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Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner

Location: 

Lewiston, NY, US

Summary

The Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner is responsible for the overall occupational health program for NYPA. Essential duties include Health and Wellness initiatives, case management for workers’ compensation, maintenance of employee medical files, and development of testing and vaccine programs.


The Nurse Practitioner is located in NYPA’s Niagara Plant in Lewiston, New York, but will be asked to travel periodically to other NYPA facilities.
 

Responsibilities
  • Collaborate with multiple stakeholders including Utility Operations, Business Units, Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS), Human Resources (HR), and third-party Occupational Health consultants.
  • Investigate, monitor, and analyze illness and injury episodes and trends; consult with VP EHS, Manager Safety and Health, Regional Managers, Business Unit Heads, Regional EHS Managers, Superintendents, and Supervisors about trends in their areas
  • Assist with accident investigation to identify root cause analysis of work-related injuries/illness.
  • Coordinate prompt, appropriate evaluation and treatment for all workplace injuries, within the scope of practice.
  • Partner to coordinate training and medical response drills for First Aid Responders across multiple NYPA business sites
  • Work with individual employees to meet immediate healthcare needs, answering questions, suggesting solutions and referrals as needed.
  • Provide EAP referral assistance for employee mental health issues.
  • Provide health-related counseling for employees within the scope of nursing knowledge and practice.
  • Diagnose, treat and prescribe as required
  • Maintain & safeguard confidentiality of employee health information and health records.
  • Participate in EHS, HR and other plant meetings regarding medical, health and wellness, plant healthcare costs, emergency response, accommodations, and other objectives.
  • Collaborate with NYPA’s Risk Management Group’s Workers Compensation program, including providing case management strategies for all employee work-related injuries and/or illnesses for the purpose of reducing illness and absenteeism, and facilitating prompt return to work.
  • Collaborate and assist other departments with identifying, evaluating, and implementing accommodations and return to work option for workers with restricted duty
  • Oversee Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) medical surveillance programs, including pulmonary function testing (Respiratory Protection Program), audiometric testing (Hearing Conservation Program), vision screening, Department of Transportation (DOT) Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) physicals and other testing as appropriate for employees identified by EHS and industrial hygiene monitoring.
  • Guide and direct work-related injuries to outside healthcare providers and services as needed.
  • Collaborate with outside resources such as health care providers, third party administrators, medical directors, regulatory agencies, and legal advisors
  • Partner with NYPA EHS Team to improve strategies, compliance, standardization across multiple NYPA business sites.
  • Collaborate with EHS Team to manage/complete mission critical projects.
  • Assume accountability for professional development to enhance professional growth and maintain competency in the form of ongoing continuing education and certification to support RN Practitioner licensing requirements.
  • Professional responsibility demonstrated by participating in professional organizations such as American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN), and Local AAOHN chapters.
  • Maintain confidentiality of health information in accordance with professional codes, statues, and regulations.
  • Travel to other NYPA facilities in the northern, southern, central regions on a routine basis to assist with each site’s H&S program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Working knowledge of OSHA Medical Surveillance Programs.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a collaborative manner in a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated skills in planning, scheduling, and budget maintenance.
  • Skilled in treatment of minor injuries.
  • Working knowledge in clinical and technical areas.
  • Broad knowledge of occupational health and workers’ compensation issues.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral): give clear direction, negotiation skills, ability to confront difficult and adverse situations. 
  • Proficient computer skills. 
  • Good organizational skills. 
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize complex workload.
Education, Experience and Certifications
  • Master’s Degree of Science in Nursing and Board Certified as Adult or Family Nurse Practitioner.
  • Minimum of two years recent clinical experience as licensed nurse practitioner.
  • Occupation health and workers compensation experience preferred.
  • Current and valid NP license.
  • Utility experience preferred.
  • Audiometric and Spirometry certifications preferred.
  • COHN certification desirable.
Physical Requirements
  • Ability & willingness to travel 20% of the time.
  • Ability and willingness to work long hours in emergency situations.

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