PROGRAM CODE B0410
Credential Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Length of Program: 8 Courses
Starts September, January, May
This course introduces students to the specialty of occupational health nursing and is a prerequisite for subsequent courses. Students will explore the role and functions of the occupational health nurse including ethical and privacy issues, concepts of hazard and risk, workplace and worker health assessments, health surveillance, and an introduction too disability management.
Using a systems approach, students will acquire an understanding of the health effects of exposure to various chemical and physical agents and the role of the occupational health nurse in health surveillance.
Ongoing Health Status Assessment - Correspondence
Concepts of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention are applied to occupational and non-occupational health problems in the worker population. The Registered Nurses’ role in health promotion includes history taking, physical, mental and psychosocial status assessment. Relevant diagnostic testing is stressed. Physical examination of the ear, eye, respiratory, musculoskeletal and nervous systems are practiced, using programmed education. Concepts of epidemiological investigation are included.
Health & Safety Management - Online
Occupational health nurses support the organization's health and safety programs through knowledge of the principles of loss control, methods of accident investigation, and the promotion of a safe, healthy workplace through effective health and safety program implementation.
Occupational health nurses frequently engage in helping relationships and the provision of health promotion programs. this course will introduce students to the helping process, crisis intervention, theoretical frameworks of health promotion, and the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs.
Students will acquire an understanding of the principles and processes of workplace accommodation for employees with work and non-work related injury and illness.
The principles of ergonomics and biomechanics are explored as they relate to workplace interactions between workers and their equipment and environment in order to promote safe work practices and the prevention of repetitive strain and musculoskeletal injuries.
This course will enable students to understand the occupational health and safety legislation of their respective province. This knowledge will enable occupational health nurses to function as a resource person to facilitate organizational compliance with health and safety legislation.
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