Occupational Health Nurse

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Key Accountabilities

At MBHS, an Occupational Health (OH) Nurse works closely with the Occupational Health Doctors and other Occupational Health Nurses and Technicians to provide high quality care to all clients that visit the facility. They are often the first point of contact for all clients, visitors and health care professionals accessing MBHS OH services.

Our Occupational Health Nurse conducts herself/himself in a professional manner and always demonstrates good customer service towards all our clients, visitors, health professionals and MBHS employees.

All MBHS OH Nurses must provide client-centred, compassionate, competent and quality care. They must adhere to the MBHS and General Nursing Council of Zambia’s Code of Conduct and must practise safely and ethically at all times according to the MBHS standards and values.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Ensure administrative duties such as registering clients, entering information on the electronic health record system are done timely and correctly.
  • Assist clients with completing documentation as required for the occupational health examinations.
  • Triage clients by checking vital signs (pulse, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen saturation) and conducting weight and height checks and assisting in conducting musculoskeletal screening tests.
  • Prepare and tidy the doctor’s consultation room before/after clients as required.
  • Must demonstrate competence in effectively using the spirometer, audiometer and vision equipment and ability to understand the parameters of abnormal readings.
  • Inform the Unit leader or OH doctor immediately of any abnormal test results.
  • Ensure all OH screening results are uploaded on the Electronic Health Records System and/or signed, dated and filed in the correct client’s medical folder.
  • Promote high quality screening by following respective procedures as directed by the Unit Leader or OH Doctor.
  • Act as a chaperone for clients when requested.
  • Maintain hygienic and safe work environments in compliance with the department’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and the MBHS Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) policy.
  • Attend clinic and department meetings when scheduled and raise any issues with regards to improvement in OH service or client care.
  • Ensure that OH client files are complete and have necessary documentation present – like consent forms, pre-employment, periodic and exit screening & examination, laboratory results, and any diagnostic testing, any fitness to work certificates and injury on duty reports and follow-up assessments – before being presented to the OH doctor.
  • Ensure that all follow up visits for client assessments are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Conduct daily calibration of spirometers and sign and file appropriately when required and trained to do so.
  • Carry out daily biological calibration of audiometers, when required and trained to do.
  • Carry out daily listening checks of audiometers and the background noise checks in the booths when required and trained accordingly.
  • Carry out otoscopic examinations prior to audiometry testing, once trained to do so.
  • Continually demonstrate adherence to the Infection Control Policy, especially maintaining proper hand washing technique. Use and maintain correct personal protective equipment (PPE) where appropriate.
    Support and/or mentor new members of staff as directed by the Unit Leader/SMO/CMO.

Educational Requirements

  • Must have a current RN qualification (essential) following completion of Diploma in Nursing (essential)
  • Must have a current practising licence from the NMCZ.
  • Training in occupational health nursing with certification would be an asset.
  • Training in Audiometry, Spirometry and Vision testing with appropriate certification will be an asset
    Computer literacy
  • 2 to 3 years experience

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