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Occupational Health Nurse (Medical Surveillance Program), Health, Safety and Environment, UBC Health Clinic

Job Description
Job Title:    Occupational Health Nurse (Medical Surveillance Program)
Incumbent:      New Position
Department:    Health, Safety and Environment (HSE)
Faculty:    VP Admin & Finance
Family:    Nursing
Level:    B

Application Due Date: February 29, 2008
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Job Summary

Within the context of a client centered care model, UBC's HSE Medical Surveillance Program, UBC Family Practice Health Clinic's (UBC Health Clinic) standards of practice and patient care guidelines, and in accordance with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (RNABC) standards of practice and patient care guidelines, provide routine occupational nursing care, occupational risk assessments, health monitoring, health promotion and education, disease prevention and arranges for and administers recommended vaccinations to the University of British Columbia's (UBC's) staff, faculty and graduate students with a wide variety of occupational hazards and symptoms both by working independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Consults, confers, and collaborates with other health care givers and advisors.  Demonstrates expertise and leadership in nursing practices.  Maintains and advances clinical competence.  Participates on designated committees and approved research or health monitoring and promotion projects within UBC's Occupational Risk Surveillance Program.

Organizational Status

This position reports jointly to the Manager, Health Promotion Programs (Manager, HPP) and to the Director, UBC Health Clinic and works closely with UBC's HSE and UBC Health Clinic's staff.   From time to time, this position will also participate with other campus groups on health monitoring, promotion, research and occupational safety.

Major Responsibilities

  • Plans, develops and maintains UBC's Medical Surveillance Program (Program) activities and assesses needs considering and following pre-established treatment and intervention protocols, relevant legislation, hazards, personnel and other relevant resources.
  • Identifies employee groups potentially at risk, based on exposures specific to the workplace.
  • Identifies and arranges specific tests, for example serology/chest x-ray for employees.
  • Explains findings of specific tests and recommends action/referral.
  • Educates employees in safe work practises as applicable to exposures specific to the workplace.
  • Collaborates with management, other health professionals and employees in the development of programs and protocols related to worker exposure, especially with those in the UBC Health Clinic, including the Infection Control Consultant (ICC).
  • Ensures health monitoring procedures conform to pertinent legislation, for example Occupational Health & Safety, Human Rights.
  • Implements health surveillance programs for employees at risk.
  • Plans and implements nursing interventions to minimise effects of illness, injury or disability.
  • Interprets signs and symptoms in relation to possible workplace exposure.
  • Refers employees to appropriate treatment source, utilising available community facilities for treatment, rehabilitation and supportive care.
  • Follows up on referrals to confirm resolution of problems and/or reinforce recommended treatment.
  • Identifies the causes of and/or trends in biohazards exposures and makes recommendations as necessary.
  • Collects data on prevalence or risk for specific diseases/exposures. Develops and maintains programs based on data analysis and tailored to match the needs of the organisation.
  • Maintains and manages Program patient records, including appointment bookings in a secure electronic medical record keeping system known as Medgate.
  • Sets objectives based on Program goals, for example increasing awareness, increasing knowledge, changing attitudes, changing behaviour, reducing risk, and reducing morbidity/mortality. Analyses data to determine whether the program is achieving its objectives.
  • Communicates and collaborates with key internal and external stakeholders on health & safety issues and related policy development with colleagues, labour and management representatives, and relevant agencies.
  • Provides individualized nursing care, such as administering immunizations with designated authority.  Monitors clients' response to treatment and responds to urgent medical situation if they arise; arranges for and administers recommended vaccinations to employees of the University of British Columbia following pre-established immunization protocols.
  • Develops and maintains complete and accurate health records on individual employees including health history, work history, results of health examinations, medical and lab reports, exposures, ongoing health surveillance, baseline measurements, immunization data, including recommendations and referrals.
  • In all work, acts as the employee's advocate to protect and promote client's right to autonomy, respect, privacy, dignity, and access to information.
  • Prepares statistical and/or narrative reports.
  • Reorganizes priorities in response to constantly fluctuating workload volumes and client treatment requirements in consultation with the Manager, HPP and Director, UBC Health Clinic. Prepares for and responds to disaster situations.
  • Uses appropriate supplies and equipment for client care considering cost, availability and safety requirements.  Problem solves equipment malfunctions with technical staff.  Handles, stores, and disposes of workplace hazardous materials and sharps in accordance with established procedures.
  • Applies a research approach to clinical problem solving through methods such as reviewing relevant literature/resources, and applying research findings within established procedures and/or in collaboration with UBC Family Practice staff and other UBC researchers.  Evaluates results.
  • Participates in approved nursing and interdisciplinary research and special projects in collaboration with Infection Control Consultant and the Manager, HPP, and other health care professionals, through methods such as collecting data, and/or providing verbal updates for review and further analysis by principal researcher, research team and/or project coordinator.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Supervision Received

