1. I have applied to an occupational health nursing job just now! What types of certifications would I benefit from getting and how would I get them?
    Currently I'm a RN with one year experience on med-surg. I don't know much about occupational nursing but I'm dying to go outpatient. Any pointers would be appreciated!!
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  3. by   prisonnurse02
    I also have just applied from a job in occupational health. I have been a nurse for 18 years, but I'm nervous and very much want this position. Regarding certifications, from what I understand, you have to work a certain number of hours in the occupational health field before you can even get certified, I think it's something like 1000 hours. Good luck !
  4. by   JerseyLilly
    Check out these websites for info on COHN-S, or COHN certifications:

  5. by   mickylynn969
    Well, a couple of certifications that would be helpful would be Occupational Hearing Conservation (Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation), a NIOSH Spirometry course, a course in urine drug screen collections and breath alcohol testing that follow the DOT guidelines.

    As the RN, you may or may not need them depending on the type of facility you work in. If it's a small clinic, you may have to do some of everything. If it's big with lots of other workers (MA's, x-ray techs, etc.) there may not be a need for you to do these.

    Personally, it can only help you. Knowing the basics will you help you in the long run. These classes are not cheap or short! LOL.

    You cannot get your COHN/COHN-S until you've worked full time for about 2 1/2 years in OHN. Same with the case management portion.

    Good luck!!
  6. by   ttocs
    Any body know of any certifications for getting into the OR