Remote resilience: A glimpse into the life of an Occupational Health Nurse – Meet Hannah Taylor!

08/05/24 – Blog

Join us as we shine a light on the incredible nurses here at Medigold Health!

Discover their inspiring journeys into occupational health nursing, why they’re passionate about their career, and why now is a great time to jump into the occupational health industry.

Today, we introduce you to Hannah Taylor, one of our amazing Occupational Health Nurses.

A glimpse into the life of an Occupational Health Nurse

What does a typical workday look like for you at Medigold Health?

I work as a remote Occupational Health Nurse, so luckily, I don’t have to worry about a commute to work in the mornings. I start my working day at 8 am, and it finishes at 6 pm. I work condensed hours, so full-time over four days, which is another great aspect of my role. 

I work in numerous different areas within the company, so I have a lot of variability, but I always get advanced notice of what I am doing. Some days, I start an hour earlier and cover the Medication Line, which assists safety-critical workers with medication advice when needed. 

On other days, I am undertaking management referral consultations, so I also get to speak to several people a day and complete reports, which I type and send off following a phone call with the employee.

We have a great team, and despite working remotely, I can ask for advice from fellow colleagues on a Teams Chat platform and receive a response almost instantly. I always feel part of a team, albeit working alone.

How do you start your day?

I used to start my day early and prep for the day ahead if working on management referrals; however, following a new system being introduced, I no longer need to do this, so I start my day with a cup of tea and log on ready for 8 am.  Sometimes, I have a little chat with my colleagues on my team.

Are there any specific challenges or exciting aspects of your role that stand out?

I come from a nursing background, so I worked on the wards for 13 years, then in an assessing role, which made me want to move into the occupational health world. It was the best move I made!

There are challenges, as I come across new things daily; however, I have my colleagues and manager to assist me. Every day is a ‘school day’, and I am happy to learn new things. I think the stand-out aspect of my role is purely helping and assisting people back to work, which a lot of the time is where they want to be, but they just require some additional support in getting there. Speaking to a lot of lovely people on the phone who are grateful for your assistance and guidance gives me a great sense of accomplishment.

Can you share a memorable or rewarding moment from your recent experiences at Medigold Health?

I have had a lot of memorable moments, and every day can be rewarding. When the patient you are speaking to wants to be back at work following a long period of absence and, working alongside their employer, you help get them there, they are forever thankful!

How do you maintain a work-life balance while working in the occupational health sector?

I fulfil my working hours over a period of four days, so this allows me to have a day off in the week, which helps with the work-life balance. I also think working from home does help as I don’t have to worry about the early commute to work or the traffic coming home, which can add another 50 minutes to your journey. I literally switch off my computer at 6 pm and the evening is mine 😊

Are there any specific tips or advice you would give to someone interested in a similar career path?

I would say “Go for it!”. I was nervous to begin with. I wasn’t an occupational health nurse by trade, but you come with the knowledge you have gained over the years, which can be useful in any sector of nursing. 

I have now been in this role for two years, and I don’t look back; I am happier, I am not stressed and I feel more supported now than before when management was in the next office. My current manager is located at the other end of the country; however, I can pick up the phone or go onto chat, and the support is there on tap.  Medigold is a great company to work for, and I would happily advise anyone considering a career in occupational health to take the leap.

Looking for a new career?

If our nurses have inspired you to consider a career in nursing, check out the below links for information on routes into the profession:

How to become a nurse | Health Careers

Occupational health nurse | Health Careers

To find out more about our current OH Nurse and OH Advisor opportunities, visit our Careers page here.

Medigold Health are also an accredited training organisation, so if you’re looking for a new challenge and are exploring a career in occupational health, get in touch with our Chief Nursing Officer to learn about the training programmes and shadowing opportunities we offer and how we can support you.

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