Occupational health nurse

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Occupational health nurses care for the health and wellbeing of people at work.

Salary range: £22,000 to £43,772

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How to become an occupational health nurse

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role
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Work

You’ll need to be a registered nurse and have the support of your employer to apply for occupational health nursing posts.

You’ll take an approved programme in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing – Occupational Health Nursing (SCPHN – OHN).

The entry requirements vary between universities offering the programme, but usually have no minimum period of post-registration experience.

The SCPHN qualification can also be used for the health visiting or school nursing pathways.

More information

Registration

Further information

You can find out more about occupational health nursing from Health Careers.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • carrying out pre-employment medical checks
  • assessing and treating employees who are injured or become ill at work
  • providing counselling and support
  • giving advice on health education, health and safety and sickness absence
  • carrying out risk assessments
  • managing employee health records and statistics
  • developing and managing emergency procedures

Working environment

You could work in an NHS or private hospital or at a client’s business.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You may need to wear a uniform.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into a management position, leading a team of occupational health staff or running an occupational health centre.

You could become a self-employed occupational health consultant, work for a private company or take extra qualifications and go into nurse training.