Is an OHST unnecessary or redundant for a career as an Occupational Health Nurse?
I am currently taking classes for a degree in Environmental Health & Safety, and plan to obtain an OHST, but my long-term goal is to become a Certified Occupational Health Nurse.
After researching in a few places, it seems like experience as an OHST in my current industry could expose me to some of the same (non-nursing) responsibilities I would have as a COHN.
In my mind, going for the OHST first would provide necessary exposure hours and experience, a good knowledge base of the industry I'm interested in, along with time to save and plan for nursing school
. Does this seem like the long way around? Does it seem superfluous? Should I try to become a nurse before pursuing a safety credential?
I realize quite a few experienced OHNs hold a CSP as well, but I don't know which came first!