Dubai Health Authority, UAE
Title: The vital role of occupational health nurses and the challenges facing them
Ms. Ruba Al Jaber is a senior staff nurse since 2001.Graduated from institute of Nursing - Dubai, and got a master professional diploma in Strategy & Development-City & Guilds University-UK, currently studying NEBOSH international Diploma for Occupational Health & Safety. Undertaken the role of occupational health nurse and had significant contributions to OH services. Actively involved in PCI committee/Occupational health committee/Wellness Promotion committee. Conducts surveillance and monitors staff compliance for follow up of:
- Needle stick injury/mucous membrane exposure/staff injury
- HCWs vaccinations.
- Communicable disease exposure
Participated as Speaker in:
- In-service nursing education programme on monthly basis about Occupational Health programme
- Nursing Role in Management of HIV Patient, March/2009.
- Occupational Health Overview in Hospital Quality Meeting January/2015
- Infection control link nurses programme & Hospital Orientation Programme.
Occupational health nurses play many roles, including but not limited to clinician, manager, educator, researcher, consultant, and case manager. These roles may be played independently or integrated into the health care team through collaboration with other disciplines’ professionals. Professional activities may include health protection, health promotion, or both, designed to reduce health risks, support productivity, improve workers’ quality of life, and be cost-effective for the organization (Graeve, McGovern, Nachreiner, & Ayers, 2014; Henke et al., 2010).In addition occupational health services, provided at the workplace to address the health care needs of working populations have been identified as an important component of the public health strategy. These services can also make a significant contribution to other government initiatives, such as; reducing health inequalities, reducing social exclusion and sickness absence, and by protecting and promoting the health of the working population occupational health services can help to reduce the overall burden of ill health. Access to occupational health services for primary prevention and control of work-related injuries and illnesses by the global workforce is limited (World Health Organization [WHO], 2013). From the WHO survey of 121 (61%) participating countries, only one-third of the responding countries provided occupational health services to more than 30% of their workers (2013). In this presentation the main topic is the vital role of occupational health nurse according to WHO role definition and the challenges facing this profession.