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2630 (C) Nurse Referrals

.1 BACKGROUND

.110 General Information

.111 When an EHS nurse sees an employee whom it is believed will benefit from an examination at an EHS examination center, a nurse referral may be made. The results of the examination are confidential. Such nurse referral does not occur frequently, but when it is used, cooperation of the agency personnel office in permitting the employee to attend the EHS examination without charge to accruals is recommended. In many cases, the result of a nurse referral is an increase in the well-being and productivity of a formerly troubled employee.

.112 Location—EHS nursing stations in Cohoes (see 2610(B)). Referrals are made to the Cohoes medical examination center.

.4 PROCEDURES

.410 Arrangements

.411 The initiative in making a nurse referral is always taken by the EHS nurse as a result of a professional assessment of an employee's condition and need. An agency cannot compel an employee to seek or comply with a nurse referral examination. The employee's participation is voluntary.

.412 When an Albany EHS nurse assessment indicates that a referral for examination is advisable, the nurse will make an appointment at the Cohoes medical examination center and contact the employee's personnel office to advise the agency of the need for leave for the employee. This is done under strict confidentiality. Under no circumstances can the nurse give the personnel office any information concerning the employee's condition.


TM-63; July 2008

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