CENTENNIAL HONORS COLLEGE Western Illinois University Undergraduate Research Day 2015 Poster Presentation Occupational Risks in Healthcare Ellen Bowen and Haley Byerly Faculty Mentor: Fetene Gebrewold Health Sciences Our topic for the Undergraduate Research Panel is a comparison between all of the different types of occupational risks for healthcare professionals. This topic is significant because we are getting our Bachelor’s degree in hopes of becoming healthcare professionals ourselves. It is important to know what types of occupational risks are out there. We will discuss occupations in healthcare, such as nursing, physicians, rehabilitation, medical professionals, and long-term care. We will then compare themdeciphering if they are acute or chronic. We will continue to discuss whether or not different risks are preventative and what exactly we can do to prevent these hazards. All health risks and hazards are crucial to learn about, because knowing the prevention of these occupations can help reduce the amount of occupational injuries we see in the workplace every year.