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Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing

Occupational and environmental health nurses (OEHN) focus on preventing work-related illnesses and injuries as well as promoting the safety and health of worker populations and communities. Nationally and internationally, OEHNs work in a variety of settings such as private industry and agencies, health care settings, and governmental organizations.

For students enrolled in the OEHN program, diverse clinical placement sites are available. These sites offer opportunities to develop a firm foundation of knowledge and skills related to: 

  • the clinical dimensions of an occupational health setting;
  • the development, implementation and evaluation of occupational safety and health programs and policies; 
  • an understanding of the organizational structures, processes, and partners within and outside of the worksite which influence occupational and environmental health.

Every effort is made to match student interests and learning goals with each clinical placement.  Select sites for clinical placements include but are not limited to: Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center; Public Health - Seattle King County; the City of Seattle; Group Health Cooperative; the Monroe Correctional Facility; SeaMar Clinic; Harborview Medical Center; the occupational health consulting firm of Karen Bowman and Associates; Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, and the UW Employee Health Clinic.