The Registered Nurse functions as an integral member of Occupational Health, in collaboration with the OHS staff, and other healthcare professions in assessing, planning, and evaluating the health and safety of VA employees and other staff. He/she will ensure that all privacy, health/safety standards are met to safeguard the well-being of employees across the organization. The position reports to the Nurse manager of the Emergency Department with direction through the Chief of OH. Duties and or responsibilities may include but are not limited to the following: Ability to recognize, evaluate, and appropriately refer occupational illnesses and injuries for treatment. Knowledge of workers' compensation laws; local, state, and federal regulatory requirements; and systems for maintaining health records. Ability to support the delivery of Occupational Health services. Knowledge of legal and ethical issues related to occupational health care practice. Functions as a clinical, educational or administrative leader, pacesetter or role model for peers and personnel under their supervision. Initiates problem identification; seeks resolution; follows through with implementation; evaluates by defining in terms of improved health care. Collaborates with appropriate resource/administrative personnel. Utilizes the nursing process to provide a comprehensive, realistic, patient-centered plan of care. Identifies potential problems and writes appropriate Nursing/medical orders/interventions as per clinical privileges. Evaluates the nursing and medical care delivered to each employee/patient and modifies plan of care. Conducts multidisciplinary conferences/meeting/presentations. Able to maintain direction and follow through with a coordinated plan of action. Serves as a clinical preceptor to new staff members. Encourages participation of staff in problem-solving activities by eliciting ideas and motivating personnel. As designated clinical preceptor, guides, orients, counsels and demonstrates expertise to nurses who are unfamiliar with patient care specialty. Conducts effective conferences; accepts responsibility for starting meetings/conferences/rounds promptly, maintaining direction and following through with decided plan of action to improve health. Serves as a catalyst in a group setting, prioritizes needs and moves the group towards goal accomplishment or problem resolution. Independently promotes collaboration in discharge planning, involving patient and family. Maintains and enhances open communication channels with nursing staff and personnel in other services demonstrating the ability to use effective interpersonal skills. Shows evidence of participation on Nursing Service and/or Medical Center Committees and/or active involvement in Educational Programs. PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: American Board of Occupational Health Nurse Certification Preferred - Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN). Previous Occupational Health / Employee Health experience preferred. BLS Certification preferred. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday: 08:00 AM-04:30PM. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Internal Number: 599925600
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.