LPN as OHN

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    I've been an LPN for almost 2 years with about year and a half experience in LTC. I'm interested in alternative jobs such as OHN. Are LPNs qualified to work in this area? I really don't want to go back to school to convert to RN because of age, expense and other life goals. Thaanks

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    Hi,

    I saw one position posted in the Southern Jersey area. It was posted for quite a while. I am surmising that there are few jobs for LPN's in Occupational Health since many companies now prefer Certified Occupational Health Nurses (COHN's). To be certified, one must be an associate, baccaulaureat, or masters degree nurse to sit for the examination.

    Hope this helps!
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    Takecarehealth.com a subsidiary of Walgreens that has contracts with 370 plants nantionwide have openings for LPN's.
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    In the state of NH there is a "bridge program" to move from LPN to RN in two semesters. There is likely plenty of funding to help also. You might want to look into this as an option.

    But if you don't, sure you can do Occ Med work as LPN but some of your abilities might be limited. I don't think that you can do vaccinations, for instance. I also do not think (but I'm not sure--perhaps someone else can answer this) that you can do post-hire physicals which is often intergal to most jobs. But you can do certain forms of drug testing (unless State rules apply) you can become COHC and do hearing tests, and respirator fit testing.

    I'd suggest that you look for a place that has a large employee base and which has a couple of RN's, then you could learn skills as you need to and there wold still be plenty of work that you can do.

    Good luck.
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    Not true..I am an LPN. Have been one for over 20 years. I've worked for several large corporations most of which were by myself. I had the same basic nursing classes that an RN's have. I treated emergencies, gave vaccines, taught CPR and Wellness programs, took care of Workers Comp and OSHA, and did case management with and without the doctors. There is no written rule or guideline stating that you have to be an RN. The botton line is..there are nurses who know what they are doing and nurses who don't. And we all know plenty of both!
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    Quote from lislog
    Not true..I am an LPN. Have been one for over 20 years. I've worked for several large corporations most of which were by myself. I had the same basic nursing classes that an RN's have. I treated emergencies, gave vaccines, taught CPR and Wellness programs, took care of Workers Comp and OSHA, and did case management with and without the doctors. There is no written rule or guideline stating that you have to be an RN. The botton line is..there are nurses who know what they are doing and nurses who don't. And we all know plenty of both!
    This is great news for LPN's in the field of Occupational Health. Every state has different nurse practice acts that define the scope of practice. Perhaps some states are more loosely defined than others? I would check out AAOHN's website for any info on an LPN's scope of practice, and of course, your state's Nurse Practice Acts.

    www.aaohn.org
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    I also have worked for a major company as a occ health nurse. We basically did the day to day running of the office. I performed physicals both dot and non-dot,drug screens,emergency care, and to much more to write here.
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    I've worked as an occupational health nurse as an LVN as have colleagues of mine. I do believe that in most cases you will find that the position listing will require an RN.
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    I recently was hired as a OHN, in Louisville, KY. I am a LPN. My concern is understanding the laws/regulations. From what I gather after reading the OSHA, NCSBN, & KBN guidelines, I cannot, as a LPN in the state of KY work independently with my license. Regardless of what job I take I must be under the supervision/direction of either a RN or physician. I truely hope that I am wrong. However, if it is strictly first aid, and I take on a title of Occupational Health Professional, I should be within my scope. I plan on calling the KBN for a clearer understanding once the weekend is over. In the mean time, does anyone have any light to shed on this subject.?
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    Does your company have a Medical Director? If so, then you are probably considered under the supervision of that person.


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