The North Country on the Job Network: a unique role for occupational health nurses in a community coalition.
1. Through a community based program, nurses were hired by a rural medical center to facilitate care for injured workers in the community. This placed the nurses outside the industrial and insurance arenas. 2. Rapid access to care and expedited return to work were made possible largely through improved communication, facilitated by the nurse case coordinators, among all involved parties (i.e., workers, employers, health care providers, insurance carriers). 3. The program provides access to occupational health nurses, or case managers, to a large number of rural workers--many of whom work for small employers and would not have these services otherwise. 4. The simple administrative model has resulted in increased numbers of workers returning to work with decreasing numbers of transitional or modified duty days.
Kennedy, MQ; Badger, E; Pompeii, L; Lipscomb, HJ
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