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Occupational Health Nurse


An Occupational Health Nurse provides preventative health care for people who work at hospitals and other medical facilities. They work closely with employers to insure that health and safety standards are met, and are instrumental in maintaining optimal employee health.

Things You'll Do:

  • Develop safety programs at hospitals
  • Document employee injuries or illnesses
  • Appraise work environments

Your job characteristics:

  • Structured
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Independent

How You'll Get There
  • Get Your
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Pass Your
    National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN)
  • You can start working as a Registered Nurse.
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  • Get at least 3,000 hours of experience in occupational health.
  • Pass Your
    Occupational Health Nurse certification exam (COHN)
  • Become a
    Certified Occupational Health Nurse

More About this Specialty
  • Where You
    Can Work

    • Public health clinics
    • Private practices
    • Schools

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  • How Much You
    Can Make

      an average salary of

      $42K - $55K

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  • What Else You
    Can Expect

    • You’ll be trained to work in environmental health, disease management, employee treatment, emergency preparedness, health care services, rehabilitation and return-to-work issues.

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