How many OHN's are on these board? - page 8

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

  1. by   WayneRN
    This is to everyone!

    Just to let you know, I posted the original post in 2001. I was in OH Nursing for five years, but I had resign my previous position due to personal reasons. Now, I am a Dialysis Nurse in a Peritoneal Dialysis outpatient clinic and have been there for two years. I really enjoyed OH Nursing and I wish you all the best.

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  2. by   LPMRN
    Merry Christmas to everyone!

    I've been an OHN for almost 3 yrs. I work for a local hospital, but I am contracted to a fiberglass manufacturing facility. The job is great. I enjoy helping the employees. I worked on an Oncology floor at a different hospital before becoming a OHN. I got tired of the nonstop/no lunch break/no bathroom break/fast pace and the terminally ill pts at the hospital. I am in my last semester of a RN program. This is probably the best job I have ever had.
  3. by   SaderNurse05
    Merry Christmas LPMLPN! I am so glad to see other OHNs posting on this board. I think I have the best job as well. I cannot imagine going back to the hospital. I am sure there a good ones out there with decent orientaions and reasonable patient loads, but they are not in my area. I really enjoy the population as well. Congrats on finishing your RN!
  4. by   3rdcareerRN
    Greetings, all you OHNs!

    I've been an OHN for a year, and it is a dramatic change (for the better) from hospital nursing. I'm an employee of a national occ health company, who staffs clinics for client firms.

    The client where I work is in high-tech manufacturing. It has >1400 employees in one site, with new hires every week. Thank goodness I share the 24x7 load with three experienced nurses, although I am solo on my shift.

    Reading the postings from nurses in other settings makes me appreciate this type of position. One downside is that some of my clinical skills (anything invasive, drips, complex wound care, etc.) have atrophied from non-use. But my prior experience in business and technology has finally become useful in nursing. I'm happy to be here, and best wishes for the rest of you.
  5. by   RN007
    I, too, left a position in oncology to become an OHN. I miss the patients, family and clinical setting but not the stress and absolutely LOVE my job. And during this holiday season, I am so grateful to not have to worry about working Christmas and affecting my kids. I work for an auto-parts manufacturer and we staff two clinics, soon to be three, with a nurse 24 hrs except on weekends and holidays. And the plant shuts down from Christmas Eve until the day after New Years. :icon_biggrin:
  6. by   dammy
    I am an OHN trained in Nigeria, graduated atfer a 12-month training last year and currently doing my Bsc. Nursing in UKZN, Durban, South Africa.
  7. by   Goodrich
    I am an occupational health nurse in a manufacturing facility. I have been working in Occ med for 7 years.
  8. by   Goodrich
    Sorry, I have not been checking as often as I should but I do check it from time to time. Your question did not appear on my email so I either do not have it set up right or . . .
  9. by   yem_eyteen
    hello good day. i'm in occupational health too and im in this job for 2years and i am enjoying it (this is my first job post registration - i started as a practical nurse in a secondary hospital for 6 months then quit the job for registration exam review and preparation then realized that hospital nursing is not my forte). i just want to know, do i need to have a hospital experience if im going to apply as an OHN in the US? my NCLEX exam is still on process. thanking you in advance for the response.
  10. by   clayoub

    I work in manufacturing and have been an OHN for 10 years. For the past 4 years my job has changed and my main duties are now Medical Case Management. Our clinic was vended out and I don't work in the clinic anymore, but do provide oversight for the clinic nurses.
  11. by   EwwThat'sNasty
    Steve here. Became a RN in 2004, did Med/Surg then Adult ICU then burnt out and moved to Occ Med.

    I've been either Occupational Health Nurse or combined Nurse/Safety Specialist at a paper mill; a toy factory; an ink factory; a major gun manufacturer and now manage a small Occ Med clinic at what used to be the world's largest automaker.

    I routinely deal with boo boo's; poisonings (chloramine, polychlorinated biphenyls, etc) lacerations, crushed limbs, more boo boos, teach CPR/First Aid and Bloodborne Pathogens; do Worker's Comp; Ergo and lots of other stuff. I just love it.

    I'm COHC (Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist) and do spirometry and will sit for the COHN-S in a month or two. (If my company does not go bankrupt before that).

    I've a BS in Chem which helps, and a BS in Safety Studies which is useful. I enjoy accident investigation and fielding OSHA complaints and I like just about everybody be they Union or management.

    Nice to meet 'ya all. Btw, I am working in MA but live in NH. If anyone hears of a good job in NH I might be needing one soon...
  12. by   JerseyLilly
    Hi Steve,

    It's 4 months since you posted. Was wondering if you were still in the market for another job and if your job is still secure. Since you work in New England, Massachuesetts (spelling???) and live in the NH area why don't you check out this website: Nancy Clover's website. She is an OHN who has an agency with some direct hire positions in your area.

    Hope this helps!

    Last edit by JerseyLilly on Jul 26, '09 : Reason: spelling
  13. by   Goodrich
    I am working as a occupatoinal nurse and safety specialist in a manufacturing facility