10. Workplace Injury Management

  1. Arlene Guzik DNP, ARNP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN President and Owner
  1. Arlene Guzik DNP, ARNP-BC, COHN-S, FAAOHN President and Owner

Published Online: 26 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783252.ch10

Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing

Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing

How to Cite

Guzik, A. (2013) Workplace Injury Management, in Essentials for Occupational Health Nursing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783252.ch10

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 19 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813806891

Online ISBN: 9781118783252

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Keywords:

  • healthcare providers;
  • occupational health nurse (OHN);
  • workers' compensation insurance;
  • workplace injury management

Summary

This chapter outlines the key components to managing workers' compensation benefits. The level and scope of benefits provided to injured workers under the workers' compensation system is guided by state regulations. After the injury occurs, the occupational health nurse (OHN) should follow a consistent process in investigating the incident and providing the worker with appropriate healthcare intervention. Consistent management of each workers' compensation claim can be achieved by following a set of key principles which are discussed in the chapter. The engagement of all involved to employ SMARTER strategies help to create an effective workers' compensation program that meets the needs of injured workers while providing a high-quality, cost-effective benefit. By instituting these strategies, the employer is able to demonstrate value for both the injured workers and for the company.