1. Tell us a little bit about your role at Examinetics and how your role contributes to the overall company mission.
I started with Examinetics in 1986 as a nurse on the mobile units. I have held various roles throughout my tenure and I am currently Manager of Medical Services. As the head nurse for Examinetics, I am responsible to help identify the needs of our clients as it relates to their compliance programs. I help to make sure all required testing is discussed with our clients and offered to their employees. I also help to identify the follow-up required for our clients when results are reported. Often our clients understand that they need to have testing done to show regulatory compliance, but they are not aware of what to do with the information that we provide to them.
2. How does your role contribute to the health and safety of America’s workforce?
All the nurses in the Medical Review department, myself included, help educate our client companies and their employee participants. Specifically, we explain how good blood pressure health and good heart health are important to good respirator health. The relationship between personal health and respiratory health is not well understood.
In my various roles, I have always tried to teach our clients, and our employees, how to promote good occupational health. We want to make sure that people understand why it is important to take care of themselves at work as well as at home.
3. What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is educating others on the importance of occupational health and wellness. When I was a teenager, my uncle got a job at a paint factory. He worked for less than a year, then he had to quit because he developed respiratory problems. Unfortunately, the company didn’t offer holistic health incentives which negatively impacted my uncle until his death. As a result, I believe educating people on the importance of taking care of their lung as well as taking advantage of their company's wellness and occupational health programs will allow people to live to the fullest.
I’ve always felt that we have to teach people the importance of taking care of their lungs and taking advantage of their company’s wellness and occupational health programs to the fullest.
4. What do you think is the future of workforce health?
Eventually, I believe it will be the norm for workforce health to include proactive company-sponsored healthy living plans that incorporate many parts of a healthy lifestyle including diet, exercise and emotional health.
5. Considering your role and different experiences in your work, please share a personal safety and/or health tip that may be relevant for clients.
My tip is to publicize your safety records & accomplishments and get your employees to share in the success of your achievements in safety. I have been to many plants over the years and I truly believe that it makes a difference when the plant prominently displays how many days it has been since their last incident. The plants that post that information appear to take a lot of pride in the safety of their workplaces and help create a culture of safety. It seems like such a simple solution, but often the simplest ideas are the be.
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