Occupational Health Nurse - South Shore Regional Hospital
Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Health Centre
Bridgewater, NS
Req ID: 38847
Location: Western Zone, South Shore Regional Hospital
Company: NSHA
Department: 3000305 PS WZ Health, Safety & Wellness
Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)
Union Status: Management/ Non-Union
Posting Closing Date: 20-Oct-19

Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM on the Closing Date.

Nova Scotia Health Authority is the largest provider of health services in Nova Scotia. We are over 22,000 employees who provide health care and support services in hospitals, health centres and community-based programs throughout Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Health Authority provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers that provide the health care or services you may need. This is accomplished across four geographic management zones which are responsible for the operation of acute care health centres and the provision of a variety of inpatient, outpatient services including academic, tertiary, quaternary care and community-based programs and services including continuing care, primary health care, public health, and mental health and addictions.

The Occupational Health Nurse (OHN) supports a health, safety and wellness service within the zone; including prevention and management of occupational and non occupational injuries/ illnesses. The main objective is to provide support to employees and managers to minimize the effects of work and non work-related illness and injury and to promote a healthy lifestyle with the focus of enhancing existing levels of health, productivity and well-being.
The OHN uses current research and the nursing process to provide ethical, confidential nursing care to workers and worker groups within legal and professional parameters. Working in collaboration with the worker/worker group, employer, union, health professionals, and others, the OHN assists clients to achieve their health goals through informed, decision-making about health issues.
Working independently, as well as in collaboration with others, the OHN advocates for workers and worker groups to promote health and reduce risk and injury in a safe and healthy work environment.
The OHN is responsible for conducting pre-placement health screenings; providing health education and injury prevention strategies; providing health promotion programs such as the annual Influenza immunization campaign; conducting health surveillance programs; providing communicable disease follow up and education regarding prevention; providing blood & body fluid exposure follow up and education regarding prevention; providing expertise for ability case management; providing support to employees who are participating in the attendance support program; monitoring injury/illness trends; and program planning and policy development.

  • Post-secondary degree in Nursing.
  • Two years experience in Occupational Health Nursing preferably in a health care setting
  • Current registration with NSCN or eligible for same
  • Diploma or certificate in Occupational Health Nursing or in Public/Community Health Nursing or working towards completion of same
  • COHN(C) preferred
  • Knowledge of occupational injuries, illnesses and diseases
  • Knowledge of NS Occupational Health & Safety Act & Regulations; WHMIS Regulations; Workers Compensation Act; Safer Needles in Healthcare Workplaces Act (2008) and Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (2015); Personal Health Information Act – NS (2013).
  • Knowledge of infectious/communicable diseases and occupational management of same for exposure or illness in healthcare workers.
  • Demonstrated communication and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to develop and provide teaching programs related to health promotion, disease prevention and injury prevention; teaching may be one-on-one and in groups.
  • Demonstrated case management skills and experience
  • Motivational interviewing skills are an asset
  • Ongoing professional development and/or upgrading is required
  • Knowledge of Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) and various community resources
  • Experience performing delegated medical acts/shared competencies and administering medications/immunizations as required
  • Information systems - ability to work within Microsoft Office suite
  • Competencies in other languages an asset, French preferred
Hours of Work
  • Permanent Full-time Position; 75 hours bi-weekly
Salary Information
$33.3988 - $44.3770

Thank you for your interest in this position. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Typically interviews are held within three to four weeks of the closing date. Successful external applicants will be required to submit the below documents and assume any associated costs, as a condition of employment. Additional documentation such as banking & proof of identity will be included in your offer letter.

Criminal Record Check
Proof of education & training certifications
Proof of any additional required qualification
Valid Registration with the relevant licensing body
Submission of immunization record along with health assessment documentation
Proof of SIN number
Hiring Process will depend on the timeliness of delivering the above. Nova Scotia Health Authority is proud to provide a smoke free and scent free environment.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) is committed to being a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative, at all job levels, of the people we serve. Our priority groups are Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, Persons with Disabilities and Recent Immigrants. Members of these groups are welcome to apply and self-identify if they wish to be considered under our Employment Equity policy. Only online applications are accepted.

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