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Lead, Occupational Health Nurse

The Lead, Occupational Health Nurse, reports to the Manager, Safety & Prevention and practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) as well as within a client centered model, and is responsible for functioning as a lead from an clinical occupational health nurse perspective and providing critical input into the development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of employee health programs.


What you’ll do:

  • Lead the recommendation, development, delivery, and evaluation of employee health programs. Develop and implement of the annual Influenza campaign. Create procedures to treat blood and body fluid staff exposures, for leadership approval and their implementation at program sites. Review provincial immunization policies and develop any revisions for approval by PHSA leadership. Identify health surveillance needs and establish appropriate monitoring processes.
  • Oversee the day-to-day operational activities. Coordinate the activities of staff and resources to ensure effective utilization, adherence to standards of quality, and effective and timely services delivery. Participate in budget planning and resource allocation; makes recommendations to department leadership regarding occupational health nurse staffing levels to deliver strategic goals for the health authority and department. Provide work direction to casual Occupational Health Nurses with respect to pandemic responses, contact tracing guidance, immunization clinics and clinical updates. Provide training and orientation to team members. Act as the point of escalation for clients and provide support and guidance in unclear situations. Provide feedback and work with the Manager when issues arise related to staff performance and client complaints.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to staff, clinical supervision, coach and mentor staff, and enable developmental opportunities. Investigate work and staff issues; clarifying roles, outlining expectations, and evaluating individual and team clinical skills and performance in collaboration with appropriate internal stakeholders and Manager. Participate with and provide feedback to, the Manger in staffing decisions related to recruitment, retention, discipline, and termination. Support the recruitment of casual occupational health nurses by drafting interview questions, participating in the panel interview process and making hiring recommendations or decisions.
  • Develop and maintain strategic alliances and productive business relationships with all levels of leadership to encourage occupational health in strategic and operational planning and decision- making, and effectively promote best practices. Liaise with Public Health as required to prevent disease exposure or manage disease outbreaks. Liaise with infection control and medical health officers to ensure program delivery based on best practice.
  • Work with PHSA programs to identify specific occupational health needs and facilitate the development and implementation of strategies to promote safety and prevention. Consult and advise managers, supervisors, and staff on potential health risks involving exposure to chemical, biological, physical and psychosocial hazards and application of relevant procedures and standards of practice in compliance with governing regulations and guidelines.
  • Provide content expertise, standards and practice direction for all aspects of Safety and Prevention including Infection Control programs related to immunizations, exposures and outbreak management, as well as for occupational health nurses. Utilize expert knowledge and organizational policies and practices to provide consultative advice to clients both internal and external to PHSA on day-to-day operational decisions with potential occupational health implications.
  • Participate in major initiatives such as accreditation and policy development as well as various committees related to safety and prevention, such as joint occupational safety and health committees. Participate in regional and provincial committees related to infection control and disease prevention.
  • Assess the health of employees and work groups. Review the immunity status of staff; identify and arrange specific tests; and provide appropriate immunizations. Develop, implement, and maintain confidential employee health records using established electronic databases. Educate staff in safe work practices as applicable to communicable disease prevention, health awareness, and behaviour/attitudes/perceptions to reduce morbidity/mortality.
  • Contribute to business process improvement activities by working closely with staff and functional experts, reviewing processes, tools, services, policies and systems, and making recommendations for improvements. Participate in the implementation of improvements and lead implementation efforts related to improvements in occupational health, safety and prevention including employee health programs and influenza campaigns.
  • Maintain expertise in occupational health, knowledge of standards of nursing practice and develop professional competence through in-services and other education means as required. Apply a research approach to clinical problem solving; review relevant literature/sources and apply finding within established procedures or in collaboration with others.

What you bring:

  • A level of education, training, and experience equivalent to a Master’s degree of nursing, practicing registration with the British Columbia College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP) and supplemented by a minimum of five (5) years of recent related experience. Occupational health nursing education/certification is an asset.
  • Recent BCCDC Immunization Certification- Immunization Competency Course for Registered Nurses and RPNs. BCCDC Immunization Communication Module. BCCDC Vaccine Storage and Handling.
  • Valid First Aid/CPR certification is required.
  • Ability to complete the BCCDC Tuberculosis Essentials Course in addition to BCCDC Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST) Course. Ability to complete the BCIC and PEWG- Foundations of Influenza - Diseases & Vaccines Course.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of employee health principles and practices and the ability to work in a dynamic environment of changing priorities.
  • Proven ability to provide leadership, guidance and direction to others. Leads change and manages conflict. Ability to work independently and be guided by standards of practice, WCB regulations and PHSA standards.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including verbal written and presentation skills.
  • Ability to prepare written reports and letters, and proposals. Ability to provide client focused services.
  • Ability to anticipate and respond to changing priorities or unforeseen opportunities. Ability to organize and prioritize work and balance multiple activities concurrently.
  • Proven ability to operate related equipment including relevant computer software applications.


What’s in it for you:  


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.


Job type: Temporary Full-Time (6 months)

Location: 1333 W. Broadway Vancouver, BC
Closing date: 
Open until position is filled

Reference numbers: 108480E



About Us 


The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). PHSA provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate – Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


PHSA is committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.