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Title: ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSE (OHN)


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ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
NURSE (OHN)
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING
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Aim of the roles of OHN
  • To promote health at work
  • To protect the health of the worker
  • Care for work-related injuries and illness
  • Committed to clients wellness which involves
  • - health promotion
  • - disease and injury prevention
  • - health education
  • - care and safety management

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Factors determining OHNs scope of practice
  • The no. of workforce
  • Types of products and processes
  • Chemicals used
  • Machinery used
  • Management philosophy

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12 main functions specific to occupational health
nursing
  • health supervision of workers
  • health surveillance of the work environment
  • accident prevention
  • prevention of occupational ill health
  • treatment of illness
  • treatment of illness and injury at work

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  • first aid course
  • promotion of health and prevention of ill health
  • giving counselling
  • rehabilitation and resettlement into work
    records and reports

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  • liaison and co-operation (internally and
    externally)
  • administration of the health unit
  • research (including surveys)
  • Dorward (1993 cited by Oakley)

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Definition of Role
  • The position of a person in a particular
    situation and the degree to which they are
    involved it it or the duty they are expected to
    perform.
  • (Cambridge International Dictionary 1995)

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5 Major Roles of the OHN
  • Clinician/Practitioner
  • Administrator
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Consultant

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Clinician/Practitioner
  1. Assess work environment
  2. Assess workers health status
  3. Perform health surveillance
  4. Provide direct nursing care
  5. Conduct health education and counselling
  6. Collaborate, communicate and consult with Occ.
    Safety Health (OSH) team
  7. Maintain accurate, concise and complete records

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Cont....
  • Develop and implement programs to correct health
    and safety hazards
  • 9. Institute personal protective programs
  • 10. Initiate referrals to hospitals and clinics
  • 11. Conduct health screening programs
  • 12. Conduct health training programs
  • 13. Manage workers compensation claims

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  • 14. Maintain professionalism and ethical
  • conduct
  • 15. Adhere to legal requirements in exercising
  • duites

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Administrator
  1. Maintain awareness of technology, legal
    professional changes associated with OH and
    Safety
  2. Coordinates in professional growth education
    opportunities for staff
  3. Formulates policies for OH and Safety
  4. Develops, implements and evaluates OH service

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Educator
  1. Provide education programs to employers
    employees
  2. Promotes integration of OHN practice into nursing
    education
  3. Utilise experts in OHS in planning coordinating
    relevant education programs
  4. Collaborates with other OHN regarding practice
    issues students practical sites
  5. Serves as a role model and preceptor for the
    students

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Researcher
  1. Participates in the development implementation
    of research
  2. Disseminates research findings to others through
    presentation, publication practice
  3. Incorporates research results into own practice
  4. Collaborates with other members of OH team in
    developing conducting research

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Consultant
  1. Offer advise to the patient regarding the future
    treatment, or preventative measures to be taken
    at work when it is appropriate.
  2. Offer advice to management regarding the health
    of the worker as it may be affected by the
    processes or the substances used in them, where
    she/he considers such advice to be necessary

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Specific Roles of the OHN
  1. Advisor
  2. Counselor
  3. Educator
  4. Environmentalist
  5. Hygienist
  6. Interpreter
  1. Leader
  2. Rehabilitator
  3. Researcher
  4. Safety expert
  5. Supervisor
  6. Student

Harrison (1984)
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Conclusion
  • It is important for the OHN to provide health
    care with accountability, respect for human
    dignity and self-worth and to consider the
    ethical, spiritual, cultural and corporate
    sensitivities.

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