Hello everyone. I've been an RN for 25 + years with lots of psych, med-surg, ER and rehab experience. I left active nursing practice 2 years ago to work as a mechanical service tech in a 1000 employee manufacturing plant in my town. The plant is restructuring its safety department and plans to bring on board an OHN in the near future, and I've been asked to consider applying for the position. I've been doing web research in an effort to further accquaint myself with the nursing and administrative needs of this specialty field.
I've looked over several pages on this forum and believe it to be a wonderful resource for nurses seeking guidance. I do not have any OHN experience, and would like help identifying publications that would serve to educate me about Occupational Health Nursing, how to plan necessary programs and their implementation, etc. I do not and will not have any opportunity to work in an OHN setting before this opportunity arises, and would expect to be be essentially on my own at startup, should I be selected. Is the OHN specialty one that can be effectively learned from texts that augment my past nursing education and experience? I should add that I have my AS in nursing, a Bachelor's degree in health and science,and have frequently planned and taught patient education classes to groups of 40+. Suggestions for reading materials would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.