Nurses can assist in helping instruct supervisors and line managers on how to use this OH service, the best way to refer employees to occupational health, what kind of information is required, and what you can anticipate from the Occupational Health and Safety.
Through the development of transparent referral procedures, making sure that confidentiality in medical care is protected and rights of the worker are respected, the OHA can help ensure that those who are referred for evaluation because of absence due to illness are at ease with the process.
OH nurses, because of their close relationships with employees as well as their understanding of the workplace environment , and trends in ill health in the workplace are typically in a great position to provide advice to management on how to prevent absenteeism. My experience has been that referrals to general practitioners is been limited in their use to address work-related issues and the best results are achieved by informing the GP in mind, as well as making referrals to an occupational doctor.
The rehabilitation strategy that is planned will assist in ensuring the safety of returning back to work of employees that were absent from work because of injuries or illnesses.
Nurses are often the primary person involved of the rehabilitation program who together in conjunction with the manager and the individual employee, carry out the risk assessment, develop the rehabilitation plan, monitor progress and discuss it with the person and the OH physician , and the line manager.
Nurses are also involved in the development of proactive rehabilitation methods that seek to identify early signs of changes in health prior to when these ailments cause the employee being absent from work. Enhancing and maintaining working capacity helps many groups, both the individual and the society as expensive absence and other health-related expenses are reduced.
In many cases , the OH nurse must work within the organisation as a client advocate to ensure that the managers are aware of how important it is to improve the health of the employees. OH nurses possess the knowledge required to perform this task and are able to create areas of particular significance.
A nurse in occupational medicine could come up with proactive strategies to assist the workforce keep or restore their capacity. Older workers, new workers, women who return to work after having a baby or those who have been without work for a long period of time can all benefit from advice on health or a plan of exercises designed to aid in maintaining or restoring their abilities to work, even before any health concerns arise.
Many of the issues that industry faces have a psychosocial component and they can be more complicated and costly to address. OH nurses, who work at the corporate level can be in a position to provide advice to management on strategies to be implemented to improve the psychosocial well-being and health of employees.
Safety and health
The OHA may have a part in the development of strategies for safety and health. When large or high risk organizations have in-house health and safety professionals the OHA is able to work closely with them to ensure that nurses’ know-how in health, risk assessment and health surveillance as well as environmental health management are fully integrated in the overall health and safety plan.
Health professionals are trained in the law of health and safety as well as risk management and management of workplace hazards and therefore can make an important contributions to overall control of safety and health at workplaces, with a special focus on the risk assessment of health.
Identification of hazards
Nurses are often in close contact with workers as well as being aware of any changes in the workplace. Due to the nurse’s knowledge of the effects of their work on health, they are well placed to assist in hazard detection.
The risk could be triggered by the introduction of new procedures or practices or could result from unintentional changes to procedures and procedures that nurses can quickly identify and evaluate the potential risk posed by. This type of activity requires regular and frequent workplace visits by occupational health nurses to ensure up-to current understanding and knowledge of work processes and procedures.
Lawmaking in Europe is becoming increasingly guided by a risk-management approach. OHA’s are educated on risk assessments and management techniques and depending on their expertise and the complexity involved in risk assessment, nurses may conduct risk assessments or assist in the risk assessment in conjunction with other experts.
Tips on controlling strategies for controlling
After having been involved in risk assessment and identification of hazards, an occupational nurse is able to within the confines of their training and education give advice and provide information about appropriate control strategies such as health surveillance as well as monitoring, communication about risks, and evaluation of the effectiveness of control strategies.
Research and the application of evidence-based practice
Specialist OHA’s make use of studies from broad variety of disciplines, such as the fields of psychology, toxicology, nursing and environmental health as well as public health within their everyday work.
The most important requirements for occupational health nurses practicing is to have the ability to critically evaluate and read research findings from the various disciplines and to integrate the findings into an the practice of evidence-based practice. Nursing research is well-established with a modest but increasing amount of evidence being generated by occupational health nurse researchers who study the practices of occupational health nurses.
OHA’s must make sure that they have access and the expertise required to make their decisions based on the most reliable evidence available. At the corporate level, occupational health nurses might be involved in the production of reports for management, such as sick absence trends, accident figures, assessments of health promotion requirements and in evaluating the provision of services, and the efficacy in occupational health programs. The ability to research skills and of transferring information and knowledge from published research into practices is an essential element of the job.
OHA’s, in addition to other health, environment , and safety experts on the health team for workplaces are in a unique place in the society. They are able to access personal and medical information that relates to employees within the business that wouldn’t be available to anyone else in the group. The society has imposed, through laws, additional obligations on medical professionals to protect and protect the rights of patients.
The ethical standards applicable to every field are defined and enforced by all of the professional organizations. Infractions to these codes of ethics can cause the professional to be removed from the register and unable from working. Nurses have a long and respected tradition of defending the trust given to their care by patients.
The trust that patients place in occupational health nurses’ professionalism means that the employees believe that they are open and transparent and open with the nurse with belief that the information won’t be used for anything other than the purpose for which it was intended.
This allows nurses to work more efficiently than could be done in the absence of trust present. Protecting personal data allows a trusting relationship between employees and nurse to develop and allows for optimal collaboration and working relationships.
It is the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) has released a useful guidelines on the ethics of professional occupational health workers’. The guidance can be found below “Occupational Health Practice must be performed according to the highest professional standards and ethical principles.
Occupational health professionals must serve the health and social wellbeing of the workers, individually and collectively. They also contribute to environmental and community health the obligations of occupational health professionals include protecting the life and the health of the worker, respecting human dignity and promoting the highest ethical principles in occupational health policies and programs. Integrity in professional conduct, impartiality and the protection of confidentiality of health data and the privacy of workers are part of these obligations.