Occupational Health Nursing is playing an increasingly important role in providing health care services to Nova Scotian workers and their families. Beyond health maintenance and restoration after individualillness or injury, Occupational Health Nurses provide their clients a bridge to a healthier workplace, benefit to individual employees and to the organization for which they work. Whether it is throughprevention and awareness programs or through confidential employee assistance organizations, employee wellness is the goal.
An OHN is a Registered Nurse with specialized training in Occupational Health and Safety issues in the workplace. These dedicated professionals can be found in a variety of organizations: Industry, Business, Governments, Health Care Facilities, and Community Agencies. Companies are becoming more aware that the workplace affects employee health and that employee health affects workplace productivity. In each situation, the Occupational Health Nurse is focused on keeping people healthy…feeling good aboutthemselves and contributing to the success of the organization for whom they work. It’s a win-win situation for the individual, the family and the organization.
From it’s early days, where the emergency response “first aid” services were the priority, Occupational Health Nursing has matured to reflect modern social and business philosophies… part of what might be called “best practices” in human relations. In most large organizations, the Occupational Health Nurse has become an integral part of a team of professionals who blend the elements of safety, wellness and medical services within the workplace. Occupational Health Nurses promote health workplace policies, as built-in blueprints, necessary to create supportive environments. Policies can be effective in changing the behavior of all employees. They enable employee and employers to implement a global approach toward targeting specific problems in the workplace.