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In short - sometimes it is luck -  being in the right place at the right
time. Many list subscribers will have got their first job in OHN as a result
of a training or screening post. The other option is to qualify as an OHN
and gain SCPHN registration.

With regard to getting a job as a screening nurse - gain a portfolio of
screening skills eg spirometry, audiometry. There are a number of courses
advertised in the Occupational Health Journal. If you are a member of the
RCN then they have it in the RCN library. If not an RCN member I would
strongly recommend subscribing. The publisher is Reed publishing - you can
find them through Google.

Join one of the local OH groups - there has been info posted on their in the
last few weeks - again a list of them is included in the OH Journal. If you
are in commutable distance of London you could apply for our course at
London South Bank University. You may be eligible for some exemptions if the
units you have completed on your oH& S degree are transferable. This is the
direct link to info about the LSBU course:

http://prospectus.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course.php?UCASCode=unknown&CourseID=81
69.

If you are not based close to London there are D/L courses available at
Robert Gordon in Aberdeen or University of Western Scotland. The NMC can
provide a list of institutions throughout the UK. Not all the courses which
are validated are still running so it may involve a bit of detective work.

I hope this is helpful

Anne Harriss
Course Director Occupational Health Nursing
London South Bank University



On 22/06/2011 22:55, "Fadzai Makasi" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have a NEBOSH certificate and postgraduate diploma in Occupational health
> and safety. I am a registered general nurse who has developed an interest in
> occupational health and safety and employee health and wellbeing. However, my
> problem is that although I have the qualifications, I do not have the
> experience, and I am finding it extremely difficult to get into occupational
> health as almost all recruiters are turning me down saying I have no
> experience. How does one get the rquired experience? Someone any ideas?
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