Occupational Health Nurse

Acadia University - Wolfville, NS (30+ days ago)

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Competition #20-12-AU:
Acadia seeks an Occupational Health Nurse - Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness - COVID-19 reporting to the Provost and Vice-President Academic for an 11-month term contract to play a lead role in university's response to COVID-19. The Occupational Health Nurse (OHN) supports a health, safety and wellness service and culture within Acadia University; focusing on the prevention and management of COVID-19. The main objectives are to provide:

Advice to University Senior Administration;
Support and education to faculty and staff;
Support and education to students;
Liaise with local and provincial health officials and authorities; and
Oversee self-monitoring of students, and employees for symptoms

to minimize the potential of a COVID-19 outbreak.

The OHN uses current research and the nursing process to provide ethical, confidential nursing care to faculty, staff and students within legal and professional parameters. Reporting to the Provost, and working independently, as well as in collaboration with others, the OHN advocates for students, faculty and staff to promote health and reduce risk in a safe and healthy work environment.

The OHN is responsible for conducting health screenings; providing health education prevention strategies; providing health promotion programs; conducting health surveillance programs; providing disease follow up and education regarding prevention; and program planning and policy development. The OHN will be a member of the Joint Occupational Health and Safety (JOHS) Committee.

While normally this position will have a fixed schedule of normal business hours, applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule which may at times include evenings, weekends, and holidays, and to be on-call as the situation requires outside normal business hours.

Post-secondary degree in Nursing with two years experience in Occupational Health Nursing preferably in a university or health care setting.
Current registration with CRNNS 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 current provincial, national, and international recommendations of best-practices on prevention and containment of COVID-19.
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 for exposure or illness.
Demonstrated communication and conflict resolution skills.
Ability to develop and provide teaching programs related to health promotion, disease prevention; teaching may be one-on-one and in groups.; teaching may be in-person or virtual using Microsoft Teams.
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.
Strong communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills with a demonstrated ability to work within a collaborative environment are required.
Applicants must be familiar with the use of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Teams.

THE REWARDS: Acadia offers a comprehensive benefit package in in addition to a starting salary to commensurate with qualifications and experience of $71,700 - $86,400 per annum. This position is 75 hours biweekly for the period August 1, 2020 to May 30, 2021. Dates are approximate and subject to change. Position may be extended depending on need as the university's response to COVID-19 develops. To see more information on why Acadia is an employer of choice, please visit our website at https://hr.acadiau.ca.

TO APPLY: To apply for this opportunity, click on the "Apply Now" button and upload your cover letter, resume, and professional references. For further information on Competition #20-12-AU or to request a detailed job description, please contact Jennifer Veinot at jennifer.veinot@acadiau.ca.
Consideration of applications will begin on July 13, 2020.

Please be advised that only those invited for an interview will be contacted. The University reserves the right not to fill this position. A six-month eligibility list may be established from this competition to fill future vacancies for identical positions.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Acadia University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from Aboriginal people, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women, and persons of any minority sexual orientation or gender identity. Consistent with the principles of employment equity, the primary criterion for appointment to a position is qualifications and professional excellence. Candidates who identify as a member of one of the afore-mentioned groups, and who wish to have the application considered as such, are invited to submit the online Employment Equity Voluntary Self-Identification Form as part of their application package.

The university will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant's accessibility needs. If you require accommodation because of a disability or for any other reason during the interview process, please contact jennifer.veinot@acadiau.ca.