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State of Massachusetts Occupational Health Nurse in Holyoke, Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Veterans Home at Holyoke is seeking an experienced and passionate healthcare professional to serve as the Occupational Health Nurse (Registered Nurse III). This position is responsible for developing and implementing employee health and safety programs, as well monitoring medical conditions for those who are out on a leave of absence. Additionally, this position will assist the Staff Development department by presenting various trainings on employee-related topics. */Duties and Responsibilities (these duties are a general summary and not all inclusive):/* * Coordinates the provision of pre-employment screening, testing and assessments for new employees in collaboration with the Human Resources Department to ensure that new employees meet the required standards to perform their assigned job duties. * Triages on-duty, work-related injuries as needed and ensures completion of related documentation within required time frames. * Coordinates the development of Temporary Modified Work Program for employees who have sustained work-related injuries in order to facilitate a safe return to work. * May provide care and/or assessment of on-duty illness by providing first aid, calling the in-house physician, or referring the employee to their own medical provider. * Coordinates the periodic offering of employee health screenings, immunizations and other health education programs such as non-smoking clinics, stress management, weight reduction, etc. * Responsible for exposure investigations, following protocols for employees with communicable disease (i.e. chickenpox, measles, MRSA, bed bugs, shingles, scabies, etc.); maintains spreadsheets of post-exposure incidents (i.e., tuberculosis, influenza, etc.); and responsible for notification of all employees identified as potentially exposed. * Coordinates and implements annual employee influenza vaccination program. * Maintains all employee health records with required health information. * Participates in new employee orientation and employee mandatory training programs in subject areas related to employee health/injury prevention and collects data to ensure employees are following facility policy and procedure related to safety. * Coordinates the development of employee health educational programs based on facility needs. * Regular communication and collaboration with Infection Prevention to ensure screening and surveillance of infection prevention and control related programs, including data management and reporting. * Consults with the nursing administration as necessary to ensure compliance with current clinical practice requirements. */Schedule:/* This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position working from 6:30 am – 3:00 pm, to include occasional flexed night and/or weekend hours. Please note: This is a 24 hour/7 days a week facility. The Veterans' Home in Holyoke may require this individual to be present during nontraditional hours when circumstances dictate the operational need */Required Qualifications:/* * Knowledge of standard nursing policies, emergency procedures and other methods/techniques including safe administration of medications. * Capacity to maintain accurate records and exercise discretion in handling confidential information. */Preferred Qualifications:/* * Prior experience working with employee health issues and conducting training on such issues. * Working knowledge of Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation law, HIPAA, NIOSH, ADA and FMLA. * Broad based knowledge of occupational health and general nursing practices, procedures and protocols. * Strong technical, verbal and written communication skills. * Ability to perform tasks or duties with frequent interruptions while maintaining attention to detail. * Must be able to identify deficits and problems, analyze the situation, and assist to develop and monitor a plan for corrective action in order to make decisions. * Proficient in Microsoft Office to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint. */About the Massachusetts Veterans Home at Holyoke:/* The Veterans Home at Holyoke is a state-funded, fully accredited health care facility that offers veterans quality health care, including full-time residential accommodations, and provides educational and social services for Veterans in the Commonwealth. The Veterans Home is staffed by approximately 350 administrators, clinicians, nurses, certified nursing assistants, skilled trade, dietary staff, housekeeping staff, contractors, consultants and general administrative personnel. The tradition of service to the veterans of Massachusetts is surpassed only by a continued commitment to excellence in care for those who are in need now and in the future. Our mission is to provide “Care with Dignity, Honor, and Respect” to our Veterans. Learn more about our important work: */Total Compensation/:* As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program */Pre-Hire Process:/* A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Veterans' Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Record Law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) one year of full-time or equivalent part-time, experience as a registered nurse in a recognized hospital, clinic or medical facility, and (B) six months of which must have been in a supervisory, administrative or managerial capacity. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LEVELS IN SERIES: Current and valid registration as a professional nurse under the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing.* SPECIAL REQUIRMENTS: * o Must possess a current and valid CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) certification through the American Heart Association o Certification in Occupational Health Nursing (COHN) - if not at time of hire, then within one (1) year Recent graduates from an approved school of nursing must have applied for the first available registered nurse examination. Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license may be required. *COVID Vaccine: As a condition of employment, depending on job assignment and location, employees may be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination and/or other vaccinations, or to have been approved for a vaccination exemption prior to their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Medical Services* *Organization: Holyoke Veterans Home *Title: *Occupational Health Nurse * Location: *Massachusetts-Holyoke-110 Cherry Street Requisition ID: 240005L2