The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The Environmental Health and Safety Department (EH&S) works in partnership with the University’s organizational units to meet occupational and environmental safety standards to provide a healthy and safe place of employment, and to protect our environment. This position will directly contribute to and be accountable for creating and sustaining a culture of service, accountability, and excellence within the Department. Additionally, this position will help to adopt strategic planning initiatives and support data gathering for metrics and performance monitoring to ensure organizational efficiencies and desired outcomes are met. This position will adopt and align work processes and practices to support the values of the EH&S department including: accountability, collaboration, diversity, efficiency, and excellence.
EH&S has an outstanding opportunity for an Temporary Registered Nurse to work in our Employee Health Center (EHC) in a 80-100% FTE nine-month temporary position. The nurse will participate in the department-wide COVID-19 response effort. Primary tasks include coordinating and conducting contact tracing, responding to inquiries about COVID-19 from University community members, and ensuring UW COVID-related practices align with those of federal, state, and local public health guidelines. The RN will also help employee health and public health teams implement preventive occupational health services for University personnel. The nurse will collaborate with colleagues within EH&S and from other UW departments to ensure compliance with public health and occupational regulations and mandates. The nurse’s work is supervised and directed by the EH&S manager of occupational health programs. They both work in consultation with the Employee Health Center’s medical director and nurse practitioner.
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
COVID-19 prevention and control duties (85%)
- Coordinate contact tracing for members of the UW community who test positive for COVID-19, and track those who are being tested.
- Conduct contact tracing.
o Gather information from those who tested positive.
o Communicate with UW close contacts.
o Give health-related guidance to UW cases and close contacts.
o Send notifications, per the UW contact tracing protocol.
o Follow up with cases and close contacts to determine their status.
o As needed, communicate with campus partners, such as Housing & Food Services and UW Facilities.
o Enter all inquiries and responses into a database.
- Monitor Employee Health Center (EHC) COVID-related emails and phone calls.
- Assist with after-hours public health and disease investigation response activities.
- Collaborate with EH&S colleagues to address the occupational health and public health implications of COVID-19
- Respond to questions from University departments and community members regarding COVID-19 prevention and control, the University’s public health prevention activities, workplace health and safety efforts, and other health-related information.
- As appropriate, direct inquiries to the other University department.
- As needed, communicate with officials from local and state health departments.
- Maintain privacy and confidentiality according to state and federal standards and policies.
Other employee health duties (15%)
- As needed, provide clinical administrative services for the hepatitis B program.
- As needed, provide immediate consultation and guidance case management for hazardous exposures, such as bloodborne pathogen exposures from needle sticks and animal bites.
- As needed, deliver preventive occupational health care to UW personnel in a wide array of employment settings.
- As needed, conduct occupational health assessments, screenings, and other clinical services, including vaccinations, medical screening, and surveillance.
- As needed, conduct medical screenings for employees who work with animals or in animal-use areas.
- Document occupational healthcare delivery in the electronic employee health record.
- Participate in Environmental Health & Safety meetings and trainings.
- Other duties as assigned by the supervisor, AD of Campus Preventive Health, or EH&S director.
- Licensed as a registered nurse in the state of Washington
- Bachelor’s degree in nursing
- One year of experience as a professional nurse
- Master’s degree in nursing
- Master’s degree in public health
- Five years of experience as a professional nurse
- Three years of experience as a public health nurse
- Specialized training and/or experience in public health and/or communicable disease
- Demonstrated ability to follow protocols
- Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and platforms
- Demonstrated ability to be flexible with a quickly evolving public health situation
- Demonstrated ability to work accurately and attend to details
- Demonstrated initiative and follow through
- Demonstrated effective communication orally and in writing
- Demonstrated customer service and interpersonal skills
- Strong interest in learning new health and public health information
- Willingness and ability to work evening and weekend hours, including some unanticipated/unscheduled hours
- Demonstrated ability to function effectively in team activities
- Demonstrated ability to lead team activities, even if not an official supervisor
- Experience with electronic medical records
- Proficiency with common computer programs, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and SharePoint
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