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Employee Health Nurse (EHN)

Date: June  2014
Reports to (Job Title): Occupational Health Nurse Manager (OHNM)
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Jobs Reporting
Location: Main Campus
Health Services – Occupational Health
Grade: USG 10

Primary Purpose

The Employee Health Nurse (EHN) reports to the Occupational Health Nurse Manager. The primary role of the EHN is to administer and maintain a strong employee health program focused on providing timely and effective first aid, environmental hygiene and health monitoring to employees of the University of Waterloo.  The EHN is also required to function as a best practice resource for stakeholders concerning occupational health issues and will have a strong focus on inter-professional collaboration, education, and support of members of the various multi-disciplinary teams working towards employee health and safety.

The EHN is responsible to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of medical records of all employees (faculty staff and Union) according to legislated requirements.  The EHN role includes collaboration and implementation, of health surveillance programs including infection control education and surveillance, hazardous materials and health monitoring programs with the OHNM.

Key Accountabilities:


Subject Expertise:

  • Able to provide support and guidance to various multi-disciplinary teams focused on Occupational Health and Safety issues.
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation i.e. Human Rights Code of Ontario, OH&S Act, Privacy Legislation, has an understanding of WSIB process etc.  This may include consultation with members of the interdisciplinary team within the limits of confidentiality on specific cases.
  • Understand and support a workplace that provides physical and psychological health and safety for all its employees
  • Able to demonstrate respect, dignity and integrity in interpersonal relationships and to demonstrate positive personal coping and wellness strategies
  • Ability to function effectively in team situations both within and across departments and other organizations to achieve optimal collective results

Employee Education and Infection Prevention and Health Promotion Support –

  • Assists with employee health and laboratory staff questions and facilitates the transfer of research knowledge into practical application on a case-by-case or program-wide basis. 
  • Facilitates regular and ongoing education to enable employees, researchers and laboratory personnel to safely and effectively fulfill their occupational responsibilities.  The education will focus on best practice interventions within the scope of practice.

Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration–

  • In partnership with OHNM, provide departmental leaders advice, opportunities for education and support to employees and administrators on issues pertaining to occupational health including but not limited to: psychological health and safety, risk management, hazardous materials, best practice infection control interventions, all aspects of AED placement on campus and health promotion.
  • It is of critical importance that the EHN has the ability to function effectively in team situations both within and across departments and other organizations to achieve optimal collective results. 
  • It is critical that the EHN has the ability to share information in an effective and collaborative manner; while maintaining confidentiality 
  • Provides support for departments implementing AED procedures
  • Help identify and provide case management to all employees as needed



Clinical Service Provision –

  • Provides direct clinical service in a daily employee health/first aid clinic Monday to Friday as required.
  • The EHN provides health teaching and clinical support for other programs/faculties.
  • Ability and knowledge to implement early and safe return to work procedures
  • Ability to provide ongoing support, assessment to employees during sick leave

Public Health Initiatives –

  • Administers, in partnership with OHNM  and the University Medical Director, ongoing/annual programs including immunizations, screening clinics, and other public health initiatives as appropriate for the employee population.

Clinical Supervision –

  • As required for Nursing Students from local post-secondary educational institutions (i.e. Conestoga College) and kinesiology students from UWaterloo with guidance from the OHNM

Policy Review and Maintaining Medical Directives –

  • Through a structured approach with OHNM, routinely reviews, updates, and obtains approval of relevant policies and medical directives that pertain to the practice of Occupational Health Nursing in the Clinic...

Position Requirements





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