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Principal Occupational Health Nurse - 84175

Organization: EH-Environ, Health, & Safety


Berkeley Lab’s Environment, Health, & Safety Division (EHS, has an opening for a Principal Occupational Health Nurse responsible for performing medical examinations and various tests and procedures as allowed under protocol and the Nurse Practice Act in the Lab’s Health Services ( area.  In this role, you will report to the Health Services Clinical Manager and work under the medical direction of the Site Occupational Medical Director (SOMD) by applying occupational nursing principles directed toward conserving the health of workers and maintaining a safe and healthful environment in the workplace.  This position may act as the lead nurse and provide leadership direction and technical advice to less experienced members of the clinic staff. In addition, you will also act as the technical lead on various Laboratory-wide programs.


Specific Responsibilities:

• Injury and Illness treatment: Perform proper treatment for acute or seri­ous injury (e.g., injections, suture removal, dressing changes, etc.), or illness (e.g., heart attacks, seizures, frac­tures, concussions, etc.), as allowed under protocol and the Nurse Practice Act.

• Utilize professional nursing judgment to determine and arrange proper disposition of employees to a hospital, a physician, home or return to work. Must collaborate with Health Services management and the Medical Director as needed to coordinate care, seek clinical help, and inform of worker injuries.

• Occupational Hazards: Identify real and potential health problems and hazards at the workplace through methods including work-site surveys, toxicological literature research, and analysis of OSHA 200 logs and accident reports.

• Case Management: Collaborate with the medical director, clinic, and HR staff for the assessment, planning, coordination and monitoring of quality and cost effective options and services necessary to optimize the occupationally injured workers’ recovery and successful return to work.

• Protect the confidentiality of personal health information as required by law.

• Assist with or lead the formulation, administration, and documentation of health programs including injury prevention, injury treatment, medical surveillance, health promotion, disease management and case management.

• Prepare and submit project financial data and cost estimates for management decision-making.

• Participate in management and peer review of clinical care and program effectiveness to ensure quality, including documenting quality improvement studies and outcomes.

• Apply knowledge of nursing principles and health program administration to provide advice, leadership, and recommendations toward the formulation and/or improvement of Health Services programs.

• Communicate with a variety of individuals or groups of employees, including managers, to explain and answer questions about occupational health and occupational health programs.

• Attend offsite meetings to receive medical education or represent LBNL in national professional association meetings or meetings of Department of Energy contractors.

• Analyze, document and present data or information related to Health Services programs and services to a variety of individuals.

• Provide accurate written reports to applicable standards and ensures that this information is entered into the Lab database.

• Serve as a spokesperson on specialized projects or programs.

• Represent Berkeley Lab in interactions with DOE, regulators, peers at other facilities, clients, and management.

• Ensure effective liaison of the group with Human Resources staff and EH&S Division specialists in fields such as industrial hygiene, occupational safety, radiation assessment, analytical services, risk management and fire protection, and with external agencies including local public health agencies, UC, and Summit Medical Center.

• Provide essential support services during localized or site wide emergencies, including those that relate directly to the health, safety, and welfare of the Lab, ensure continuity of key operations, and maintain and protect Lab properties.

• Contribute to the completion and submission of the DOE-required Performance Indicators.

• Identify and implement items for continuous improvement in assigned programmatic areas.


Required Qualifications:

• B.S. and 5 to 7 years of experience and a license in the state of California as a Registered Nurse or an A.A. and 7 to 9 years of experience and a license in the state of California as a Registered Nurse.

• Knowledge of applicable federal, State of California and local regulations, including workers’ compensation laws.

• Demonstrated strong leadership, collaborative, and administrative capabilities, substantial nursing expertise, and demonstrated knowledge of professional nursing principles with the ability to provide technical leadership and direction to less experienced clinical staff members.

• Certification or the ability to gain certification in spirometry, audiometry, and CPR.

• Proven excellent verbal and written, interpersonal, and customer service communications skills.

• Must be able to effectively interact with and talk to small and large groups of employees, including managers, to explain and answer questions about occupational health and occupational health programs.

• Must have or be willing and able to develop a working knowledge of complex Laboratory policies and procedures.

• Ability to travel as needed to attend meetings, receive medical education, and/or represent LBNL.

• Must be proficient with standard computer systems and applications in a professional business setting.

• Ability to utilize computer programs and software to analyze, document and present data and information.

• Must be able to lift, carry and transport up to 25 lbs. of educational materials to meetings and displays.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

• M.S. in Nursing and 3 to 5 years of experience and a license in the state of California as a Registered Nurse.

• Familiarity with additional occupational health fields such as Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Safety.

• Urgent Care or Emergency Room experience.

• Certification as an Occupational Health Nurse (COHN or COHN-S).

• Statistical analysis skills.

• Ability to interpret regulations.

• Knowledge of the regulatory process and experience in monitoring regulatory developments.


The posting shall remain open until the position is filled, however for full consideration, please apply by close of business on November 9, 2017.



• This is a full time career appointment.

• Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.

• Salary is commensurate with experience.

• Salary Range: $7,312 - $10,053 monthly.

• This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

• Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


How To Apply

Apply directly online at and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.


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Posted: November 2 2017

 California State Association of Occupational Health Nurses