Occ. Code 5526200

HEALTH SERVICES NURSE, GRADE 15

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Specification

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS

Health Services Nurses are professional positions, requiring specialized education, experience, and professional registration, that provide occupational health services to employees and others at nursing stations operated by New York State. This includes providing nursing care and treatment of injuries and illnesses, performing employee health screening activities, counseling employees about their health, and participating in Employee Health Service programs, such as health awareness, employee assistance, and immunization programs. Health Services Nurses are classified primarily in the Department of Civil Service.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

HEALTH SERVICES NURSE: provides professional nursing services in the area of occupational health; may independently manage an agency Employee Health Services Station or work, under general direction, in the main office Employee Health Services Division of the Department of Civil Service; appointment requires license and registration as a Registered Nurse and one year of specialized nursing experience.

RELATED CLASSES

There are a number of Nurse classes that require professional training and licensure and registration as a Nurse.

Supervising Health Services Nurses supervise the operation of the medical examination center, nursing stations, and/or off-site nursing programs, assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of employee health programs, and assist the Director Health Services Nursing in operating and coordinating the nursing activities of the Employee Health Services.

Nurses perform and supervise professional nursing activities in a hospital ward, clinic, or infirmary, including diagnosing and treating human responses to actual or potential health problems, providing supportive or restorative care, teaching and counseling patients and their caregivers, and preparing and implementing nursing care plans.

Nurse Practitioners provide primary health care, which consists of a broad range of personal health care services, in a wide variety of health care settings. In addition to being a Registered Nurse, they must be graduates of an approved Nurse Practitioner program.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

HEALTH SERVICES NURSE: Provides skilled nursing care for occupational and non-occupational injuries and illnesses, including obtaining health information from patients, assessing health care problems, administering care and treatment including emergency care, advising employees to obtain outside care and treatment and referring them to care providers and support organizations, taking and recording signs and symptoms, completing forms and records for all patients seen, and providing follow-up care for occupational injuries and illnesses; reports all serious or unusual occupational injuries and illnesses to the physician in charge and/or the Director Health Services Nursing; counsels employees about health problems and health care prevention and improvement strategies; performs portions of physical examinations, such as taking blood pressure and pulse, measuring height and weight, taking blood tests, operating medical testing equipment, obtaining samples for testing, and conducting vision and hearing tests; plans, schedules, conducts, and evaluates health education programs; conducts health programs, such as blood pressure clinics, tuberculosis testing, and vaccination clinics; reviews employees for return to work after long-term absences due to illness or injuries and recommends special arrangements to facilitate returning to work; administers Employee Health Service Stations by organizing and maintaining the Station, promoting the health, wellness, and fitness of employees, maintaining health records, ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, and preparing reports; and establishes and maintains cooperative working relationships with agency managers, community health organizations, physicians, and other health care providers.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

HEALTH SERVICES NURSE

Open Competitive: license and current registration as a Registered Nurse, one year of experience in occupational, community, or public health or in a comprehensive hospital emergency department, intensive care unit, or coronary care unit, and current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

 

Date: 10/99