An occupational health nurse is a specialist who contributes to creating a safe working environment for employees in order to prevent work-related illnesses, and promote employee’s health and ability to work. Occupational health nurse is one of the key specialists in our team. Occupational health nurse takes care of our clients by promoting purposefulness of the occupational health care service and cost-effectiveness of the service, coordinating cooperation and improving the quality of the service. Occupational health nurse works in cooperation with occupational health physician who decides on the future strategy for the provision of occupational health service based on the information gathered on the work environment-related risk factors and health check-ups. The main goal is to prevent health problems among the client’s employees and thereby reduce costs related to the employee’s work incapacity. Decrease of occupational health care costs over the years is considered an indicator which reflects efficiency of the service and success of the cooperation.
Occupational health nurse participates as a specialist in mapping the employees’ health and collecting preliminary information for health check-ups. Occupational health nurse works closely with occupational health physician, who gives approval to involve other specialists in the service, if necessary.
As a rule, occupational health nurse informes the employee of the results of performed analyses and tests, and consults the occupational health physician, if necessary. Occupational health nurse is also the primary contact for the employee if there is a need for preventing work-related health problems or treating a related illness. Also the employer can turn to the occupational health nurse if new risk factors or other factors that may endanger the employees’ health emerge in the work environment.