Employee Health Nurse PRN in East Chicago, IN at Community Healthcare System

Date Posted: 9/24/2019

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    PRN · Days · 0730 - 1600· 20
  • Location:
    4321 Fir Street
    East Chicago, IN
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  • Experience:
    Not Specified
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Job Description

Job ID: 26710

Category:   Nursing Services

Facility:   St. Catherine Hospital • Employee Health

Schedule:   PRN • Days • 0730 - 1600 • 20

Location: East Chicago, IN


 Under general supervision and in accordance with guidelines and protocols established by the Occupational Health Medical Director and the Infection Control Chairman, and in consideration of accepted nursing principles and standards, administers the Employee Health Program for hospital employees.  Provides services designed to promote and maintain emotional and physical health, prevent disease/accidents and rehabilitate and treat sick and/or injured employees.
1.     Job-Specific
6.1  Obtains health histories and performs pre-placement health interviews with all prospective candidates for employment including contracted services such as Rehab Care and Security.  Performs pre-placement screening examinations, such as two-step tuberculin skin tests, orders required lab and radiology tests, and collects specimens for urine drug testing.  Consults the Occupational Health Medical Director/Physician regarding questions or concerns with pre-placement candidates.
6.2  Reviews results of pre-placement lab and radiology tests, refers abnormalities when indicated, and follows-up on referrals/course of treatment for abnormalities detected. Provides Occupational Health physician with required information/forms for any positive urine drug tests.  Notifies pre-placement candidates of non-immune status regarding communicable diseases (chicken pox, measles, mumps, and rubella) and recommends/administers appropriate vaccinations per current Employee Health policies. . Evaluates tuberculin skins 48-72 hours after administration.
Orders chest x-ray (PA and LAT views) on any new pre-placement candidate who has a positive tuberculin skin test, reviews results, and refers individual to his/her personal physician for evaluation of latent tuberculosis infection.  Requires written proof from individual that he/she did consult a physician regarding prophylaxis. Works in conjunction with Human Resources Employment section advising of eligibility to begin employment and/or status of pending clearance.
6.3  In compliance with local, state and hospital-required screening/testing, conducts screening and immunization programs including Hepatitis B and influenza vaccine.  Offers Hepatitis B vaccine to all OSHA Category I or Category II prospective employees at the time of their pre-placement screening if they have not been previously vaccinated, or sends notification by mail if pre-placement screening indicates non-immunity and offers the opportunity for re-vaccination.  Responsible, in conjunction with the Infection Preventionist, for the hospital annual employee influenza vaccination campaign, including the promotion, administration, tracking, recordkeeping, and reporting of required statistics to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.  Solicits the assistance of nurse/nurses from each nursing unit to become 'flu shot' helpers to ensure that all employees have the opportunity to receive the vaccine.
6.4  Works in conjunction with the Infection Preventionist to ensure compliance with the hospital TB Control Plan, especially in regards to Tuberculin Skin Testing Program.  Assists in monitoring the hospital's annual TB Risk Assessment and implements annual tuberculin skin testing of employees if hospital's risk assessment changes from 'Low Risk'. Maintains aggregate data base of all skin tests administered.
6.5  Tracks, notifies and monitors employees who require annual screenings and/or lab testing (i.e. pharmacists who prepare chemotherapeutic agents who require annual questionnaires).  Ensures that Occupational Health physician reviews results and that appropriate notification is sent to employees.
6.6  Treats minor illnesses and accidents including follow-up care when required or as indicated by the Occupational Health physician, according to approved medical protocols. Determines which on-the-job injuries/illnesses require referral to the Occupational Health provider and initiates Occupational Health procedures for those referrals.  Maintains appropriate files on those employees who remain under the care of the Occupational Health provider and participates as an active member of the treatment team for those employees.  Makes the necessary arrangements for those injured employees who require additional testing (MRI, CT, EMG, etc.), physical therapy, or referral to a medical specialist.  Maintains frequent contact with injured employee.
6.7  Prepares and maintains 'Exposure Packets' to be utilized for employees who sustain an occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens.  Ensures that an adequate supply of packets are available in the Emergency Department to be utilized during the times that Employee Health is closed.  Monitors each exposure incident to ensure that the proper protocol is followed, including completion of incident report, appropriate lab tests are drawn on the source patient if known, appropriate lab tests are ordered on the exposed employee if source patient is known to be positive or suspected to be high risk for blood borne pathogens.  If source patient is positive for a blood borne pathogen (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV), ensures that exposed employee receives appropriate follow-up treatment ( initiation of post-exposure prophylaxis if indicated and agreed to by employee; referral to Infectious Disease Specialist if indicated; follow-up lab testing for the duration of time indicated by the current protocol). 
6.8  Ensures bills/invoices resulting from work-related injuries/illnesses are appropriate and processed for payment or write-off. Monitors and oversees worker's compensation claims; ensures that all related correspondence is processed; ensures timely filing on required reports and information including a 'First Report of Injury' on each reported incident to our Worker's Compensation third party administrator (TPA).  Maintains frequent contact with our TPA on open worker's compensation claims and collaborates with the TPA, Occupational Health physician, therapists and specialists in order to bring ongoing claims to satisfactory resolution as timely as possible. 
