RN Occupational Health

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POST DATE 8/27/2016
END DATE 10/8/2016

Christus Health Irving, TX

Irving, TX
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree



Position Summary:

Responsible for the overall facilitation of operations and functions of Ambulatory groups Occupational Health Program, including but not limited to: defining and standardizing policies and procedures, developing standard processes and guidance for managing Occupational Health records, working to ensure new hire and annual health screens are implemented in alignment with regulatory requirements, and patient and employee safety needs (immunizations, Tuberculosis screenings, work injuries...). Promotes a safe and healthly organizational work force and work environment.

Major Responsibilites:

- Builds and maintains an ambulatory employee health program and strategy to ensure that all regulatory and safety needs are met. Includes reviewing injury reports, investigating injuries, developing, communicating and managing standards processes and guidance to ensure that pre-hire and post-hire health assessments and screening tests are performed.
- Works cross departmentally with Human Resources, Risk Management and others as needed.
- Supports sites in managing exposures to communicable diseases with local and state health dept as required including guiding coordination and documenation of post-exposure surveillance for Associates exposed to tuberculosis, needle sticks and other exposures to infectious disease.
- Develops standard processes to define the management of Ambulatory employee Occupational Health records in compliance with Regulatory agency requirements such as OSHA and OCR. Including identify sources of all records, how they would be accessed for audits and appropriate retention procedures.
- Works with the Occupational Health Representative to faciliate Associate workplace injuries or exposures in accordance with the CHRISTUS Health Texas Occupational Injury Assistance Plan (TOIAP).
- Develops and provides associate and manager training using adult learning principles, via face to face, phone and web meetings.
- Oversees Associates immunization for vaccine preventable diseases such as MMR, Hepatitis B, TDAP, Varicella, & Annual Influenza, as required by state law and policy. Provides proper follow-up with Associates to ensure compliance. Ensure the recording of all vaccination information in accordance with policy and Federal and state law. Includes organizing, administering, promoting and reporting of the annual associate flu vaccination program across all Ambulatory sites.
- Works collabratively with other Occupational Health staff to develop and recommend Associate Health policies and procedures, forms and other improvement processes.
- Serves as the expert source to sites for information on communicable diseases, reporting requirements, and prevention strategies and procedures to minimize exposure risks. May serve as a committee member.
- Compiles and reports data to Human Resources, Quality and Ambulatory leaders.
- Maintains professional currency and relevance by reading professional literature, committee participation and continuing education.
- Consults with other Occupational Health Nurses, Medical Staff and others as needed on matters relating to health assessement findings or fitness for duty concerns, ADAAA issues, Associate illnesses, return to work issuess or regulatory compliance matters such OSHA, CDC, Texas Department of Health Services, or any other matters of concern.
- Demonstrates competence to perform responsibilities in a manner that meets the age-specific and developmental needs of individuals served by department
- Appropriately adapts individual assessment, treatment and/or care methods to accommodate the unique physical, psychosocial, cultural, age-specific and other developmental needs of individuals served.
- Performs other duties as assigned.


Position Quailificaitons

A. Education/Skills

* Excellent written and Verbal communication skills with all levels of associates and professional staff.
* Responsive to feedback.
* Ability to organize and lead teams to achieve process improvements.
* Graduate of an accredited school of nursing with current State of Texas RN license. (May require other practice state licensure.)
* Demonstrable experience with PC, Excel, Word and Powerpoint or similar word processing system required.
* Demonstratable knowledge of applicable Centers for Disease Contol and Prevention recommendations, OSHA regulations and other Regulatory Agencies as related to Associate Health in Ambulatory Healthcare practice sites.
* Attention to detail and accuracy necessary. Ability to work within deadlines and handle multiple tasks required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required.

B. Expereince

* A minimum of two years of clinical nursing experience in Medical-Surgical nursing, Emergency Care or Family Practice is required.
* Experience in Occupational Health, Employee Health, Public Health and/ or Worker's Compensation is preferred.

C. Licenses, Registrations, or Certifications

* Current Registered Nurse licensure required
* Occupational Health Nurse certification (COHN) desirable and required attainment within 1 year.