Occupational Health Nursing Jobs in the NHS and Private Sectors
Occupational health nursing is a great career to get into, it can offer such a wide variety of opportunities. Any qualified nurse with an NMC pin number (UK only) can apply for an occupational health nurse job, but the role is particularly suited to anyone interested in health promotion and employee wellbeing.
An occupational health nurse works with members of staff to ensure their workplace and working routines are not causing any adverse effects on their health and that they conform to current health and safety legislation. Workplace risk analysis and recommendations for improvement are a common task for an occupational health nurse.
Working in the NHS will involve monitoring the wellbeing of all members of staff that you are responsible for. It will also probably mean you will be working on a local stop smoking service for employees, as well as promoting healthy eating and regular exercise. You may also be working with employees in the private sector if your local NHS trust has a contract to provide occupational health services to an external organisation.
As you progress through your career, you can specialise in a particular area of health promotion or go on to become a nurse manger and be responsible for your own team of occupational health nurses. A band 7 occupational health nurse manager can earn a minimum of £30.4K according to the NHS agenda for change pay scales. In the private sector you will find that salaries vary according to the organisation, but will usually be comparable to NHS salaries in order to attract qualified candidates.
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