Kingston’s vision of being a smart, livable 21st century city is fast becoming reality. History and innovation thrive in our dynamic city located along the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, an easy drive from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, in the heart of eastern Ontario. With a stable and diversified economy that includes global corporations, innovative startups and all levels of government, Kingston’s high quality of life offers access to world-class education and research institutions, advanced healthcare facilities, affordable living and vibrant entertainment and tourism activities.
The Occupational Health Nurse will support the ongoing development, implementation, and coordination of the City’s Occupational Health and Wellness Programs. This position will promote the health, safety and wellness of individual employees, the employee population, and the workplace organization. This position will interpret and apply policies and procedures to effectively support corporate objectives.
Identify and help address gaps or risks in services and develop action plans.
Responsible for disability case management, participate on committees and assist with Health & Wellness programming.
Assist, mentor and coach front line leaders regarding a variety of issues including difficult disability management cases, facilitating modified work, accommodation and how to prevent/decrease disability related absences.
Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders such as physicians, physiotherapists, unions and employee assistance program providers and identify trends in occupational and non-occupational employee health needs and issues.
Facilitate specialty care and treatment and fitness to work through employee assistance program for staff requiring mid to long term treatment for psychological disorders.
Recommend and provide preventative strategies, employee health and wellness teaching, and evaluate effectiveness of interventions.
Assist with the implementation of any new legislative requirements.
Facilitate the completion of medical surveillance and pre-placement assessments. Collaborate with the Infection Control practitioner at Rideaucrest Home to prevent/control infections amongst staff and residents.
Collaborate with the Disability Management Administrator regarding employee WSIB, STD and LTD claims.
Respond promptly and communicate information and ideas clearly and concisely to individuals and/or groups.
Deliver occupational health services in an ethical manner, respecting the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information, and consistent with applicable legislation and professional practice standards.
Monitor effectiveness of the occupational health and wellness programs by analyzing STD/LTD experience, benefits utilization, employee participation etc.
Adhere to professional standards, regulations, and corporate policies and procedures.
Maintain professional competence and engage in and be accountable for on-going practice-relevant professional learning.
Participate as a member of a team to work toward the completion of goals.
Registered Nurse degree or diploma;
Preference will be given to applicants with a degree or diploma in Occupational Health Nursing;
Current Certificate of Competence from the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse;
Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certificate;
3 years of related experience as an occupational health professional including experience in; disability case management, accommodation, counselling, attendance management programs and facilitating health and wellness programs;
Experience in a multi-discipline site and unionized environment preferred.
Skills, Abilities, Work Demands
Knowledge of laws and regulations that govern best practice nursing, occupational health, and wellness principles and practices;
Demonstrated knowledge of occupational health and safety standards, practices, legislation, and regulations (i.e. Accommodation, Human Rights);
Demonstrated commitment and passion for nursing excellence and willingness to learn;
Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, courteously and tactfully with many types of people in a variety of situations;
Ability to compose and write return to work plans, correspondence, reports, and proposals;
Ability to work in a team environment, liaise with key stakeholders and to function effectively with minimal supervision;
Strong knowledge base and experience in “best practice” disability management principles, health, wellness and preventative interventions to eliminate/prevent/reduce injury and illness;
Knowledge of disability management software (Parklane) is preferred;
Strong time and project management skills with the ability to multi-task;
Strong judgment and problem-solving skills with the ability to gather, prioritize and interpret information;
Strong analytical and research skills with the ability to formulate solutions to complex issues;
Proficient knowledge of related policies, procedures, legislation and initiatives;
Proficient use in Microsoft Outlook/Word/Excel and PowerPoint is an asset;
A valid Class “G” Ontario Driver’s License;
Required to obtain and maintain satisfactory criminal record check at own expense.
Please apply to Career Opportunities at: www.cityofkingston.ca/Careers
Your resume must clearly demonstrate how you meet the requirements of the position. Please upload to your profile, any educational Degrees, Diplomas and/or Certificates that are relevant and required for the position you are applying to. We thank all of those who apply; however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. The City of Kingston is an equal opportunity employer. Accessibility accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment and selection process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance. Information collected will be handled in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.