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Job Code: 5518
Job Level: F1
Revised Date: 07/01/2014
Supervisory Responsibility: No

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General Description of the Job Class

The Employee Health Nurse endeavors to promote health and safety to all employees by facilitating an Employee Health Program which includes disease detection, prevention, and treatment; following up employee illnesses and injuries; conducting employee health screenings; and, promoting a safe work environment.

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

Conducts new on-hire screenings and annual employee health screenings to include health history, immunizations update, and brief physical assessment.

Refers employees with identifiable limitations and/or health risks to appropriate resources.

Offers health promotion incentives and educational materials.

Collaborates with Human Resources to ensure completion of all health screenings.

Conducts surveillance and follow-up of employee exposures to communicable diseases.

Plans, implements and conducts annual Flu Vaccine Program.

Plans and implements other vaccine programs as directed by APIC, OSHA, CDC and other regulatory agencies, to include Tetanus and MMR.

Conducts TB screening for all new employees, all other employees, and volunteers according to the Hospital TB control plan and/or at least annually. Conducts follow-up skin testing for all employee TB exposures.

Trends employee illnesses/injuries to identify safety and health issues.

Plans, implements and conducts annual TB and blood borne pathogen training to employees in required departments.

Provides education on an as needed basis regarding hand washing and isolation practices.

Strives to manage situations in a reduced risk manner. Functions within the RN scope of practice.

Demonstrates awareness of an adherence to legal requirements pertinent to employee health and safety.

Maintains employee health records.

Maintains summaries and written reports required for employee illness/injury reporting.

Participates as an active member of the Infection Control Committee and on hospital-wide committees at the request of executive level management.

Assists with the compilation of data and computer input for the Duke Surgical Surveillance Database and the Duke MRSA database.

Provides concise data and tracking of all exposures.

Conducts new employee orientation in Infection Control/Employee Health as needed.

Provides initial assessment of employee injuries and assures the proper referrals are made with Workers Compensation physician practice.

Performs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires graduation from an accredited BSN or Associate's Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma program. BSN preferred.

All registered nurses without a Bachelor's degree in Nursing (or higher) will be required to enroll in an appropriate BSN program within two years of their start date and to complete the program within five years of their start date.


Two years of nursing experience is required

Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification

Currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina; BSN preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Excellent assessment, communication and organization skills.

Distinguishing Characteristics of this Level

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.