Occupational Health Nurse

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University of Colorado | CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Environmental Health and Safety

Job Title: Occupational Health Nurse

Position #702858 – Requisition #19084

* Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.cu.edu/cu-careers *

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment.  We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

Who We Are:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is a public education, clinical and research facility serving 4,500 students, and a world-class medical destination at the forefront of life-changing science, medicine, and healthcare. CU Anschutz offers more than 42 highly rated degree programs through 6 schools and colleges, and receives over $500 million in research awards each year. We are the single largest health professions education provider in Colorado, awarding nearly 1,450 degrees annually. Powered by our award-winning faculty, renowned researchers and a reputation for academic excellence, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus drives innovation from the classroom to the laboratory to the delivery of unparalleled patient care. Read CU Anschutz Quick Facts here

Environmental Health and Safety has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Occupational Health Nurse position.

Jobs in this career family are responsible for performing a wide range of professional duties to support the university's teaching, research and/or service missions through the provision of health and wellness services, dealing with general, indirect patient care operations and management of healthcare services.  Functions include hospital administration, healthcare regulatory compliance, patient relations, operational services, admissions, and medical records. Includes professional assignments in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, counseling and behavioral health, public health, dietetics and nutrition, other allied health fields, alternative medicine and therapies, and related disciplines. 

Senior Professionals are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in a wide range of areas including academic, administrative, managerial and student services functions. Work involves creating, integrating, applying and sharing knowledge directly related to a professional field.  Work is performed fully independently. 

Job Summary

This position serves as the Occupational Health Professional and represents the University in this capacity for front-line contact with researchers, animal care providers, and service personnel focusing on promotion and restoration of health, prevention of illness and injury, and protection from occupational hazards. The Occupational Health Professional provides an integrated approach to delivery of comprehensive quality occupational health services conducting consultative and clinical services for a wide variety of research, health care, educational, and support organizations. 

The position provides preventive occupational health and medical surveillance services to a robust and dynamic academic biomedical research program that includes providing services to approximately 3000 researchers and staff. Responsibilities include policy and program development, health hazard assessment, supervision of ancillary staff, injury/illness investigation, promotion of intervention strategies, and assuring compliance with legal, regulatory, and ethical standards. The Occupational Health Nurses advocates for employees fostering equitable and quality health care services and safe and healthy environments in which to work.

The position works closely with and fosters strong working relationships with the research community including the principal investigators, laboratory workers, graduate students, animal care staff, researchers using rDNA, hazardous materials as well as University Police, EHS and Facilities personnel.

Examples of Work Performed:

  • Collaborates with a multi-disciplinary team of professional and specialists to identify adverse health exposures in the work environment; design and implement appropriate intervention strategies to improve worker health and safety, and establish regulatory-based medical surveillance programs.
  • Implement components of the Medical Surveillance program, ensuring effectiveness within the regulatory guidelines of governmental organizations and acceding bodies.
  • Provide support for the various Occupational Health Program components (employee immunizations, medical surveillance, database employee management, and occupational health program policy and procedure development).
  • Develop and maintains an ongoing Q-fever screening program for employees that includes annual medical screening and serology, banking of serum and maintenance of records-related to this bank, education and surveillance. Work closely with researchers and county and state health departments in reporting and fallow up of cases.
  • Perform health screening and assessment of infectious diseases acquired from live animals, animal tissues, excreta and allergens and other health risks associated with laboratory animal care and research activities in collaboration with and advice from Medical Director. Make referrals and work with University Risk Management for follow up and treatment.
  • Partners with Industrial Hygiene, Biosafety and University Risk Management to ensure root cause analysis and proper medical referral and follow up with researchers. Any injuries to researchers working with rDNA must be reported to the Biosafety Office.
  • Collaborates with the Industrial Hygienist to identify associates that are potentially at risk for exposures.
  • Ensures Occupational Health mandated requirements are upheld and are integrated into policies, programs, and training.
  • Stays up to date with new and improved standards for surveillance and treatment.
  • Monitors execution of ancillary staff functions.
  • This description is a summary only and is describing the general level of work being performed, it is not intended to be all-inclusive. The duties of this position may change from time to time and/or based on business need. We reserve the right to add or delete duties and responsibilities at the discretion of the supervisor and/or hiring authority.

    Salary and Benefits:

  • The starting salary for this position begins at $68,000 per year, and is commensurate with skills and experience.
  • This position is not eligible for overtime compensation
  • Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.
  • Here is a link to an overview of the benefits package
  • Here is a link to a Total Compensation Calculator
  • Diversity and Equity:

  • Please click here for information on disability accommodations
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.
  • The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

  • Qualifications


  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing or a directly related field from an accredited institution.
  • A current license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Colorado or ability to obtain a Colorado license within 90 days of hire
  • At least three (3) years of experience as an registered nurse (RN)
  • Substitution: Graduation from an accredited College or University with a Graduate Nursing degree may substitute for two (2) years of experience
  • Conditions ofEmployment:

  • Must be willing and able to pass a pre-hire criminal background check, a pre-hire drug test, and a pre or post-hire physical
  • PreferredQualifications:

  • Recognition as a Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) by the American Board of Occupational Health Nursing
  • Experience in workplace/occupational health issues
  • Experience in providing occupational health services in support of research protocols involving Center for Disease Control and National Institute of Health Animal Use Research guidelines
  • Experience performing pulmonary and hearing function assessments
  • Competencies:

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local requirements that govern occupational health care and employee health records in an academic institution or health care setting
  • Ability to determine when an MD or supervisor need to be alerted to situations, and which circumstances need Medical advice before proceeding with action
  • Ability to perform phlebotomy, vaccinations, plant and read Mantoux TB skin tests
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in working with researchers, healthcare professionals, administrators, employees, environmental health and safety staff, and regulatory agencies
  • Excellent computer skills with such programs as Microsoft Office, including the ability to write policies and procedures in Word, create and maintain spreadsheets with formulas in Excel, create presentations in PowerPoint, and use Outlook daily for email and time management. 
  • Epic experience preferred
  • Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain collegial and cooperative relationships with members of the research and animal care staff, and Occupational Health, EHS divisions and Anschutz Health and Wellness Center staff
  • Ability to represent the department in a highly professional manner
  • Assist management with maintaining Occupational Health Program budget, ensuring costs are within projected parameters for each fiscal year
  • Ability to research lower cost vaccination and lab services and present to supervisor
  • Strong organizational, time management and attention to detail skills

  • Job Category: Health Care
    Primary Location: Aurora
    Schedule: Full-time
    Posting Date: Aug 26, 2020
    Unposting Date: Ongoing




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    Posted: 8/27/2020
    Application Due: 11/25/2020
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