Occupational health nurses care for the health and wellbeing of people at work.
Salary range: £22,000 to £43,772
How to become an occupational health nurse
You can get into this job through:
- working towards this role
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.
- you’ll need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
You can find out more about occupational health nursing from Health Careers.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- 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
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
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.
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.