need help--new to occ med - page 3

Hello, I am starting a new job in occ med clinic soon and would like some addys to visit to get a grip on occ med. Is there any? I really think that I will like this specialty. Any advice will be... Read More

  1. by   sasha
    Sharon,
    You are a veritable wealth of good knowledge. You make me want to ask soo many questions. I have heard of Haz Mat through my truck driver spouse. Never knew they gave courses though, will definitely look into this. Who, what or where is MMWR? Oh Boy, I am beginning to doubt that I know anything about nursing, there is so much that I don't know. This field evidently is much more different than I initially thought...I am getting excited...I start to work Tuesday. Thank you again for remembering me and I will investigate HazMat for sure.

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!
    Sasha
  2. by   Sharon
    Sasha,

    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

    The MMWR is the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and is located on line at www.cdc.gov.
  3. by   sasha
    Thanks for your response about MMWR. Yes, I had a wonderful Thanksgiving, did you? I have had luck in locating Emergency Care in the Streets by Caroline and I have it on order. What text do I need to look in for DOT regs? I understand that a lot of this I will get at work as OJT...but, I just feel better if I know what they are talking about when I hear them refer to something that I never have heard of before. For example, I heard them refer to BATs being done...I can only assume that this is breath analyzer tests...more than likely I am wrong...a friend of mine believes it is a series of blood tests (battery). I will find out tomorrow, I actually start work tomorrow! I am getting just slightly anxious:}
  4. by   Sharon
    Sasha,

    Thanksgiving was fine. BTW I am on line at work which is why there was a gap in responding.

    The best source for government regs are to go directly to the source. Luckily the federal government regs are on line. A good federal on line source that summarizes the medical requirements for commercial motor carriers is: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/omc/pihs/pihs391.pdf.

    The other source is to go to the GPO (government printing office) on line Code of Federal Regs and look up Title 49 319.41 for the specific wording. The url is: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/index.html. I do not recommend a text because they can change annually.

    I agree with you I believe that BAT either stands for blood alcohol testing or breath analyzer test. Usually blood panels are not referred to as "bats" unless it is a local colloquialism.

    Have a good time tomorrow and try to relax tonight.

    Sharon
  5. by   sasha
    Sharon,
    Well, it is time for me to report. I made it through my first week...I think that I am going to like it. I have to go out of town in a couple of weeks to do surveillance exams for a company that contracts with us. Our clinic is busy, especially on certain days when there are several docs seeing several pts. On my second day JACHO walked in behind me looking for employee health records...what a day. I like getting to know the employees at our facility as well as other people from other companies. It is totally different from anything that I have done before...but then when someone injures themselves it seems a little like ER. Thanks again for all of your help, it made me feel more comfortable on my first day and allowed me to ask a bit more intelligent questions.

    I am sure you haven't heard the last from me.
  6. by   Sharon
    Sasha,

    I am glad to hear things went pretty well. If you can say that about JACHO. I would like to hear how things are going especially your first trip. It sounds like you have landed in an occupational health position that will give you a lot of variety. Happy Holidays! Sharon
  7. by   Patricia Paone
    Sasha - for a wonderful guide you may want to get Bonnie Roger's books on occupational health nursing. One deals with the concepts of Occ health and the other one is for medical problems that come through the door for instance, foregin body in th eye or muscle strain. I have found them helpful. Bonnie also has many articles published.

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  8. by   sasha
    Hi, Patricia:
    Thanks for the info about the books...I am finally beginning to feel comfortable with my job. I learn many new things each day. Now, I want to know all about worker's comp for Texas. Does anyone have any feedback about where to look for the rules and regs? It seems very complicated. I will look into these books and see if I can find them. Sharon, The offsite trip went just fine, one of us did hearing conservation, and one did vital signs and education. Had fun in the evenings and made some new friends during the day. It is nice having healthy patients who are very interested in their well-being...since they are exposed to many hazards in their work. We have another scheduled for Spring, may just volunteer to go. Gotta hit the sack now...lids are drooping. "I'll be baaack!"

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