Plant Nurses Is A Great Risk Management Technique
We have found that our recommendations for plant nurses have worked out very well for our higher E-Mod/X-Mod clients. They are indispensable for proper medical referrals and to treat minor injuries. In some cases, they have saved lives in serious injury situations. If your company’s E-mod is over 1.5 and you are a manufacturer or a company that has larger centralized locations, a plant nurse can justify their salaries many times over.
I am not referring to rehab nurses that are assigned to post-accident employees that have not returned to work. There are rehabilitation companies that will provide a plant nurse if certain conditions are met – such as the facility being large enough to justify this great risk management technique.
There are many different types of nurses that can be used:
LPN – Licensed Practical Nurse
RN – Registered Nurse
NP – Nurse Practitioner
PA – Physician’s Assistant
There are only certain situations where I would ever recommend using a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician’s Assistant. They are more expensive than RN’s or LPN‘s. I will post on NP’s next time.
There are many manufacturers, especially involving hazardous materials that may want to consider using a plant nurse. We have found that many employers have not used this Mod reducing technique.
The one main thing to remember is that once a plant nurse is hired, the results of their efforts will not be seen fully for three to four years. As I have posted often, Workers Comp is a heavily delayed-results system.
Overall, the clients where we have made this recommendation experienced an E-Mod reduction. Risk Managers can usually see the results in 60 – 90 days. The size of the company often determines the usefulness of plant nurses.
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