Occupational health nurse
Occupational health nurses care for the health and wellbeing of people at work.
1. Entry requirements
- a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved degree
- around 2 years’ professional experience as a qualified adult nurse
- current registration with the NMC
- an enhanced background check which your employer will arrange for you
You'll then need to take a NMC approved course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN). These courses take 1 year full time, or 2 years part time.
2. Skills required
- excellent communication and listening skills
- excellent observational skills to identify potential health problems and risks
- leadership skills to make sure instructions on health and safety issues are carried out
- tact, understanding, patience and sensitivity
- the ability to stay calm in an emergency
- record-keeping and organisational skills
3. 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 might also take blood samples and carry out vaccinations.
You’ll work alone or as part of a team of health and safety experts. You might work in large organisation, like a hospital, local authority, airline or retail chain, or for a private consultancy firm used by smaller employers.
Starter: £22,000 to £28,500
Experienced: £26,250 to £35,250 (Advisor)
Highly Experienced: £31,250 and £41,250 (Senior advisor)
Salaries in the private sector may be slightly higher than in the NHS.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work between 37.5 and 40 hours a week. You may work a rota or shift pattern including weekends, evenings and nights.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could progress to 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.
You could also take additional qualifications and move into nurse training.
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Last updated: 13 September 2017