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NREL Occupational Health Nurse in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Occupational Health Nurse



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

Under the Colorado Registered Nurse licensure and scope of practice, the Registered Nurse is to perform and administer Occupational Health Services (OHS) clinical programs, including participation in the clinic’s day to day operations. The nurse will apply the nursing process to support medical evaluation, medical treatment, and medical surveillance. The nurse is to follow written procedures for effective and compliant clinic operations. Additionally, the nurse is to maintain necessary partnerships among NREL site workers, managers, and other internal customers to establish and maintain a safe, healthful, and compliant workplace.

Implement NREL’s OHS and clinic operations in conjunction with the Environment, Safety, Health and Quality (ESH&Q) Office Management, per professional competency standards, and under technical direction of the Site Occupational Medicine Director (SOMD) and day to day guidance of the Senior Occupational Health Nurse.

Maintain a working knowledge of governing regulations, applicable standards, and best practices guidelines, including, but not limited to the Department of Energy (DOE) 10 CFR Part 851, Appendix A, Part 8 – Occupational Medicine, DOE directives, and DOE EFCOG Medical Group best practices recommendations; OSHA occupational medicine surveillance regulations, Department of Transportation (DoT) medical clearance assessment requirements, State of Colorado rules pertaining to occupational health and workers’ compensation, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and NIOSH guidelines. Identify, interpret, and communicate applicable regulations and standards subject matter to the SOMD and the EHS Office management for incorporation into NREL procedures and practices.

Recommend and assist to prepare and update written policies, procedures, and protocols in collaboration with the SOMD, Sr. Occ. Health Nurse, ESH&Q Office Management, and site document control to ensure definitive practices for OHS in conformance with applicable regulations and standards, including but not limited to DOE 851 rules, and ISO/OHSAS standards.

Provide appropriate implementation of occupational medical assessment and evaluation, treatment of occupational injuries and illnesses, and medical examination programs. Participate in evaluation of such programs.

Schedule and assist to coordinate appointments, visits, meetings, and communications.

Conduct clinical procedural testing according to established procedures and protocols to ensure smooth, efficient, and accurate performance for the scheduling and conduct of physical exams and assessments.

Foster coordinated and positive relationships with external providers, clinics, and other health care provider resources.

Conduct initial and periodic reviews of medical and work history, laboratory findings, clinical findings, and physical assessments to facilitate fitness for duty evaluations, and to assist in preventative measures and maintenance of worker health and safety. Provide individualized, short-term counseling for workers regarding their health status. Provide health and safety information and recommendations to NREL special groups or task forces, as appropriate.

In collaboration with the Sr. Occupational Health Nurse and the SOMD, determine appropriate treatment plans for worker health problems for both occupational and non-occupational visits. Determine if occupational health case management is needed to accomplish a reduction of injury severity, symptomatic relief, and to lessen lost time and workers’ compensation costs. Follow medical standing orders processes as needed for appropriate assessment, intervention, and evaluation of outcomes of provided worker health care, including also the appropriate dispensation and delivery of medications, both over the counter and by prescription.

Coordinate Workers’ Compensation claim opening, reporting, referrals, and reviews. Review Workers’ Compensation providers’ treatment plans to ensure quality and appropriate care in the best interests of returning the worker to work and maximum medical improvement. Participate in monthly and quarterly meetings to review injury and illness rates and in annual review of NREL’s liability insurance performance and rate setting meetings. Participate in or lead efforts to reduce injury and illness rates and/or increase safety practices within NREL. Refer employees to off-site external occupational health providers, if necessary.

Conduct physician directed diagnostic and screening procedures to include blood draws, urine specimen collections, spirometry, electrocardiograms, vision screening, audiometric testing, olfaction screening, blood pressure monitoring, heart rate, body temperature, and height and weight measurements. Facilitate a review of results and/or data collection and analyses by the SOMD for the physical examinations programs. Collaborate with the SOMD to determine the components and quality assurance measures of such programs. Obtain the consent of workers for participation in services provided by the clinical staff.

Provide health education and information as applicable. Participate in continuing employed in health communications and to maintain standards for required certifications.

Assist with the coordination of an employee annual influenza vaccination program. Assist with employee wellness programs, for work-related injuries, preventative vaccination or for overseas NREL business travelers’ vaccinations and medication needs. Participate in quality assurance protocols for the assurance of the integrity and efficacy of vaccine storage and administration

Maintain OHS recordkeeping systems, including electronic and paper medical and/or occupational documents. Maintain timely records of workers’ activities in relation to the clinic. Maintain requirements for confidentiality and protection of personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) as specified by applicable DOE and other regulations, standards, and policies.

Track and communicate to Sr. Occupational Health Nurse and SOMD best practices and upcoming issues for consideration by NREL management for policies, procedures, and practices.

Prepare quality and on-time deliverables and reports.

Assist the Sr. Occupational Health Nurse and the SOMD with providing educational and learning opportunities for both medical residents and nursing students in conjunction with ESH&Q Management.

Performs other duties as assigned or required to establish and maintain and effective, collaborative, and compliant OHS program.


Basic Qualifications

Relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Or, relevant JD or equivalent relevant education/experience. Complete understanding and wide application of technical principles, theories and concepts in the field. General knowledge of other related disciplines. Considerable knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Strong leadership, project management and problem solving skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.


Additional Qualifications

Unencumbered, active, Colorado Registered Nurse license; current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certificate; Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation certification (or be willing to obtain within 60 days of employment); NIOSH approved Pulmonary Function Testing (or be willing to obtain within 60 days of employment); American Board for Occupational Health Nurses certification (or be willing to obtain when 3,000 hours in occupational health in the past five years has been achieved, or completion of a certificate program in occupational health nursing for academic credit, or completion of a graduate level of education with a concentration in occupational health has been achieved.) Maintain competency requirements for each professional certification or licensure.

Applies nursing process principles, theories, and concepts. Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts. Assists with the development of concepts, techniques, and standards. Assists with implementing new applications based on professional principles and theories. Viewed externally as a competent professional in the field.

Has advanced knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Exercises leadership, project management, and problem-solving skills. Ability to use various computer software programs and applications.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience in a clinical setting, preferably an occupational health setting or community health practice, to maintain regulatory compliance, manage resources, and incorporate efficient and best practices.

Skilled at independent nursing decision making, problem solving, and ability to communicate with a diversity of worker types. Must be able to apply the nursing process in decision making.

Skilled at recognizing different developmental life stages and applying appropriate interventions. Skilled at working with different genders, ethnicities, and with workers for whom English is not a primary language.

Skilled at understanding the different types of licensure and scope of practice for different healthcare provider types and integrating a team approach for the delivery of a functional and beneficial worker health system.

Preferred Qualifications


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