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Occupational Health Nurse (RN) Days

Job Ref: 27791

Talent Area: RN - Other

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital
Baytown, TX 77521

Area/Department: Occ Medicine

Employment Type: Regular

Job Type: Full-Time

Organization: Houston Methodist

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F

Company Profile

Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital, located 35 miles southeast of Houston, is the area's only full-service hospital offering specialized medical care for patients at every stage in life. This 392 licensed bed hospital with 18 operating rooms, and over 1,400 employees, brings Medical Center excellence and quality care close to East Harris and surrounding counties.

Job Summary

The responsibilities of this position include providing professional nursing leadership and assistance in the organization, planning, development and implementation of both Occupational Health and Employee Health programs. The programs encompass medical evaluation of new employees and non-employee groups that perform duties at the hospital, on-going employee health management and education, regulated and corporate medical surveillance, evaluation of personal health as it relates to work fitness, and corporate drug and alcohol program. Also included is the initial triage, management and monitoring of occupational injuries and illnesses. Facilitates transitional duty as liaison between providers and front-line managers. Developing, implementing, maintaining and continuous evaluation of the hospital`s program for Safe Patient Handling and movement of patients (SPH&M). The nurse assists in the development, supervision, coordination, and expansion of the Unit Lift Champions (ULC) program and all other hospital employees who participate in moving and transporting patients. Under the guidance of Employee Health, analyzes data from employee and patient accident reports for the purpose of determining how to prevent future patient handling injuries and accidents. Educates, and promotes SPH house wide, and develops a system to maintain SPH&M supplies and equipment. Collaborates with Infection Control in the investigation, reporting and follow-through related to employee exposures to infectious or communicable diseases. Works with physicians and advanced practice nurses performing employee health assessments. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 1. Performs pre-employment drug screens and post offer health assessments on all new employees, allied health professionals not covered under medical staff credentialing, and other contract, agency, volunteers and students per corporate drug and alcohol policy.  2. Provides nursing services per protocols for on-going hospital worker health management to include the annual TB surveillance program for employees, volunteers and contract personnel; the Hepatitis B vaccination program; the influenza vaccination program; the drawing of titers and provision of other vaccinations; and the review of health records for compliance. Assists practitioners in the delivery of onsite personal health care or wellness activities.  3. Conducts initial triage, management, review and monitoring of occupational injuries and illnesses under protocols. Provides first aid treatment for work injuries as needed and appropriate. Consults with or refers injured workers to physicians and advanced practice nurses as appropriate. Coordinates medical care with assistance of case management. Coordinates employee transitional duty with injured worker`s supervisor in person and at worksite when appropriate.  4. Utilizes results from data collection activities to include occupational injury and illness volumes and trends, results from infection control surveillances, trends of employee injuries and illnesses to identify and prioritize areas of focus for improvement. Develops corrective action plans targeted to improvement. Participates in and reports to safety and medical committees.  5. Assists in development and revision of policies and procedures to meet current practice standards.  6. Nursing competency in the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for hospital workers and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. . General nursing knowledge of Worker`s Compensation or Texas Workers Compensation laws and regulations.  7. Collaborates with Infection Control, physicians and others in the investigation, reporting and follow-through of employees potentially exposed to infectious or communicable diseases.  8. Coordinates planning of and may present educational programs to enhance staff knowledge.  9. Implements and develops a Safe Patient Handling and Movement program in conjunction with trainers, physical therapists, equipment specialists.  10. Independently, as well as collaboratively, identifies areas in need of leadership and educational programs or consultation.  11. Designs, develops and presents educational programs to selected audiences for the purpose of reducing risk and improving patient safety, in collaboration with the center for professional excellence.  12. Trains and assesses Unit Lift Champions. Participates and develops education for non nursing employees.  13. Designs and maintains a follow-up process to assure that new or taught skills are being utilized in accordance with proper SPH&M principles.  14. Gathers, reviews, and utilizes qualitative and quantitative data analyses to develop educational material to promote patient safety and risk reduction.  15. Participates in various committees as requested. Provides recommendations for SPH&M equipment 16. Demonstrates the components of the I CARE values statement (Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence).  17. Demonstrates Service PRIDE standards ( smiles and make eye contact; greets each patient and visitor; seeks out patient and visitor contact; displays appropriate body language at all times; take 5 minutes each day to go above and beyond for one patient or visitor; honors diversity; thanks every customer.  18. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Report all accidents promptly and corrects minor safety hazards. Communicates with peers and management regarding any hazards identified in the workplace.  19. Performs other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is required. Alternative and additional specialized experience, certifications, and current enrollment in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, may be considered in lieu of the minimal educational requirement.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:  Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience as a licensed nurse, in Occupational Health or Employee Health at an acute care hospital or corporate health department. Must have front-line occupational injury triage and case management experience. 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:  Current Registered Nurse licensure for the State of Texas Current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) required. Specialty Certification; Certified Occupational Health Nurse  (COHN) preferred, particularly if relevant work experience is under five years. Substantial experience in field would be required if not certified as COHN.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED: N/A  WORKING :   Normal office conditions. Professional attire with TMH badge.

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