The field of Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing is constantly evolving to meet the health and safety needs of the nation’s workforce. Trends shaping occupational and environmental health include an ever increasing number of workplace hazards (including chemical, physical, psychosocial, and biological agents), the impact of the Affordable Care Act on health insurance coverage, escalating health care costs, an increased prevalence of chronic disease and injury in an aging workforce, environmental protection, and sustainability, and an increasing emphasis on global health.
These factors have all converged into a greater need than ever for employers to protect and promote the well-being of workers and to minimize any adverse environmental consequences from the work environment. Occupational and environmental health nurses are uniquely prepared to address these concerns.
Graduates work in a variety of settings — business, industry, health care, and public health — to develop, manage, and evaluate health services, programs, and policies designed to promote health and prevent work-related injuries and disease. Graduates prepared with doctoral education work in universities, and public and private institutions to conduct research and educate future generations of occupational and environmental health professionals and educators.
Read What is an Occupational and Environmental Health Nurse to learn more about working in the field of OEHN.