6.9  Tracks all employee incidents by entering pertinent data in the current software program utilized by Employee Health.  Maintains the hospital OSHA 300 log, calculates lost work days, summarizes annual totals and ensures posting of the required information by February 1st of the following year.  Maintains a 'sharps injury log' annually as required by OSHA.
6.10  Initiates notification, screening and treatment of employees who are exposed to infectious or communicable     diseases during the course of their job.  Ensures treatment and follow-up care are performed in accordance with
            established local, state, and hospital procedures and requirements.  Notifies management personnel and                           removes employees from work duty (if necessary) in accordance with Employee Health policies/procedures.
            Follows-up with individual referrals, counseling, health history updates and reporting as required.
    6.11  Assists with interpretation of the Family Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA), Short Term Disability (STD) and Hospital Medical Leave of Absence programs for hospital employees.  Provides the necessary paperwork to those employees who request/require FMLA, STD, and/or Hospital Medical Leave of Absence.               
    6.12  Receives and reviews all medical releases from health care providers returning employees to work (required from any employee who is off three working days or longer).  Notifies appropriate managers of any work restrictions and assists in determining if such restrictions could/should be accommodated.  Provides Employee Health clearance to those employees returning to work.
    6.13  Coordinates hospital respirator program and ensures medical clearance is obtained by affected employees prior to undergoing respirator fit testing, i.e., OSHA respirator questionnaire completed by individual and reviewed by Employee Health; appointments made with Occupational Health provider for those employees who require additional medical evaluation; assists with scheduling employees for annual fit testing appointments, Works in conjunction with the varies hospital departments to ensure completion of annual fit testing for all employees who may be required to wear an N95 respirator.  Performs actual fit testing for new employees at the time of the pre-placement Employee Health visit.
    6.14  Assists in the administration of the hospital Fitness for Duty policy by assessing individuals who are possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol, which may be affecting their job performance.  Collects specimens for urine drug screening and/or breath/blood alcohol testing and completes the necessary paperwork after the assessment process is completed.  Assures that the proper procedures are followed.
    6.15  Confers with management personnel to provide advice/assistance regarding employees who have medical issues and concerns, to assess and address employee health problems, and to assess employee education needs.
    6.16  Participates as an active member of the hospital Infection Control Committee and hospital Safety Committee to assist in hospital compliance with applicable OSHA standards, Indiana State Department of Health rules; Joint Commission requirements and Centers for Disease Control Guidelines, as related to Employee Health. Works in conjunction with these committees to assess employee educational needs regarding Infection Control and Safety and to implement programs to address those needs.
    6.17  Participates in the development and implementation of Employee Health related policies and procedures. Remain abreast of developments in the professional Employee Health field by reading relevant literature, attending seminars and participating in a variety of professional activities.  Recommends and incorporates changes in policy/procedure as appropriate.
    6.18  Performs related administrative duties as required; i.e., insures adequate supplies for treatment, insures a systematized record-keeping system for recording and maintaining Health Service files, utilizes current computer software programs to store pertinent information regarding employee health and worker's compensation data, answers Health Service inquiries from insurance companies and attorneys.
    6.19  Maintains the confidentiality of employee health records at all times and ensures that protected health Information is only released to those individuals who have a 'right to know' such as our third party Workers' Compensation administrator.
    6.20  Interact with medical providers and occupational health staff on an ongoing basis to facilitate patient care.
    6.21  Assists with the preparation of the annual budget for Employee Health and plans for supplies and equipment for the department.
    6.22  Plans, coordinates, and publicizes the Employee Health Fair for hospital employees, which is held periodically. Solicits participation from various hospital departments and appropriate outside sources to ensure a wide variety of information booths and health screening procedures. 
•         Level of knowledge equivalent to that ordinarily acquired thorough completion of a minimum of two years of college level training in nursing
•     Two years of current and progressively more responsible clinical experience in order to: a) acquire a thorough knowledge of professional nursing standards and principles: b) develop the necessary analytical communication and interpersonal skills; and c) become familiar with hospital policies, procedures and standards as well as guidelines/regulatory requirements of third-party entities.
•         Working knowledge of personal computer and software applications required to perform the job.
•         Current licensure to practice nursing (RN or LPN)  in the State of Indiana.
•      Possesses well-developed assessment and organizational skills; self-starter; people-oriented; ability to handle large amounts of paperwork; willingness to accept new job responsibilities.

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