As we continue to navigate the new norm, many employers are taking the extra step to provide additional health resources to their employees. One of the resources is access to onsite nurses where employees and other designated active members of the workplace can have access to medical, safety, and wellness services.
What Services Does an Onsite Nurse Provide?
Many companies first started integrating health into the workplace for treating minor injuries and serving workplace health and safety needs. Today onsite nurses are a source of health, safety, and wellness information due to the wide range of services they provide including:
- First aid and continual assessment of ergonomics and all work and non-work-related injuries
- Health Screenings for viral infection, vision, respirator fit, hearing, diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure
- Preventative vaccinations
- OSHA mandated certifications and training such as CPR and ERT training
- First Aid Kit monitoring and restocking
- Coordinates all workers’ compensation claims, first reports of injury, incident reports, corrective action and medical follow up for work related illness/injuries
- Coordinates the Return to Work program with employee, supervisor, physician and third party administrator
- Determine need for Fit For Duty (referrals)
- Develop and manage nursing care plans
- Processes Short Term Disability claims
Benefits of Onsite Nursing Services
Providing onsite health care not only satisfies the employees, but the lasting benefits will outweigh the costs of bringing an onsite nurse into your facility.
Reduced Health Care Costs
With quality health care available at the workplace, employees can receive immediate medical care for non-emergency injuries for the fraction of the price an emergency room or hospital costs. This can also cut injury care costs by implementing preventative measures to reduce injuries from happening in the first place. The care team will become familiar with your workplace and can help identify potential health and safety risks
According to the American Medical Association when an employee leaves work for a doctor’s appointment it can take about four hours of productivity out of an employee’s workday. By offering onsite nurses, companies will be able to reduce lost productivity resulting from an employee leaving, traveling, and receiving services offsite. Walking to the onsite nurse for a 15-minute appointment is not only convenient but is more productive for both the employee and the company.
Enhanced Employee Satisfaction
When it comes to ensuring employees are happy and healthy, access to an onsite nurse is a great place to start. While convenience plays a huge role in whether people use a service, the convenience of an onsite nurse will allow employees to remain engaged in their overall health and wellness. An onsite nurse could also be an appealing benefit for attracting and retaining employees. Offering health and wellness services shows employees that the company cares about their well-being and satisfaction with the organization.
Strengthening Your Workforce
Whether you’re a team of 5 or running a Fortune 500 company, controlling costs is a fact of corporate life. Offering an onsite nurse can help bring a new perspective to the often difficult to navigate healthcare system. The onsite nurse has the utmost safety and health expertise and understands the inner workings of the healthcare system to make it work best for your company. Adding an onsite nurse to your company may seem like a ‘nice to have’, but the lasting benefits for both your bottom-line and your employees makes them essential to have.