The field of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing (OEHN) is constantly evolving to meet the health and safety needs of the nation’s workforce. Trends shaping occupational and environmental health include an ever increasing number of workplace hazards (including chemical, physical, psychosocial, and biological agents), the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance coverage, escalating health care costs, an increased prevalence of chronic disease and injury in an aging workforce, environmental protection and sustainability, and an increasing emphasis on global health. These factors have all converged into a greater need than ever for employers to protect and promote the well-being of workers and to minimize any adverse environmental consequences from the work environment. Occupational and environmental health nurses are uniquely prepared to address these concerns.
Read "What is an Occupational and Environmental Health Nurse" to learn more about working in the field of OEHN.
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The job opportunities are excellent and particularly broad for the graduate-level occupational and environmental health nurse. Career opportunities are available in manufacturing industries, insurance companies, consulting and educational organizations, clinics, hospitals, government agencies, and labor organizations. Opportunities are most prevalent in large urban areas and there is a nationwide demand for doctorally-prepared occupational and environmental health nursing specialists in academia. The jobs continue to evolve as the needs of organizations evolve and as organizations gain greater appreciation of the value of occupational and environmental health nurses.
Occupational Health Nurse salary ranges (from salary.com)