Company nurses or occupational health nurses are registered nurses who use their medical training and clinical experience to treat injured workers and assess job hazards. Work in this field requires a nursing license and the completion of a formal education in nursing. Company nurses can also become certified in occupational health.
Using extensive medical training and knowledge of occupational medicine and safety, company nurses interpret and document a worker’s medical complaints using medical histories and diagnostic tests.
While complying with laws and regulations, company nurses investigate and analyze injury trends, research possible occupational hazards, and collaborate with safety teams and managers. Additional job duties can include managing medical records, creating emergency workplace preparedness plans and evaluating health care delivery systems.