188.685.01 OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH NURSING
Focuses on occupational and environmental health and the role of the nurse in these settings. Emphasizes the interaction of the worker with his/her work place and the maintenance of health and prevention of disease. Seminars and directed reading focus on approaches to recognizing and preventing occupational and environmental disease, selected hazardous exposures and their health effects, and the components of an occupational health program. A field trip to a local industry provides an opportunity to participate in a plant walk-through and to complete a written work place assessment that incorporates the nursing process.
On completion of this course the student will be able to: 1. Examine the elements of an occupational and environmental health program and the role of the nurse as a member of the health and safety team. 2. Analyze the impact of occupational and environmental exposures on the development of acute and chronic health effects in the worker. 3. Define the role of the nurse in the prevention and management of occupational and non-occupational disease, disability and injury. 4. Apply the nursing process in the completion of a written workplace assessment designed to evaluate health and safety. 5. Identify the professional standards and ethical issues in the delivery of occupational health.
- Tuesday 5:00 - 6:50