Assumes total clinical management of specific patients in collaboration with a physician. Follows established standards, procedures, and practices and gives specific patient management directions to nursing and other staff. Performs all or a significant combination of duties depending on specialty areas.
Bachelor's degree in Nursing plus completion of an ANA accredited Nurse Practitioner Program. Masters degree in Nursing preferred.
1 year health provider experience; Occupational Health or ambulatory experience preferred.
Registration with the DC or Maryland State Board Examiners of Nurses. Basic Life Support certification. Certification in Occupational Health Nursing preferred.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Good physical assessment skills, triage, and first aid skills. Understanding of workers compensation and OSHA regulations. Good patient education skills. Strong communication skills and intermediate computer skills.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Accurately documents all data into the associate electronic medical record (OHM). Accesses and documents in other appropriate databases. Data entry must be timely, complete, and include all required information based on Occupational Health practice standards.
Collaborates with OH clinical providers and outside medical providers to monitor the progress of case management in terms of established outcomes which includes length of disability, rates of injury and illness, and other specific indicators. Collaborates with TPA to coordinate treatment plan, insure appropriate referrals and authorizations are obtained and optimum care and case management is achieved.
Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
Develops, plans, recommends and helps implement wellness programs to improve the health and work-life balance of associates.
Evaluates and follows MedStar OH protocol for fitness for duty. Makes appropriate referrals to physicians, other health care providers and facilitate mandatory EAP referrals if indicated.
Evaluates associates ability to return to work full-duty or in modified work capacity after extended absence. Assesses work capability given reason for absence and job responsibilities. Develops, implements, and monitors transitional duty program for associates with work related injuries.
Evaluates, assesses, and treats work related injuries with implementations of standards of care according to OHD policies. Formulates appropriate care plan including diagnostics and referral to specialists as indicated. Completes appropriate workers compensation documentation. Enters and updates appropriate databases with case information and works with TPA to manage workers compensation claims.
Implements health compliance programs required for hospital workers as identified by federal, state and policy guidelines. Programs include but are not limited to: mandatory influenza program, N95 fit testing, hearing conservation, TB testing and vaccination requirements.
Liaises with entities/departments to evaluate safety of workplace and collaborate with managers in injury prevention measures and departmental action planning.
Participates and implements the Advanced Practice provider peer review evaluation process. Provides ongoing medical in-services with Manager Clinical Operations to promote and enhance practice in occupational health and managing treatment for work-related injury. Completes continuing clinical education to meet clinical practice and operational requirements.
Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams as appropriate. Participates in meetings, serves on committees and represents the department and hospital/facility in community outreach efforts as appropriate.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Performs pre-placement medical clearances for new candidates including complete job appropriate history and physical examinations with referral to PCP if indicated.
Prepares and administers medications, including vaccinations and tuberculosis testing according to department policy/procedure. Follows appropriate OH protocol for exposure type including appropriate labwork, first aid, and/or prophylaxis administration and inform of necessary exposure follow-up.
Requisitions and interprets diagnostic laboratory and x-ray examinations when indicated. Counsels individual associates regarding exam findings, abnormal lab and x-ray results, appropriate follow-up, any implications for personal health and the impact on job performance.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.