Occupational health nurse practitioners (OHNP) are also known as occupational and environmental health nurse practitioners or occupational health and family nurse practitioners. The focus of the OHNP is the prevention and treatment injuries or illnesses resulting from the work environment. The OHNP usually cares for patients/employees directly in an onsite employee health clinic.

OHNPs are instrumental in maintaining a safe work environment by educating workers on personal health issues, wellness and safety policies. The OHNP also conducts workplace assessments where they observe current business practices and assures that health and safety standards are being followed. The OHNPs make suggestions to companies to assure the workplace and the standard operating procedures are safe for employees. OHNPs have a specialized knowledge that when put into motion increases employee retention and reduced workers’ compensation claims.

To assist employees in maintaining optimal health in their work environment, OHNPs are familiar with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and legislation that protects the worker, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Additional patient/employee care duties can include counseling for substance use disorder and offering wellness program options. OHNPs also dispense information on nutrition, vaccinations, exercise, weight loss, overall improving wellness, and the dangers of smoking.

OHNPs also work as consultants, advising companies and employees on how to maintain a safe working environment, steps to reduce workplace stress, and measures to prevent work-related injuries and illnesses. In addition, the OHNP consultant may also treat individuals suffering from work-related injuries and illnesses and personal injuries and illnesses. 

If your facility is in need of an Occuptational Health Nurse Practitioner, please contact Laurel Gallion at (919) 459-5275 or [email protected].