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CommonSpirit Health Occupational/Employee Health RN - 32 hrs/wk in Newton, Iowa

Occupational/Employee Health RN - 32 hrs/wk

MercyOne NewtonNewton, Iowa

Requisition ID 2021-193894 Employment Type Part Time Department Occupational Health Hours/Pay Period 64 Shift Day Standard Hours Monday-Friday (8:00am-4:30pm)


MercyOne Newton Medical Center is a fully owned hospital of MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center and a member of MercyOne Network.

It is located in the city of Newton, Iowa, county seat of Jasper County. Positioned on Interstate 80, the nation’s only east/west transcontinental interstate highway, Newton is about 30 miles east of the Des Moines metropolitan area, which has a population in excess of 400,000.

MercyOne Newton has a well-deserved reputation for bucking the trend of diminished health care in rural America by enhancing the quantity and quality of its services during the last two decades. This has been accomplished by expanding, remodeling and providing technological improvements to its physical facilities and by adding new physicians.

MercyOne Newton employees and local doctors are known for their highly productive “Iowa work ethic,” emphasis on compassion and quality patient service, and loyalty to the hospital and the community.

Our campus in Newton has 48 beds and about 200,000 square feet of space. Attached to the hospital is a 50,000-square-foot medical office building containing local physician practices and the hospital’s physical medicine and rehabilitation center.

MercyOne Newton is one of the largest employers in Jasper County, along with the local school system and the county government.


POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for the development and administration of efficient and professional operations of occupational and employee health services in accordance with company policies, practices, procedures, and applicable regulations to achieve the desired goals and objectives. The registered nurse would develop, plan, market, implement and grow an occupational health program while also helping to provide employee health professional care for employees, volunteers, students, agency staff and credentialed physicians. Responsible for managing workers compensation program, return to work clearances, and wellness program. He/She coordinates, consults, and collaborates care with other disciplines on behalf of the employees under the guidance of the MercyOne Employee Health Department.


  • Adheres to standards of care for Occupational Health and Employee Health Nursing and demonstrates competence in the Occupational Health and Employee Health departments clinical practice area

  • Develops, plans, markets, implements and grows the occupational health program

  • Collaborate with outside resources for program development, such as healthcare providers, third-party administrators, legal advisors, medical director, regulatory agencies, etc.

  • Develops contacts and relationships with local businesses

  • Utilize epidemiological methods to define and monitor the health and safety needs of employees

  • Completes timely, accurate and complete documentation as required for departmental records

  • Handles administrative, client, and personnel information through strict confidentiality, protects the reputation and integrity of others and demonstrates a high level of trust

  • Provides oversight & clearance of pre-employment screenings for new employees, volunteers, students, agency staff and credentialed physicians.

  • Manages worker & volunteer population care from onset of injury/illness to safe return-to-work or an optimal alternative. Includes collaboration and frequent communication with Worker’s Compensation program carrier.

  • Collaborates, consults and promotes worker health by focusing on prevention, education, protection, and restoration of the employee.

  • Maintains proficiency in performing all testing and use of equipment.

  • Attends Environment of Care and other like meetings. Presents data relevant to this role at Infection Control meetings. Other meetings as appropriate to the scope of the work.

  • Demonstrates commitment to customer service

  • Evaluate and treat all injuries and illnesses in an efficient and professional manner within the scope of practice and consistent with clinical nursing guidelines

  • Guide and direct all referrals to outside healthcare providers and services

  • Provide or manage the required physical evaluation programs and services to meet regulatory requirement; such as OSHA, Department of Transportation, CDC, etc.

  • Verifies that practices, policies, procedures and programs comply with Federal, State and Local, and Worker’s Compensation laws, rules, regulation and guidelines, including the OHSA log

  • Assess healthcare needs, then implement and manage healthcare programs to improve health and facilitate return to work, maintain OSHA records/reports and worker medical files

  • Administer the company’s Drug-Free Workplace Program

  • Assist with the accident investigation program to identify root cause analysis of all incidents and near misses

  • Provide appropriate case management

  • Manage all cases to facilitate productivity, assuring appropriate care and return to work, including workers’ compensation, short- and long-term disability cases

  • Assist departments with identifying, evaluating and implementing accommodations/return to work options for workers with restricted duty

  • Contribute in the design of controls for injury prevention and health surveillance related to actual and potential hazards in the work environment

  • Identify primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention and health promotion strategies to optimize health of the population.


EDUCATION: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing

EXPERIENCE: Nursing experience in Occupational Health and Hospital based

Employee Health preferred. Knowledge and understanding of OSHA regulations, worker’s compensation law, and infection control preferred.

LICENSURE: Current license as a Registered Nurse from the State of Iowarequired. Holds and maintains current CPR and Mandatory Reporter certification.


  • Ability to bring an occupational health program from vision to reality

  • Interacts collaboratively and professionally with outside agencies and companies on behalf of MercyOne Newton Medical Center.

  • Demonstrates professional attitude and interest in work by exhibiting strong, independent work habits and behavior.

  • Demonstrates ability to establish priorities and organize effectively.

  • Demonstrates highly skilled commitment to customer service.

  • Demonstrates an ongoing ability to independently market the occupational health program to local businesses.

  • Demonstrates ability to stay current in new federal, state and local guidelines and regulations.

  • Understands and is able to apply the nursing process while meeting established Nursing Standards.

  • Must be able to read, write and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Is able to operate computer efficiently.

  • Skilled in meeting the emotional and developmental needs of the adult population.

  • Demonstrates ability to maintain required certifications and licensures.

Equal Opportunity

CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to

a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for

employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender

identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status,

ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected

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CommonSpirit Health™ will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).

External hires must pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with an arrest and/or conviction will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, ban the box laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (415) 438-5575 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

CommonSpirit Health™ participates in E-Verify.

Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.