I am an Occupational Health Nurse who has been asked by my company to instruct & certify approximately 70 workers in CPR/First Aid/AED.
I am feeling a little overwhelmed, and am hesitant about this assignment. I provide first aid treatment to the workers on site, also case manage all work related & non work related injuries not only at the site where I work , but also 3 other plants in state,and am responsible for the return to work program.
I provide pre-employment and annual physicals/surveillance , drug testing etc. I am supposed to run a flu clinic this fall. I am the only one in my dept. and am feeling like I'm being spread too thin.
Are there any other Occ nurses out there who provide direct care, case manage and certify the workers in CPR/First Aid/AED?
Jul 22, '07
Welcome to the world of Occupational Health. I do everything that you do plus instruct the first responders in CPR, First aid and AED. I am an American Heart Association sanctioned instructor. The first thing that I did was present a plan to "the powers that be" prioritizing which persons would be instructed first. This is because AHA recommended that you have a ratio of one instructor to 8 students, and no more than 3 students per dummy. I have 8 dummies, so I generally teach a class twice per month beginning at 8 am and continuing to 4 pm and those who pass receive an AHA adult and child CPR with First Aid and AED. I, too, am responsible for 3 different site locations, so I set up at a centralized location and the remote participants come to me for class. I also conduct a Mini class where the participants purchase the books and view the instructional films on the internet, then come to me for test and skills check offs (this is done primarily for renewals). Over the last year, I have issued 168 cards and have three locations full of first responders and have very happy administration for this is the largest number of certified first responders in the history of the plant.
adult and child
Last edit by sirI on Jul 22, '07
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Were you an instructor prior to coming to work for your organization? They told me they wanted me to do this and left it up to me to find out how to become certified as an instructor. Is there someone that covers for you while you are providing the training? I am the only nurse and the company hasn't thought about what to do while I'm instructing. I suggested they hire a temp nurse for the days I instruct or have another employee learn and take over if I'm called away. You say you teach class from 8am to 4pm, my supervisor thinks I can teach 2 classes a day. The last time I spoke with her she told me the classes were only 3 to 4 hours long so I could teach 2 groups a day. I think that is insane.
Last edit by AnnemRN on Jul 22, '07