Public Health and Occupational Health Nursing

732 Words Mar 21st, 2016 3 Pages
Public Health and Occupational Health Nursing The history of nursing is one of continual growth and development. The development of public health nursing as a profession is no different. The purpose of this paper is to look at how public health nursing has progressed and examine the impact it has had on contemporary work environments.
History of Public Health Nursing Each generation brought with it new challenges, and public health nursing grew, along with other nursing professions, to meet and counteract those challenges. Professional nursing history began with the organizational efforts of Florence Nightingale. Nightingale was born into a wealthy and prominent family in nineteenth century Europe. During the Crimean War,
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Disease management, disaster preparation/planning, emergency care for work-related injuries, work environmental health/safety promotion, employee rehabilitation, and improving employee treatment are just a few of the various responsibilities shouldered by occupational health nurses (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014). Occupational health nurses are instrumental in the identification, limitation, and education related to potential risks in the workplace. Occupational health nurses have provided employees with routine health and safety education (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014). Yearly competency training and testing are another way nurses have worked to increase staff health and safety awareness. The duties of the occupational health nurse are not free from challenges and ethical dilemmas. Occupational health nurses may find it difficult to balance the fiscal restraints set by employers with the needs of employees. However, the priority of the occupational health nurse is to do what is in the best interest of workers (Roger, 2012). Occupational health nurses possess the opportunity to educate employers. As healthcare, insurance, and legal costs continue to rise, employers have been helped to recognize the benefit of investing in occupation health nursing. Occupational health nurses have been shown to increase employee productivity by decreasing disability claims, cutting on the job accidents, and reducing
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