Re Occ Health Nursing
have you taken any specific course for Occ Health?
you are currently working on studies and will not have time to take a full course in occ health and safety
employers will be looking for some sign of experience or education/training on your resume.
if you have time take some basic workshops on health and safety, safety and the law, accident investigation- join your Joint Health and Safety Committee or volunteer to help with health and safety programs. Get your first aid certificate even though you are an RN- OSHA expects OHN's/first aiders to give prompt first aid. It is different than ER triaging.
Basic 1 or 2 day workshops on occupational hearing loss, environmental issues, ergonomics, teaching adults (likely do that already in BSN course si?)
The more short courses you can do- even through local community colleges will make an employer needing an OHN sit up and look at you more seriously.
have you checked at OH association websites?
that takes you to some links
are you interested in hospital or industry?
I am from Ontario, Canada and have been most fortunate in my experience with Occ Health- when I started back in 1981 I was the youngest employee health nurse that I knew- it seemed that everyone I met in Occ Health was close to retirement age! Occ Health nursing can be exciting and challenging. Unfortunately it use to be one of the first services cut when budgets got bad. Smart employers support the occ health services for their greatest resource- their employees. Occ Health Associations have grown greatly in promoting the profession over the past two decades.