I am currently a Med/Surg floor nurse (2.5 years experience), and I need a change of environment because I'm starting to get burned out, lol. I have been researching occupational health nursing for a while now, and I am very interested in the field. When browsing OHN job oportunities, employers usually require previous occupational health experience, so I'm a little lost on how to get my foot in the door. Do I absolutely need to have OHN certification before pursing this field, or would I be able to get a job with just floor nurse experience??
I also noticed that OHN certification programs are scarce, I know of one at UNC, but I have not seen many others...
Any feedback would be GREATLY appreciated!
OHN certification is not necessary to gain a job. I have found many many jobs available, without cert. Concentra , YOH Health Staffing, ALL Med Health Staffing are just 3 agencies staffing. Check your local staffing agency, theymay have jobs and/or may market you to clients.
Take Care Health, a subsidiary of Walgreens has 370 plants with many Nurse jobs open. One needs a good nursing background, ER/ICU are the best. If, you have MS only that does not stop you from applying. There many openings now, Takecarehealth.com have tons.
They want a Nurse to be open to gaining more certs, on the job learning, taking really good care of the employees. Being the Case Mgr etc comes with more exp.
I recently took an assignment for13 weeks with my 36 yrs of exp with some in OCC Health and many more in ER and ICU.Currently I am working alone. You would take a job working with more exp staff. It can work well.
Last edit by smk4450 on Dec 24, '09
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