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Occupational health nurse

Occupational health nurses care for the health and wellbeing of people at work.

Potential salary

£22,000 to £44,503

Employment by 2024


Working hours

38 to 40 a week

  • knowledge of medicine and nursing
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • a desire to help people
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of psychology
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As part of your day-to-day duties, you may :

  • carry out pre-employment medical checks
  • assess and treat employees who are injured or become ill at work
  • provide counselling and support
  • give advice on health education, health and safety and sickness absence
  • carry out risk assessments
  • manage employee health records and statistics
  • develop and managing emergency procedures

You may need to wear a uniform.

You could work in an NHS or private hospital or at a client's business.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

With experience, you could move into a management position, leading a team of occupational health staff or running an occupational health centre.

You could become a self-employed occupational health consultant, work for a private company or take extra qualifications and go into nurse training.

You can find out more about occupational health nursing from Health Careers.

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