How many OHN's are on these board? - page 6
Hello, I'm brand new to Occupational Health Nursing. I've been browsing for On-line resources and other OHN's to network with. It doesn't seem like there are very many OHN's that visit these boards.... Read More
Jun 22, '05Joined: Jun '05; Posts: 28I was an occupational health nurse supervisor for a major manufacturing corporation. That is until my views and the corporate views on how on-the-job injuries should be treated collided head-on. Needless to say, I am no longer an OHN, but I really enjoyed the work while I was there.
Jun 22, '05Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 3; Likes: 1Quote from KJSI was an occupational health nurse supervisor for a major manufacturing corporation. That is until my views and the corporate views on how on-the-job injuries should be treated collided head-on. Needless to say, I am no longer an OHN, but I really enjoyed the work while I was there.
I understand I have 2 friends who had the same problem. Seems to be a growing problem. Personally I left in March, I am now a full time WC Case Manager. They transferred a nurse in who made my life h--- for 4 months and I was tired of going through 3 nurses to find 1 good one. Just about the time they were trained, they would leave for more money. This time I left for more money, not to mention a more financially sound company. I love it, especially on days I am in the office, can't find too many jobs in our profession that you can go to work in your PJ's. Good luck I hope you find something your enjoy!
Jun 23, '05Joined: Jun '05; Posts: 28Quote from debwdI had good pay and good benefits, I just couldn't get along with the powers that be. My days were spent going to different doctor's visits with the employees. I was expected to be at each one and to actually go in with the employee to see the doctor for their worker's comp injury. I was instructed to get them back at work no matter what. One of the restricted duty jobs was for the employee to wipe the breakroom tables, but it kept them off the days loss roster. Sometimes I had to travel more than 100 miles one way to the appointment. Luckily, I had use of a company car and gas card, but when I had to leave my daughters at 0600 and sometimes not get back until after midnight, I just couldn't do that forever.I understand I have 2 friends who had the same problem. Seems to be a growing problem. Personally I left in March, I am now a full time WC Case Manager. They transferred a nurse in who made my life h--- for 4 months and I was tired of going through 3 nurses to find 1 good one. Just about the time they were trained, they would leave for more money. This time I left for more money, not to mention a more financially sound company. I love it, especially on days I am in the office, can't find too many jobs in our profession that you can go to work in your PJ's. Good luck I hope you find something your enjoy!
Jun 30, '05Occupation: Occupational Health Nurse Joined: Sep '00; Posts: 6Hi, Crash! I am currently considering a move to hospital based OHN. I have a lot of experience in industrial settings, but none in a hospital. Besides the obvious, what are the basic differences in the two jobs I need to consider?
Quote from Crash DavisHello Wayne. Crash Davis here. I'm also in Occupational Health. Have been in it for about 3 years. You are correct in that is difficult to find information. One of the best thing that helped me was to attend a conference about Occupational Nursing. Look around your area to see if there is a Medical Center or Medical School that is providing this. I live in the Southeast and the University of Alabama in Birmingham has several programs every year. Also, Ryan Associates has several offerings yearly, dealing with setup, sales, etc.
What are you doing in Occ. Health in particular? I work in a hospital based program in a very rural area. But always looking for employment in a large industry as the company nurse.
Jul 12, '05Occupation: adult nurse practitioner, or apron, as I have become Specialty: 12 year(s) of experience in private practice, corporate ; Joined: Mar '05; Posts: 89; Likes: 16Do you like what you do? What do you dislike about the job, and what do you like best? (sorry, sounds like a: I am considering a job in OHN. Thanks
Quote from SharonI will work on the list and post in a new thread in the next day.
I am in a cooperate position in the manufacturing, distribution and retail business covering many states. My position is located in the HR department and my role is the walking talking health /regulatory encyclopedia (which is why I hide in my office at lunch). Actually if it is a problem with a health slant I am consulted by management. Like many OHN's in my region, I am on the corporate crises responss team. Certain crises I get to handle alone (yippy, skippy do ) like the late night notification of a respiratory outbreak or food borne outbreak, 120 car pile up with our store employees and truck drivers are involved. Direct care is outsource because of geographic spread. But other processes and systems I administer. For example: compliance testing, ID surveillance and control, Federal and State regulatory compliance, disability programs, and identifying future trends in health care and analyst of their impact on the business.
I also periodically offer my services free of charge to small municipal police and fire departments. Which also can tie me up at 3 am.
Oct 22, '05Occupation: Occupatonal Health Nurse Joined: Jan '05; Posts: 10; Likes: 1I love everything about OHN.
