Occupational Health Nursing
Occupational Health Nurses are registered nurses who play a vital role in workplace wellness. Their exciting role encompasses health promotion, health maintenance, and the prevention of illness and injury in the workplace. Learn more about this post-graduate certificate program
You will be introduced to disability management as an essential component of an occupational health and safety program. Disability management starts at the time of illness or injury and continues until the individual has recovered and returned to work. You will acquire knowledge and skills to develop, implement, and market a disability management program including Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) claims information and return to work plans. You will focus on: worker assessment, accurate completion of reporting requirements and the creation of a disability management program.
You will be introduced to the specialty role of the occupational health nurse. You will explore occupational health nursing as it relates to health in the workplace and inter-professional partnerships. You will examine legal and ethical considerations, occupational health and safety standards and frameworks for professional practice. You will develop a professional portfolio (as an assignment) related to occupational health nursing.
You will relate the basic principles of health assessment including history taking and physical examination to occupational health nursing. You will relate the principles of health promotion to the occupational health environment. You will discuss specific alterations to health experienced in occupational health environments and the related health promotion.
You will develop the knowledge and skills to effectively manage a health services unit, lead a team, and participate in team work. You will be prepared to provide strong leadership and communication skills emphasizing planning, supervision, problem solving, team work, and team effectiveness.
You will focus your studies on elements of organizational culture and behaviour which directly impact the effectiveness of an occupational health and safety system. You will explore safety systems, safety culture, learning organizations, responsibility systems, legislation, risk management, accident causation, auditing program elements, and management theories relate to health and safety. You will develop inspection and accident investigation skills.
You will be introduced to the basic principles of industrial hygiene, sometimes referred to as occupational hygiene. You will prepare to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control workplace hazards. You will focus on issues such as occupational contamination, chemical, biological, radiation, and electrical hazards. Your assessment and treatment skills will be enhanced for related occupational disease and injuries.