Course Overview

“Occupational Health Basics for Nurse Practitioners and Other Nursing Professionals” is a self-paced e-learning series provides fundamental knowledge for nurses in clinical practice roles, especially nurse practitioners, who wish to improve their proficiency in the area of occupational health. Nurses in a variety of practice settings deal with patients and clients whose health conditions can be attributed to exposures and hazards encountered in workplace settings. When these workers seek clinical health services, primary care providers and other clinicians may require additional training or experience to effectively manage these cases and provide the appropriate care. Of primary importance is the knowledge to recognize and identify occupational health conditions, as well as to meet provider requirements in the workers’ compensation process.

Please Note: Due to the configuration of the learning management system used for this course, you will need to have either a Gmail account or a University of Washington email account to register for the course.

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Intended Audience

Practicing nurses, recent nursing graduates, other nursing professionals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Summarize key concepts and principles that guide occupational health nursing practice.
2. Apply occupational health principles to enhance clinical nursing practice.
3. Discover opportunities to modify clinical practice to better serve the health needs of worker populations.

Course Structure

This continuing education offering is comprised of three modules:

Module #1: Overview of Occupational Health Nursing Practice

Faculty: Mary E. Dirksen, MN, RN, COHN-S

Module Objectives

  1. Describe fundamental concepts and core missions that define occupational health nursing practice.
  2. Identify how occupational health nursing differs from other nursing specialties and practice areas.
  3. Discuss the historical, socio-cultural, political, regulatory, and disciplinary influences on the development of the professional identity of occupational health nursing.

Module #2: How to Take an Occupational and Environmental Health History

Faculty: Mary Miller, RN, MN

Module Objectives

  1. List essential components of an occupational and environmental health history.
  2. Describe how to conduct an occupational and environmental health history for clinical contexts.
  3. Contrast information gleaned through an occupational and environmental health history from that obtained through conventional ways of taking a health history.

Module #3: Introduction to Workers’ Compensation in Washington State

Faculty: Gayleen Lies

Module Objectives

  1. Summarize the role of primary care providers and claims managers in the workers’ compensation process.
  2. Explain reporting procedures and requirements in the Washington State workers’ compensation system.
  3. Paraphrase the significance of return to work in terms of patient/client interest.  

Certificate of Completion

When you have completed and successfully passed the course, a PDF certificate for Continuing Nursing Education credit will be emailed to you, which you can print out.

Accreditation - Continuing Nursing Education

Nursing continuing education contact hours are available.
Provider approved by the California board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 14441 for 3 contact hours.
Karen R. Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-S CEP Provider 14441 for this course.

Registration Requirement

In order to register for the course, you will need have either a University of Washington email account or a Google Gmail account. This is a limitation of the configuration of the learning management system for this course.

Registration

The “Occupational Health Basics for Nurse Practitioners and Other Nursing Professionals” online course with CNE credit is available to participants from June 15, 2015 to June 15, 2017. You have up to 3 months from when you register to complete the course.

  1. You must have either a University of Washington email account or a Google Gmail account to register. This is a limitation of the configuration of the learning management system for this course.
  2. Create an account on our site or login to your existing account and select the green registration button at the top to register.
  3. Choose "Bill Me Now" to complete your registration for this free course.
  4. Once your registration is processed, you will be emailed a web link to participate in the course.