Love being able to do preventative teaching and work with employees to get their needs met. Biggest challenge is employee who fake injuries or milk the system with what started as a minor injury but they learned to enjoy being home. Just took COHN-S. Awaiting results. Pretty hard.
Feb 17, '06Joined: Feb '06; Posts: 3Hello Wayne and other OHNs out there....
I have been working as an OHN for the past 5 yrs. at a paper mill. When I hired on, there were 4 of us RN's that covered Health Services 24/7...working 12 hr. shifts. (1000 employees) Now there is me. The company contracted with an agency for medics and I oversee them. (sorta) I've learned as I go....have been sent to seminars on Worker's comp, Ergonomics, audiometry and pulmonary functioning testing. The other 3 RN's left or retired. I just hung in there. My supervisor is the Safety Director and our big boss is the H.R. director. It is a weird life I live. I'm on call 24/7. The medics hang out in Health Services and I get to do paperwork ! Would love to talk to someone about all of this. I need advise on alot of subjects. In my previous life I was an ER and ICU nurse. To mimic Joan Rivers....Can we talk?????
Feb 18, '06Occupation: Currently Looking Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 43scrubsinthewasher,
This is Wayne. I'm not currently employed in Occupational Health at this time, but I'll be glad to share with you anything that I might have learned from my 4 years in on-site OH nursing. Although, I had more questions when I quit OH nursing than I did when I started.
BTW, am looking for work in Northwest New Mexico. If you have any good leads, send me a PM.
Feb 19, '06Joined: Feb '06; Posts: 3Hey Wayne, I'm Carmen. I'm sorry you are not still in the OHN position and unfortunately I am over here in Northeast Texas so I'm no help to the position New Mexico. Hang in there. The good thing about nursing is that there are always jobs......maybe not the ones everyone wants but at least you can get a job. I am having troubling time with the medics I oversee. That's why I got on the board....for some advise on how to deal with medics. Got any background on that subject?
Feb 19, '06Joined: Feb '06; Posts: 3I'm looking desperately for help and hope you other OHNs will have some background on this topic. I am supervisor over 4 paramedics full time and a few prns. My bosses have told me that I am having trouble with my "direct reports" and want me to change my ways. I'm an ol' ER/ICU nurse. Yep, bossy and domineering at times and I do call them on things when they are done correctly. They say my interpersonal skills are not very good. However, I do an exceptional job for my company. I just recently saved the company 1.3 million dollars. Of my job performance I receive high marks and have been looked at as a "best practices" site for other divisions in our company. The medics look upon me as a rhymes with witch. I get very little cooperation from them and when I ask them to do something, I hear the words, "Why" and "How come we have to do it that way?" Let me reiterate that these medics are not employees of the company. Our company employees these medics through an agency. They are contract employees. My bosses see it as totally my fault. The medics run to my supervisor to report me for anything and everything. I don't run to my supervisor for every little thing. (Although maybe I should) For example, we had a meeting where it was announced that I would be doing a skills check off on the medics. They became enraged and went to my boss stating "How can a nurse check off our skills as a medic?" What I meant were the skills that I must sign off on per company policy....audiograms, pulmonary function testing.....ect....but it became a Us vs the nurse issue yet again. HELP! If you have ever had to supervise medics, please find it in your heart to advise me. Lately, I haven't asked them for anything and we've got along perfectly. They sit around reading and watching T.V. during their shift, while I am in my office working to keep our clinic going well. My boss is totally on their side and they know it. Our boss that is over him and I is not much better. I've considered resigning but this job is a great job that I love. Teaching and treating employees with little to no knowledge level about health is very rewarding. So, I beg you.....if you can give me some guidance, I will be in your debt.......
Feb 19, '06Occupation: Program Manager Joined: Jul '98; Posts: 240; Likes: 9I am going to start a new thread to answer you.
Apr 14, '06Joined: Jul '05; Posts: 26; Likes: 1Crash- I am also affiliated with a hospital based ohc in a small rural community,primarily seeing patients 2 days a week as well as nnds and NIDA ds in between...have been in nsg 20 years,,,,this position 10 weeks.
Thank you for the info on continuing education opportunities.
Jun 7, '06Joined: Sep '05; Posts: 13; Likes: 4Good morning!
I, too, am new to occ health. I was skeptical when the instructor of the audiology course said it is "baptism by fire" in occ health, but I have found he was quite correct. This coming Friday, I will be working the 330-midnight shift, alone, at a very large engine plant. I am relatively clueless, and wonder if I made the right choice accepting the assignment. But, how else can I learn? any insight would be most welcome.
Thanks for all the other posts, for they make me feel a bit less isolated. As Wayne said, uninformed, not stupid. (Unless taking this assignment makes me in the latter category.)
Have a wonderful morning!