mickylynn969 1,198 Views
Joined Sep 1, '11.
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Hi Neats and all,
I just finished the online UNC Chapel Hill certificate in occupational health nurse course that bfredd 71 talked about. I loved it! All the credits you earn are tranferable to the masters courses if you desire. I have been an OHN since 1989 and still love it.
You will learn from leaders in the industry, namely Dr. Bonnie Rogers. Susan Randolph, Judy Ostendorf, and Kathleen Buckheit are also published leaders that teach in the program. It is an excellent program.
It is expensive, but I am not sure where you can go for any education that is not. It is possible to complete the program in less than a year (I did the program in 6 months). I am told that you must sit for the COHN exam to put those initials by your name though.
My job must be feast. I have been in a stable position for 10 years now, gaining more skills but along with that is more responsibility. I have now started doing CM for those on disability/WC trying to get them back to work sooner. I am employed by the company and not contract so I guess I should consider myself lucky.
The experience the gentleman describes above is not typical in Occupational health nursing! I am sure many of the occupational health nurses on this board can vouch for that. If this is a temporary job only for the summer, perhaps, the company is closing or downsizing and having an onsite nurse available for emergencies may be required by policy. Does the company you will be working for have a job description and what did the last nurse do before you?
I would surmise at the very least, you would be available for emergencies, first aide, and maybe to dispense OTC medications (although in some jurisdictions and states you are not allowed to dispense ANY medications, Is your job in Canada or the US?).
Hope this helps. Good luck!
The occupational health nurses at the facility that "Im that guy" worked at did both their employer and their employees a huge disservice. It would correlate to a hospital nurse saying "all I do is give out pills" or "all I do is empty bedpans". Each one of those employees that were seen for blood pressure checks, pulses, and "pills" were opportunities to interact, help, and teach.
Workplaces feature employees, and employees have all the normal non-work-related issues that regular people have. That means that whatever medical problems the employee has outside of work - cardiac, respiratory, neurological, etc. - the employee has out in the workplace. And since employees spend about 2/3 of their waking hours at work, the chances of an emergency increases.
Occupational health nurses regularly affect the health and safety of employees. It is usually not a position that can be filled with a new grad, and you need to be very sure that you feel experienced enough to handle the position. Ask yourself what emergencies can occur in that facility, and what you would do in the event of an emergency. What is someone has a heart attack? Diabetic emergency? Seizure? Stroke? How about acute injuries... often nursing schools do not teach hands-on first aid? Do you know how to deal with an amputation? Crush injury? What kind of backup will you have, i.e. are there other nurses working with you? How long does it take the EMS to get there? 5-7 minutes alone with someone who is not breathing is a VERY long time!
Not wanting to scare you off of Occ Health Nursing, but the advertisement for temporary help sounds like it was written by someone who has no idea what occupational health nurses may have to do. But I bet that same person will be the first to expect you to know what to do in an emergency!
Hope this helps!
Check out these websites for info on COHN-S, or COHN certifications:
You acted totally appropriately. Who gives a med for 100.4??? Taking off the covers was the best thing to do. And his temp came down, anyway. 99.1 is NOT a fever if oral. Nothing to worry about.
The doc is a toad. If you had called him at 3 AM he would have been annoyed. I am surprised that there weren't any prn orders for fever.
I do have one question - - why Axillary temp one time, then Oral temp at another time? Consistency is important.
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