Occupational Health Nurse Education
There is no legislative requirement for Occupational Health Nurse education.
During the period 1998-2008 OHN education was organised by the Society of Occupational Health Nurses (FaSA) in cooperation with the Danish Nurses Organisation (DNO) and The University of Sheffield UK.
Since 2010 a program has been promoted by The Danish Nurses Organisation (DNO) in cooperation with The University College Copenhagen (UCC)
The education is at diploma level ,on a part time basis, and consists of 6 modules. 2 of the modules are assigned to Workplace Health Promotion and Prevention. The duration of the programme is 12 weeks, equivalent to 20 hours per week. The structure is lectures followed up by individual and group work, supervision and a final examination.
The individual modules award competency and can be taken separately.
The completion of all modules results in the qualification Health Professional Diploma. (60 ECTS points).
Brief description of the 2 modules specifically related to Occupational Health Nursing
Health Promotion and prevention at the workplace
• The role and functions of the OHN in relation to project management
• The role as a consultant
• Project management.
• Epidemiological definitions and their utility
• Communication (mostly in own organisation with a special focus on the dialog with managers)
• Methods of research and development relevant to the working environment
The module concludes with a group synopsis followed by individual examination
Health Promotion and prevention for selected risk groups with focus on the working environment and working climate
• Differentiating groups at risk on different evidence based perspectives and epidemiology
• Political strategies Working environment and health promotion
• Theories, models, classifications and survey methods
• Perspectives on networking and intervention in different areas
• Information, communication and cooperation in relation to health promotion and prevention with focus on the working environment og working climate
• Interdisciplinary cooperation and society based possibilities to react with health promoting and preventing activities in relation to the working environment and working climate
The module concludes with the submission of a written project and an oral examination This can be either on an individual basis or group work.
Negotiations are currently taking place between the Danish Society of Occupational Health Nurses (FaSA) and the Danish Nurses Organisation (DNO) to establish an education programme at University degree level