Clinical duties are performed under the general supervision of the Director, UBC Health Clinic and/or under advice of a medical specialist consultant (ICC). Operational matters are supervised by the Manager, HPP, within established Medical Surveillance Program criteria and UBC Health Clinic's standards of practice and patient care guidelines.  Work is subject to periodic review and consultation by the Manager, HPP, to determine that the quantity of work performed meets established program objectives and by the Director, UBC Health Clinic to determine that the quality of work performed meets clinical guidelines and objectives.  The position will keep the Manager, HPP, informed of ongoing activities and will consult with the Manager, HPP, on major problem areas or deviations from established program objectives.

Supervision Given

This position does not directly supervise full-time staff, but may provide assignments and direction to part-time staff and/or contract workers.  The individual may represent the University with government agencies, including BC Centre for Disease Control and Public Health agencies.  

Consequence of Error

Under supervision of the Manager, HPP, this position is responsible for implementing a medical surveillance program at the University that conforms to established HSE standards, policies and guidelines, focusing on the requirements of the BC Workers' Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.  Under the supervision of the Director, UBC Health Clinic, this position is also responsible for ensuring the adherence to UBC Health Clinic's standards of practice and patient care guidelines. The result of inadequate health promotion and health monitoring measures could result in serious injury or death to faculty, researchers, and staff of the University, or failure to comply with federal and provincial legislation in providing a safe working and learning environment. The failure to comply with federal and provincial legislation could involve the legal accountability of officers and administrators of the University and damage to the due diligence reputation of the University.


Education and Experience

  • Current practicing registration with the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC), Occupational Health Nursing Certificate or an equivalent combination of education and training.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of related nursing and administration experience in a unionized, multiple-trade  employer.
  • Cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate - Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS).
  • Completion of a recognized advanced program in young adult nursing and/or immunization practices.
  • Preference will be given to the candidate with recent experience related to animal biohazards occupational exposure control and monitoring.
  • Preferred membership in good standing in the British Columbia Occupational Health Nurses Professional Practice Group of the RNABC.


  • Broad knowledge of nursing theory and practice within a client centered model of care.
  • Broad knowledge of CRNBC's standards of nursing practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement plans of care in relations to client priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess client responses to care, and to respond appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with conflict situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with, and deal effectively with, clients and their families, coworkers, physicians, other health care staff, and staff of outside agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to advise and teach clients and their families based on their priorities.
  • Demonstrated physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Demonstrated skill in the use of medical equipment and supplies appropriate to the clinical area.
  • Computer literacy and typing skill to operate within a computerized patient care information system.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Demonstrated ability in interviewing and assessment skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach by providing and reinforcing occupational health education and information, both on individual and in a group setting.

Working Conditions

  • A significant portion of work activities will be in a clinical setting.
  • Work will involve visiting work sites such as laboratories housing live animals, both indoors and outdoors at all times of the year and on occasion, at different times of the day or week outside regularly scheduled hours.
  • Use of personal protective equipment such as proper footwear, eye care, gloves, etc. is required.

Please send a cover letter and resume to and contact
(604) 822-2029 for inquiries. Thank you.