Occupational health nurse

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

Average salary (a year)

£22,000 Starter

to

£44,503 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on a rota

How to become an occupational health nurse

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role

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.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of medicine and nursing
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you may :

  • carry out pre-employment medical checks
  • assess and treat employees who are injured or become ill at work
  • provide counselling and support
  • give advice on health education, health and safety and sickness absence
  • carry out risk assessments
  • manage employee health records and statistics
  • develop 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.

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.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for an occupational health nurse right now.

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Courses In England

Nursing and Midwifery Access to Higher Education Diploma Level 3

  • Provider: LTE GROUP
  • Start date: 25 January 2021

Access to Nursing

  • Provider: WEST THAMES COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 September 2020
  • Location: Middx

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