Ensuring the health and safety of your employees is a top priority for management, human resources and executives alike. When it comes to navigating the world of health and wellness, an occupational nurse is a key player in an organization’s success. But what does an onsite occupational nurse do? In this blog, we will take a look at the five essential occupational nursing services that an OnSite Health nurse provides.
OnSite Health’s Essential Nursing Services
First Aid and Continual Assessment
Onsite nursing has been around since 1888 and was primarily found in larger companies for first aid and treatment of occupational injuries. Occupational nurses are still the primary caretaker for minor workplace injuries, health and safety needs. Triaging of illness and injury on the worksite greatly decreases the need and the cost to send employees away to occupational health clinics. This also helps keep productivity at a maximum. In addition to first aid, the nurses will also provide continual assessment of ergonomics and all work and non-work related injuries as well as monitor your first aid kits to ensure they’re fully stocked.
Health screenings are tests that look for disease before symptoms are present and will allow doctors to provide treatment before conditions worsen. Health screenings are a major part of our nursing services and allow for our nurses to educate and motivate your staff to set healthy goals. We currently offer heart health, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, hearing, and vision screenings.
Training and Certifications
Understanding basic first aid and CPR is an essential component of creating a safe workplace environment. In order to maximize your employee’s health and safety, we recommend that 10% of your staff be CPR, AED, and First Aid trained. Our occupational nurse will train your staff to earn their certifications and ensure that your staff is knowledgeable and comfortable to perform the exercises in time of emergency.
Preventative vaccinations are a key step in lowering company costs, increasing productivity, and decreasing absenteeism. OnSite Health provides all available vaccinations including influenza, hepatitis B, shingles, tetanus and will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations as they become available. Our nurses adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s best practices to ensure that your workplace is safe and healthy.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our team of onsite occupational nurses are working alongside our client’s management teams to ensure each organization is following the correct protocol. OnSite Health has a pandemic response protocol in place that works alongside the guidelines set forth by the CDC and WHO. In addition to setting forth new safety guidelines, our onsite nurses assist companies in navigating next steps. Our pandemic response includes temperature monitoring, screening, COVID-19 testing, return to work management, vaccine and compliance monitoring.
Occupational nursing is not a new phenomenon and has actually been around for over 130 years. From first aid and health screenings to navigating the complex healthcare system, an onsite occupational nurse is a key player in your company’s success. Staffing an OnSite Health Occupational Nurse pays for themselves through many inherent benefits such as the decreased costs of outsourcing several services and the decreased need to send employees to occupational clinics which also keeps productivity at a maximum. More than just a perceived benefit, our occupational nurse casts a wide safety net to protect your organization’s health, not only for its employees but its bottom-line as well
If you are interested in learning more about OnSite Health’s nursing services, please contact us today. We are happy to help.