***This position is located at MedStar Washington Hospital Center***
Responsible for the daily operations of the Occupational Health Department in collaboration with other regional OH Hubs, OH Shared Services and in support of OH AVP and Risk Management department.Coordinates the work activities and services provided by the clinical and administrative staff to assure efficient, effective and safe patient care in the Occupational Health Department. Performs clinical duties as staff Nurse Practitioner assuming clinical management of assigned patients.
Bachelors degree in Nursing. ANA accredited Nurse Practitioner Program, masters degree in Public Health or Nursing preferred.
5 years of progressively more responsible job related experience with a minimum of 4 years as a RN or NP and 2 years in a senior, lead or supervisory capacity.
Registration with the Washington DC and/or Maryland and/or Virginia and/or other MedStar location State Board Examiners of Nurses. Basic Life Support certification. Certification in Occupational Health nursing.
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 and Responsibilities
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 OH and outside medical providers to monitor the progress of case management in terms of established outcomes which includes length of disability, rates of injury and illness, and other specific indicators. Collaborates with TPA to coordinate treatment plan, insure appropriate referrals and authorizations are obtained and optimum care and case management is achieved.
Coordinates and implements the Advanced Practice provider peer review evaluation process. Coordinates and provides on-going medical in-services with the OH AVP to promote and enhance practice in occupational health and managing treatment for work-related injury. Organizes orientation programs and oversees continuing clinical education to ensure adequate preparation of staff to meet clinical practice and operational requirements.
Develops and contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Ensures compliance with hospital/facility policies and procedures and governmental/accreditation regulations.
Develops, plans, recommends and helps implement wellness programs to improve the health and work-life balance of associates.
Evaluates and follows MedStar OH protocol for fitness for duty. Makes appropriate referrals to physicians, other health care providers and facilitates mandatory EAP referrals if indicated.
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. Develops, implements, and monitors transitional duty program for associates with work related injuries.
Evaluates, assesses, and treats work related injuries with implementations of standards of care according to OH policies. Formulates appropriate care plan including diagnostics and referral to specialists as indicated. Completes appropriate workers compensation documentation. Enters and updates appropriate databases with case information and work with TPA to manage workers compensation claims.
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 collaborate with managers in injury prevention measures and departmental action planning.
Oversees daily operations and facilitates the interdisciplinary and collaborative practice of clinical and support staff. Assists with recruitment, selection, on-boarding and staff management. Coordinates and completes the performance evaluation process for all staff.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams as appropriate. Participates in meetings, serves on committees and represents the department and hospital/facility in community outreach efforts as appropriate.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Performs pre-placement medical clearances for new candidates including complete job appropriate history and physical examinations with referral to PCP if indicated.
Prepares and administers medications, including vaccinations and tuberculosis testing according to department policy/procedure. Follows appropriate OH protocol for exposure type including appropriate labwork, first aid, and/or prophylaxis administration and informs of necessary exposure follow-up.
Requisitions and interprets diagnostic laboratory and x-ray examinations when indicated. Counsels individual associates regarding exam findings, abnormal lab and x-ray results, appropriate follow-up, any implications for personal health and the impact on job performance.
Works with OH AVP and OH Shared Services to prepare and manage designated OH site budget effectively to ensure resources are available to support departmental goals and objectives. Collaborates with OH AVP and OH Shared Services to identify, evaluate and implement plans to improve operations and clinical practice in the OH department in collaboration with the department director and medical director.