Employee Health Nurse Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the administrative direction of the Director of Human Resources, performs professional work of a technical nature in developing, interpreting and administering the City health and wellness program.  The Employee Health Nurse assesses the needs of the client population and work site, and plans, implements, and evaluates programs to address those needs.  The nurse acts as a case manager who practices within an occupational setting to assist ill workers to reach maximum health and productivity.  Using a unique knowledge of employees, their families, and the work environment, the nurse assesses, plans, implements, and coordinates a variety of programs and activities in support of employee health and wellness.  Work is performed with considerable independence within established guidelines.  Performs additional duties as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Performs pre-employment and annual physicals. Performs urine drug screening, vision and hearing screening, spirometry, weight, blood pressure, auscultation of heart and lungs, and recording of complete medical history as required.

Assesses non-occupational illnesses and injuries, determining need for immediacy of treatment, and providing guidance to seek care through group health providers.

Performs health screenings and health assessments and assists with follow-up procedures.

Serves as case manager for employees who have acute and chronic illnesses.

Provides physical and mental health-related counseling for employees within the scope of nursing knowledge and practice including information regarding the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and associated referrals. Initiates formal and managerial referrals to the EAP provider on behalf of the employer.

Researches, recommends and implements appropriate health and wellness promotion strategies including group and individual health education activities.

Instructs individuals, families, or other groups on such topics as health education, disease prevention, or childbirth and develop health improvement programs.

Works closely with Risk Management in identifying occupational health and environmental concerns and making recommendations to reduce risk and improve health and wellness.

Prepares correspondence to the Department Director, Division Manager and Benefits Coordinator when receiving medical documentation that an employee will be out of work for an extended period of time due to a personal illness or injury.

Assists supervisors and employees with return-to-work issues including modified scheduling and job accommodations.

Reviews ADA issues in coordination with the Human Resources Supervisor in an effort to identify reasonable accommodations when applicable.

Coordinates Federally required CDL drug and alcohol screening on a periodic basis to comply with City policy and prevailing laws.

Coordinates alcohol and/or drug screening for post-accident and reasonable suspicion incidents.

Responsible for the coordination and maintenance of EAP provider, City doctor, and drug screening contracts. Evaluates performance of such contracts and recommends improvements.

Coordinates fitness for duty evaluations when management has identified a serious performance issue.

Administers vaccines, over the counter medicines, and first aid as authorized by the City’s contracted physician.

REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Certification as a Registered Nurse by the State of Florida; five years public health or occupational health experience involving case management, wellness programs, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family/Medical Leave Act. CPR certification is required. Must be qualified as a DOT urine specimen collector or become qualified within 90 days of employment.  Certification as an Occupational Health Nurse preferred. Must have a valid Florida Driver License or the ability to obtain within 10 working days of employment.

B.    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Ability to apply nursing skills and knowledge to an occupational setting.

Knowledge of the techniques, methods, procedures, code of ethics, and legalities of professional nursing.

Current knowledge of laws and regulations governing worker and worksite health and safety including OSHA, ADA, FMLA, Florida Drug Free Workplace Program, DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement and International Association of Fire Fighters standards.

Ability to maintain and safeguard confidentiality of employee health information and health records. (Moved from essential functions)

Ability to communicate well with both supervisory and non-supervisory employees.

Ability to utilize community resources in providing education, assistance and referrals to local physician and health care and mental care facilities.

Ability to work with employees having communicable diseases, using personal protective equipment.

Ability to handle multiple crises, using triage techniques.

Ability to deal with issues in a highly compassionate, honest, objective, and confidential manner.

C.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to perform CPR and Heimlich maneuver.

Ability to hear and understand conversation in English in a normal tone of voice, whisper, or garbled.

Ability to speak clearly and distinctly, in person or on a phone; to one person or to a group of people.

Ability to read small, normal, and large printing or writing.

Ability to print or write words that are legible and easily understood by another person.

Ability to operate a personal computer and navigate related software programs with accuracy and skill.

Ability to perform complex tasks with little or no supervision including the organization of medical files and reconciliation of bills.

Ability to kneel, squat, or bend periodically throughout the day as required for maintenance of filing.

Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Ability to walk on uneven surfaces or up stairs.

Ability to lift and carry items up to 15 pounds a range of 10 feet to 300 yards.

Ability to work occasionally in cold or hot environments; around chemicals and strong odors; and around loud noises.

 

This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Revision - 5/10/17

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