Ashley Tupper, MS, FNP-BC, RN
Family Nurse Practitioner/Occupational Health Nurse 2014 Alumni
The Occupational Health Nursing (OHN) concentration at the University of Michigan provided me with a foundation in occupational health that has opened the door to many jobs in diverse settings including urgent care, hospital-based occupational health, industry, construction, and migrant camps. Beyond my training as a Family Nurse Practitioner, the occupational health clinical rotation afforded me the opportunity to place sutures, perform Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exams, review audiology and spirometry tests, perform fit for duty exams, and much more.
This concentration is not just about the impressive funding that is available. It requires you to become an advocate for your own education and to excel as an independent learner. Additionally, you are expected to function as a representative for the School of Nursing in diversely populated classrooms. Most importantly, in order to be successful in this program you need to be dedicated both to the field of occupational health and to bringing your service and knowledge to this population of patients in the workforce.
This program truly provides substantial value for your time investment. I have been able to make professional contacts with leaders in research and academia. Additionally, the OHN concentration has provided me with the preparation needed to sit for the Certified Occupational Health Nurse-Specialist (COHN-S) certification. Furthermore, I was provided with the funds to complete DOT Medical Examiner Training and soon I will sit for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) certification examination (saving my future employer over $400).
Prior to graduation, I was offered a position with a local medical group that provides urgent, primary, and occupational health care to the community. It was this program, this concentration, and these experiences that helped me reach my professional goals and helped me shine brightest.