Occupational Health & Safety Nurse Specialist (RN)

Management/Specialist Halifax, Nova Scotia Toronto, Ontario Regular, Full-Time ReqID: 29591


Position at VON Canada

Requisition Details:

Employment Status: Regular, Full Time (1.0 FTE)
Program Name: Occupational Health and Safety 
Number of Hours Bi-Weekly: 75
Work Schedule: Days
On Call: No
Location(s): This position can be based out of any VON office location in Nova Scotia or Ontario

Job Summary:

The Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Nurse Specialist is a subject matter expert on managing Non-Occupational (not work-related) and Occupational (work-related) illness/injury for employees at all levels of the organization. This role focuses primarily on prevention and employee health.  The OHS Nurse Specialist provides expert level dedicated support to operations and corporate services staff and management for employee illnesses, injuries, disabilities, and absenteeism.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Subject matter expert who acts as a clinical resource to the OHS Specialists.
  • Manages special claims or files of employees with complex or challenging medical issues.
  • Leads the Wellness Program.
  • Manages Long Term Disability (LTD) files.
  • Active participant on the Nova Scotia Safety Improvement Project (NSSIP) initiative and the Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy (ONSEP) initiative and integration.
  • Ensures Stay at Work (SAW) and Return to Work (RTW) planning and documentation and applies policies and procedures to ensure efficient, productive, and cost-effective results for both Occupational/Non-Occupational illnesses/injuries and disabilities.
  • Supports and educates/trains managers in navigating the WCB/WSIB, medical leave, SAW/RTW, accommodation, LTD, and Attendance Review Programs (ARP) programs and processes.
  • Guides employees in their efforts to SAW and RTW goals.
  • Contributes to client/patient safety by supporting employees with SAW/RTW processes that provide safe care at the client level.
  • Manages LTD claims files, liaising between employees, insurance carrier, and the manager to facilitate RTW activities, permanent accommodations.
  • Manages the development of temporary/permanent accommodation requests by corresponding directly with external health care professionals to obtain necessary medical information.
  • Provides recommendations to managers regarding accommodation approval/denial outcome and communicates decisions to the employee and union.
  • Provides support to Labor Relations in the handling of files where performance issues and medical issues overlap.
  • Employs appropriate resources to ensure effective file management including Human Recourses (Labor Relations, Pension & Benefits), payroll, WCB/WSIB, LTD insurance carries, and external service providers as required.
  • Leads the Attendance Review Program for unionized and non-unionized staff to include analysis of payroll data for triggers, sending introduction letters, and attending Step meetings with managers as necessary to ensure consistent application of the program. 
  • Prepares for and leads or participates in WSIB/ WCB/ Workers’ Compensation Appeal Tribunal (WCAT) appeals.
  • Attends and facilitates WCB/WSIB meetings as appropriate.
  • Provides regular metrics and key performance indicators to the Director of Safety Health & Wellness, Local Management Teams, and provincial Occupational Health and Safety Committees.
  • Identifies and pursues areas of WCB & WSIB cost relief and injury reduction.
  • Provides guidance on compliance with the Provincial WCB/WSIB legislation, Occupational Health, and Safety legislation, Human Rights Legislation, and VON policies and Procedures.
  • Maintains expertise in applicable health and safety-related legislation, requirements, and industry practice and their impact on VON operations.
  • Contributes to the principles of customer-focused services and continuous quality improvement and proactively identifies areas for process improvement. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Common Responsibilities

  • Promotes the goals and values of VON and their role as an integrated community care provider
  • Promotes a safe and healthy workplace ensuring workplace conduct and activities are in accordance with the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
  • Abides by all VON policies and work practices
  • Abides by all confidentiality and protection of personal information policies, regulations, and practices and ensures appropriate safeguards are in place within their role
  • Works in collaboration with other staff in a team approach to service delivery

External and Internal Relationships:

  • Extensive interaction with WSIB/WCB including being the primary liaison to WCB/WSIB/LTD agencies to facilitate SAW/RTW activities.
  • Represents the organization and gives direction to outside stakeholders as required on Occupational/Non-Occupational Injuries/illnesses (health care providers, insurance agencies, WCB/WSIB).
  • Maintains professional relationships with employees, managers, and senior managers, corporate service department representatives, and provincial and local union representatives.
  • Supports site Occupational Health & Safety Committees upon request.
  • Represents Occupational Health & Safety on the Practice Quality Committee

Education, Designations and Experience:

  • Must be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the province of practice.
  • Must be a member in good standing with the Provincial College of Nurses.
  • Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN-C) designation.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in health & safety (occupational and non-occupational claims management) and 3 years of experience with attendance and absenteeism management activities.
  • Demonstrated experience in RTW/SAW initiatives and accommodation processes.
  • Extensive knowledge of Provincial Worker’s Compensation legislation, Occupational Health and Safety Legislation, and workplace hazard and control measures.
  • Knowledge of Human Rights legislation.
  • Experience working within a unionized environment.
  • Experience working in health care preferred

Skill Requirements:

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-union environment meeting multiple demands and changing priorities.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working in an environment with high confidentiality and discretion.
  • Strong problem solving, analytical, time management, and decision making skills.
  • Ability to form strong relationships with people from varying disciplines and levels both within and outside the organization.
  • Ability to work creatively and productively with minimal supervision.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Demonstrates strong attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in Window OS, MS Office Suites programs
  • SAP and Procura experience an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to on-going learning and professional development.


  • Must have personal vehicle and possess both a current driver’s license and proof of vehicle insurance.
  • A current and original copy of a satisfactory Criminal Records Check is required.
  • A Vulnerable Sector Search and/or Child Abuse Registry Check is required.
  • Willingness to travel regularly during the day.

Work Conditions and Physical Capabilities: Fast-paced environment; Attention to Detail; Lift and carry using appropriate lifting techniques; Bend, push, pull, grip, reach, kneel, crouch using good body mechanics; Walk, sit, stand, climb stairs; Fine hand movements

VON Canada is committed to meeting the needs of persons with disabilities and providing accessibility accommodations for candidates who require them. If you are in need of accessibility support, please visit our website at http://www.von.ca/en/accessibility for further information and contact details.