Occupational Medicine. Principles and Practical Applications. Zenz C, ed., Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, Inc., 1975 Jan; :41-59
Responsibilities of the occupational health nurse (SIC-8049) are reviewed. The occupational health nurse may work independently or cooperatively as a member of an occupational health team. With a multidisciplinary health team, the nurse is the focal point for medical management and industrial engineering practices as these relate to the health of the individual workers. Occupational health nurse positions such as supervisor, specialist and staff nurse are considered. Working relationships among members of the occupational health team including nurse, physician, safety professional, and workers are described. Relationships between the occupational health nurse and community health and medical care resources are also described. The types, complexity, and sophistication of an effective record keeping system are determined by the scope and objectives of the health service, by the size of the work force, and the type of establishment the health unit serves. Simplicity, convenience, and necessity are suggested guidelines for such a system. The responsibility of the occupational health nurse for adequate, useful record keeping and for periodic audits of the quality of care through examination of these records is described. Relations between occupational health nurses and first aid workers are discussed. The responsibility of the nurse in providing information to management regarding needs for adequate space, personnel, equipment, and supplies for the occupational health program is examined. The author concludes that the occupational health nurse must provide the maximum possible service within the constraints of priorities and resources available.