Employee Health Nurse
WestCare Health System - Sylva, NC

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Plans, organizes, coordinates, promotes, implements, evaluates and revises employee health and safety programs. Develops and provides employee assistance, training and education regarding employee safety programs. Demonstrates initiative and ability to make independent decisions. Demonstrates and effectively applies knowledge of physical assessment and health maintenance.

The duties described herein are minimum and may be modified to meet the changing needs of the employees and WestCare Health System at any time.
  • Pre-employment screening of known or potential health problems and assessment of the overall fitness for the position
  • Management and follow-up of work-acquired injuries or illnesses
  • Administration of immunizations and vaccinations as appropriate
  • Provide education to ensure that all are adequately trained to work safely in the healthcare environment
  • Evaluate employees returning to work after illness, injury, hospitalization and/or surgery
  • Assist in evaluation of employees post-injury, direct to appropriate care or make sure appropriate first aid was provided
  • Manage BBP exposures to include counseling post-exposure and providing information about the type of exposure, exposure risk, need for treatment, follow up issues
  • Maintain employee health records
  • Manage annual PPD and Flu Vaccine programs
  • Direct and manage random drug screening program
  • Assist in investigation of accidents, including disposition
  • Assist in management of Workman's Compensation claims
  • Comply with all regulatory requirements (OSHA, Bureau of Labor, ADA etc.)
  • Member of Threat Assessment Team, works closely with Employee Assistance Network and will be trained for Critical Incident Stress Management.
  • Develop and Implement Risk Reduction Activities
    • Conduct annual risk assessments in all departments as related to employee health
    • Review job descriptions annually to assure physical requirements are appropriate
    • Review and assist in development of training programs in all departments in regards to employee health and workplace injuries
    • Make departmental rounds, observing and documenting unsafe practices
    • Review and Revision of Policies/Procedures to include current regulatory requirements

Possession of a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from an accredited college or university (a diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing plus additional experience may be considered in lieu of the B.S.) Current unencumbered North Carolina Registered Nurse license Minimum of ten (10) years experience as a nurse. Previous experience in Employee or Occupational Health preferred.

Skills include, but are not limited to :
  • Ability to remain calm, continue to function effectively and develop priorities during stressful situations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively using written and verbal media.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at a time.
  • Possess exceptional organizational skills and work efficiently to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop and operationalize policies and procedures.
  • Careful concentration and accuracy.
  • Independent judgment is needed in analyzing data and problem solving.
  • Computer literate with skills in Microsoft Office and able to navigate other
  • programs as required.
  • Ability to work alone as well as work well with others and be a team player.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Eye-hand coordination, manual dexterity for computer and writing skills and visual acuity, including ability to see colors are required. Ability to hear and distinguish sound. This position requires extended periods of time sitting and walking, bending, stooping, lifting up to 40 pounds, and reaching above head and shoulders. Lengthy amounts of time operating a computer terminal is to be expected. Corrected vision and hearing to normal range is required.

  • Potential exposure to employees/patients who may be physically or verbally abusive.
  • Potential exposure to communicable diseases and hazardous materials.
  • May require the use of personal protective equipment.
  • May be exposed to noises and unpleasant odors.
  • Required to work in an office setting with the potential for numerous interruptions, so must be able to focus on the task at hand.
  • Mental stress is expected from decision making/researching and sudden interruptions in work.
  • Stress will also be associated with interactions with physicians, employees, patients and families and others.
  • Primary work area will be a confined space with other staff.
  • Standard working hours are Monday through Friday, but must be flexible in order to accommodate education and employee meetings for all shifts, to include weekends.