RNP-Registered Nurse Practitioner, Occupational Health Services
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Palo Alto, California
Internal Number: 613251600
This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more The Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner is responsible for coordination of and clinical participation in medical screening and surveillance and infection control related OHS Programs, including the data management and reporting. This role also requires active participation in case management of pre-employment physical exams and employees injured on the job, in collaboration with the staff whose primary responsibility is workers' compensation case management. The Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner Supervisor reports clinically and administratively to the Medical Director, Occupational Health Services. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm; to meet patient and program needs Travel: Palo Alto Division with flexibility to travel to other sites to meet employee health and program needs Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact V21 CCOE EDRP , the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Leads and organizes delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including the management of medical and program services within the Occupational Health Service (OHS) at VAPAHCS. Uses advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making, and evaluating outcomes. Provides leadership and collaborates with peers to improve and sustain the quality and effectiveness of services to OH patients (employees, WOC/Fee-basis, volunteers, students, contract employees) in an interdisciplinary setting. Collaborates with the OH Director to ensure initial and on-going professional peer evaluations are completed for OHS Registered Nurse Practitioners (RNPs) on time per guidelines and submitted to the Medical Staff Office. Works collaboratively with the OH Director to identify and promote staff development and enhance staff competencies, and System Redesign initiatives. Mentors staff and professional partners in both leadership and professional development and is assigned minimum of one mentee annually. Supports excellence in research, competency, evidence-based practice and training. Collaborates with the OH Director in writing grants for new programs and assists in the development and management of new programs. Writes orders and furnishes medications according to written standardized procedures and acquires counter-signature on prescriptions from the supervising physician for medications not included in the approved formulary. Perform approved standardized procedures in the for OHNP: performing physical exams, venipuncture/phlebotomy, and urine drug collecting. Appropriately address abnormal findings. Delivers OH outpatient care to employees with other members of the OH care team, manages lab and appropriate follow-up visits and communications with employees as needed. Monitor and document the effectiveness of treatment interventions, achievement of facility quality measures and performance metrics. Ensure OHS best practices are being applied and adhered to appropriately for all OHS patients. Maintain confidentiality of employee medical records at all times under all circumstances. Maintain professional calm and respect for all employees and all potential employees at all times. Ensures compliance with all policies, procedures and protocols. Facilitates an environment of interdisciplinary collaboration and collegiality. Performing pre-employment physical exams Participation in annual and new hire tuberculosis screening programs Annual and new-hire influenza vaccine program Animal research surveillance Employee exposure management Respiratory fit medical clearances Injured employee exams Blood-borne pathogens management Motor vehicles/Driver's exams Smoking cessation programs Ergonomics program oversight Laser safety Boiler and police services annual exams Deployment (DEMPS) exams and other related programs as necessary. Employee laboratory result follow-up and impeccable record-keeping are necessities. Provides appropriate information regarding emergencies, unusual occurrences or issues that impact OH operations to the OH Director. Maintains clinical activity statistics and data management as indicated by Occupational Health Services' needs. Maintains paper medical records including Notices of Privacy Protections, Releases of Information, Clearances for Hire, outside medical charts, Faxed and scanned medical information. Files and enters data of employee visits, results and communications. Maintains and updates health records for employees and without compensation appointees. Coordinates and supervises pre-employment physical exam calendar for new hires.
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.