Full Job Description
Provides nursing care, preventive health information, and guidance through a comprehensive program that includes first aid, care and assistance to associates who become ill or are injured at work, and hospital-wide immunizations to prevent spread of communicable diseases. Monitors associates' health to protect patients and associates, and to prevent injury and illness. Serves as clinical liaison between associates, physicians, other care-givers, insurance companies/administrators for Worker’s Compensation, and temporary modified duty program. Works collaboratively with the Occupational Health Team.
Education/Training: Bachelor’s Degree strongly preferred.
Experience: 3 years of nursing experience; occupational health experience preferred
License/Cert/Reg: Valid RN license in the State of Maryland or DC. Basic Life Support certification.â€¯ Certification in Occupational Health nursing is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Good physical assessment skills, triage, and first aid skills. Understanding of workers compensation and OSHA regulations. Good patient education skills. Strong communication skills and intermediate computer skills.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Accurately documents all data into the associate electronic medical record (OHM). Accesses documents in other appropriate databases. Provides timely and complete data entry and includes all required information based on Occupational Health practice standards.
Collaborates with NP/PA, Risk Management, WC TPA, and medical providers to monitor the progress of case management in terms of established outcomes to coordinate treatment plan, insure appropriate referrals and authorizations are obtained and optimum care and case management is achieved.
Develops, plans, recommends and helps implement wellness programs to improve the health and work-life balance of associates.
Implements health compliance programs required for hospital workers as identified by federal, state and policy guidelines. Programs include but are not limited to: mandatory influenza program, N95 fit testing, hearing conservation, TB testing and vaccination requirements.
Liaises with entities/departments to evaluate safety of workplace and collaborates with managers in injury prevention measures and departmental action planning.
Manages the temporary modified duty program to ensure safe and timely return to work. Evaluates associates ability to return to work full-duty or in modified work capacity after extended absence. Assesses work capability given reason for absence and job responsibilities. Consults with NP/PA as needed.
Performs assessment of associates reporting work injuries not requiring treatment or follow-up. Provides appropriate first aid and report review.
Performs pre-employment physical to determine the ability of the individual to perform the job for which they are applying. Screens for infectious disease symptoms, serious medical conditions or disabilities (except DC). Counsels individual patients regarding exam findings, abnormal lab results, the appropriate follow-up, any implications for personal health and the impact on job performance. Consults with NP/PA as needed.
Prepares and administers medications, including vaccinations and tuberculosis skin testing according to department policy/procedure. Manages medication and medical supply inventory. Orders supplies based on need and appropriate par levels in a fiscally responsible manner.
Provides exposure follow-up including appropriate labwork, first aid, and/or prophylaxis administration. Provides necessary exposure counseling and inform associate of necessary exposure follow-up. Consults with NP/PA as needed.
Provides oversight and compliance tracking for mandatory substance abuse monitoring with NP/PA as needed.
Participates in meetings and on committees and represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts. Participates in multi-disciplinary quality and service improvement teams.
Performs other duties as assigned.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.