OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND RESEARCH NURSE

Location
Athens
Posted
May 17, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary: The UGA Office of Research supports a broad variety of research activities. These activities include human and animal subjects; hazardous chemicals, infectious agents and toxins, radiation, and challenging environments. The Office of Research has an established research Occupational Health and Safety Program (rOHSP) that aids the overall effort to identify and mitigate these risks to safeguard the health and well-being of researchers and others. UGA is also expanding its clinical and translational research efforts. To support this new research emphasis UGA has established the Clinical Translational Research Unit (CTRU) and collaborative research programs with the Partnership Medical Campus, Athens area hospitals, the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance, and other groups. The Occupational Health and Research Nurse has responsibilities split evenly between supporting the research OHSP and research activities of the CTRU. For OHSP activities the individual will report directly to the Associate Vice President for Research Compliance. For research activities of the CTRU, the individual will report to the Head Clinical Research Nurse. All direct medical oversight will be provided by a licensed physician, affiliated and contracted with the University of Georgia Office of Research to provide this guidance.

Responsibilities: * Collaborate with the Office of Research Compliance, Environmental Safety Division, and other units in further development of the rOHSP. * Day-to-day implementation and management of the rOHSP, to include considerable one-on-one client interaction in conducting interviews, performing examinations, and delivering other services. * Develop and sustain disease prevention programs specific for the research enterprise, such as animal allergy prevention, vaccination programs, and repetitive motion disorder prevention. * Closely work with Occupational Medicine (OM) provider to coordinate and track OM services, to include collaborating with ORC office manager on billing and receivables. * Maintain accurate OHSP program records and documentation and ensure record-keeping practices are consistent with HIPAA and/or other applicable regulations and guidance. * Interface regularly with the UGA's Professional Education Portal, to track OHSP compliance consistent with the overall IACUC/IRB mandated pre-research requirements. * Manage the rOHSP respiratory protection program, which may include spirometry and fit testing. * Conduct periodic onsite clinics for TB testing, serology, and vaccinations of research personnel. * Treating minor workplace injuries and illnesses for researchers, including follow-ups and referrals. * Developing and collating data for routine metrics reports to leadership and others regarding program status as well as periodic ad hoc reports. * Observing and assessing the work environment for potential dangers and hazards. * Providing training to the UGA researchers and others on topics related to occupational health and safety. * Documenting employee injuries and illnesses within the workplace; collaborate with other ORC and ESD units in investigating accidents and illnesses. * Interface with UGA's Workers' Compensation program as needed. * Conducting research on the effects of hazardous work conditions or workplace exposures, which may include gathering data and reporting findings to the employer. * Counseling employees on physical and mental health issues and guiding them toward community resources and/or employee assistance programs.

Qualifications: Licensed as RN in the State of Georgia. BLS certification required.

About UGA: The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

Full time/Part time: Full Time

EEO Policy Statement: The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

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