provide for and deliver health care services to workers and worker populations. Because workers usually spend at least one-third of their day on the job, it is imperative they be as healthy and productive as possible. Occupational and environmental health nurses (OEHNs) help employees stay healthy at work by focusing on promotion and restoration of health, prevention of illness and injury, and protection from work-related and environmental hazards. This specialty practice is highly interdisciplinary and OEHNs often work with other members of the occupational health team, such as occupational physicians, industrial hygienists, ergonomists, and safety professionals to provide occupational health and safety services and programs. OEHNs also must be knowledgeable about occupational safety and health laws, workers compensation, and other legislative influences that impact workers and the environment. There