This online lecture presented by Pat McGovern, PhD, MPH, BSN, is an introduction to the practice of occupational health nursing. She presents an interdisciplinary framework for assessing workers’ exposures to occupational hazards, identifying potential adverse health outcomes, and developing strategies to control exposures and prevent injury and illness. She also describes the roles and functions of occupational health nursing practice.


  1. List the practice priorities for occupational and environmental health
  2. Describe the six types of potential occupational hazards to which workers may be exposed
  3. Identify the potential adverse health and safety outcomes from exposures for a specific health care occupation
  4. Apply the hierarchy of control in occupational health and safety to a job you have had
  5. Describe three examples of occupational health nursing roles or jobs

Key Benefits

The Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety for Nurses addresses the following topics:

  • Practice priorities for occupational health and safety
  • Magnitude of occupational injuries and illnesses in the U.S. workforce
  • Dangerous industries and occupations in the U.S.
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in workers’ occupational fatalities, injuries and illnesses
  • Types of occupational hazards and examples of workers’ exposures
  • Levels of prevention applied to occupational  health nursing practice
  • Professional roles and competencies of occupational health nurses
  • Examples of occupational health nursing jobs obtained by graduates of the Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program at the University of Minnesota
  • Information on the Occupational Health Nursing Program and the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety at the University of Minnesota
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Section Title
Introduction to Occupational Health and Safety for Nurses
Online, self paced
Jul 01, 2019 to Dec 28, 2025
Delivery Options
Self Paced Online  
Course Fee(s)
0 non-credit $0.00
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