MPH, BSN, RN, COHN-S
Over 30 years of experience in occupational health
Master of Public Health in Occupational Health Nursing
Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Certified Diabetes Instructor
Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist
Red Cross CPR Instructor
Licensed Registered Nurse in Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky
What is an Occupational Health Nurse (OHN)? An OHN works as the employee advocate, while balancing the needs of the organization. When effectively done, it can create a positive work environment for all. Acting as a liaison between the employee, the employer, and the healthcare system, the OHN can save money, time, and aggravation.
I discovered Occupational Health Nursing at the start of my career. I enjoyed the variety of the role and was able to proactively assist individuals with their health, while being prepared to respond to any injury or illness that affected workers while on the site. I became board certified as an Occupational Health Nurse Specialist, demonstrating my proficiency and excellence in the field of occupational health. I sought out new opportunities and experiences and at one point in my career, worked as an operator in a chemical plant. This role, which provided me with a first-hand look into the challenges employees face when trying to do their job, inspired me to go back to school for my Master’s in Public Health in Occupational Health Nursing from UNC @ Chapel Hill. I was shocked at intensity of the physical and mental requirements of the role and truly felt that if I wasn’t part of the solution, I was part of the problem…and I vowed to become part of the solution.
The MPH program broadened my focus. It became clear that companies face significant direct and indirect costs due to employee healthcare, financial, and psychosocial issues. My desire to assist companies to become healthier grew and I found myself moving into a leadership role, working to improve worker health across the country. I found a kindred spirit in April Nelson, whose focus on improved worker health and frustration with senseless healthcare spending, matched my own. Together we formed JC Michaelson Consulting, LLC.