If you are a Registered Nurse who would like to provide proactive, preventive occupational health and safety programming in a business setting, Occupational Health Nursing may be for you.
The focus of Occupational Health Nursing is the relationship between the work, the work environment, and worker health. Occupational Health Nursing aims ultimately to improve, protect, maintain, and restore the health of workers, thereby influencing the health of the organization.
Clients in Occupational Health Nursing practice include the organization as a whole, groups of employees, and individual employees. This specialty program is grounded in the notion of partnership: between nurses and management, labour, and workers; between nurses and other health and safety professionals; and between nurses and community resources. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Occupational Health Nurses (OHNs) contribute to the achievement of a healthy, productive, and successful company by understanding and supporting organizational business goals.
Successful occupational health nurses demonstrate:
To see OHNs in action watch this video on the role of the Occupational Health Nurse/Nurse Advisor from Worksafe BC.
This program provides the specialized body of knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities to practise at a beginning level in a wide variety of organizations. It offers experienced Registered Nurses either an Advanced Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing after completing 30 credits, or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Specialty Nursing (BSN) after completing 30 more credits (for a total of 60 credits).
Completion of the BCIT Occupational Health Nursing Advanced Certificate program provides the educational foundation and decreases the experience requirements for eligibility to apply to write the CNA Occupational Health Nursing certification examination.
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
Job opportunities are expanding, and are often related to disability management activities. Some opportunities may be part-time, in settings with other OHNs or through agencies, in addition experienced occupational health nurses are often self-employed. Salaries vary widely based on type of industry and the nature of the job description.
Below are a list of questions new applicants frequently ask. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact us directly.
Yes - you must be licensed as a Registered Nurse.Top
Yes all 30 credits are transferable.Top
No - there is no application process. You can register directly online.Top
Yes - while the courses have been designed to be taken sequentially, you may register in any course in the program (with the exception of clinical courses) as continuing education or to fulfill elective requirements in an undergraduate nursing program. However, it is advisable to discuss your choices with the Program Head.Top
The program is 30 credits - 7 three credit theory courses (21 credits) and 3 clinical courses (9 credits).Top
That depends on how much time you have to devote to course work. Each 3 credit course is the equivalent of 45 hours of contact time spread over 12 weeks.Top
All courses in the program are offered each term, with start dates in January, April and September.Top
Yes as long as you are licensed as a Registered Nurse in your home provinceTop
The first course in the program is NSOH 7100 - Introduction to Occupational Health Nursing.Top
You may be eligible to receive credit through the prior learning assessment (PLAR) process or by course challenge. Contact the Program Head for more information.Top
You may be eligible to receive transfer credits for NSSC 7115 (Teaching and Learning). Contact the Program Head for further information.Top
Janet Morrison RN, MA, PhD(c), COHN(C)
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 7082
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