Swedish Shared Services is looking for an Ergonomics and Safe Patient Handling Program Manager (1.0 FTE, Days) to work in the Injury Management Program at Swedish First Hill in Seattle, WA.
The Manager for Ergonomics and Safe Patient Handling provides overall administration and management of the ergonomics and safe patient handling programs. This manager is responsible for planning, implementing, evaluating, and managing a comprehensive program of ergonomic and safety patient handling injury prevention, thereby proving efficient, high quality systems with patient focused care. The manager ensures that caregivers maintain the highest level of personal safety by providing injury prevention and wellness across Swedish Medical Center, with consultation for Swedish Medical Group and Joint Ventures. This position manages ergonomics and safe patient handling programs with the ultimate goal of injury prevention. The Manager will work collaboratively with leadership in Accreditation and Safety, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, Employee Health, Nursing, Purchasing, Clinical Education and Practice, Human Resources, Senior Leaders and all related department leadership in order to facilitate and accomplish optimal performance and outcomes for health and wellness in our caregiver population. This role will develop policies and procedures as well as reviewing and analyzing performance data of the programs and system outcomes and costs.
In this position you will: • Be accountable for the compliance of the ergonomics and Safe Patient Handling (SPH) program according to hospital, local, regional, state, and national standards. • Manage the ergonomics and SPH program including conducting of periodic risk assessments, development and oversight of equipment procurement standards, policy development, training, and annual program evaluation. Act as a resource and consultant to ergonomic therapists and managers with challenging ergonomic questions. • Act as a resource and ergonomic consultant when challenges arise for caregivers returning to work after a work place injury. Oversee ergonomic evaluation of the injured workers when there is a need to evaluate the work station, view the work habits and body mechanics of the injured worker, and make recommendations to prevent re-injury. • Define standards of safe work practice for staff concerning lifts and transfers of all patients, in a variety of situations in a manner that promotes patient safety as well as staff safety; integration of Safe Patient Handling practice into fall prevention as well as skin integrity goals of SMC. Act as a consultant to departments for challenging patient moves, including bariatric patients. • Collaborate with the direct report to address managers, directors, and administrators regarding awareness of workers' compensation trends and the need for engineering, administrative and work practice controls as well as ensuring provision of personal protective equipment, including but not limited to safe patient handling and ergonomic equipment. • Act as a resource to project managers for new and renovation projects to promote caregiver and patient safety. Participate as a member of the team in space planning and equipment purchasing for all SMC new and renovation building projects. Collaborate system wide with project managers and construction leadership to ensure adherence to ergonomic and safety principles. • Conduct and/or analyze data/reports to assess and identify risk, plan and implement solutions for reduction of injury and risk elimination including, but not limited to,repetitive motion injuries, back and shoulder injuries and other ergonomic injuries. • Collaborate with the Environment of Care Program Manager, Injury Management department, and Employee Health to prevent injuries. Attend appropriate committees as assigned for safety/injury prevention. Report via Quality Management System as directed.
Qualifications: Required qualifications for this position include: • Successful completion of an accredited program of physical therapy, occupational therapy, or nursing or equivalent education/experience • Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration or Business Administration equivalent education/experience • Current State of Washington license in therapy or nursing, if applicable to degree • 100 hours of coursework and/or training of ergonomics education • Minimum five (5) years experience in ergonomics performing work site assessments and/or interventions • Current knowledge in ergonomics to provide education,training and practical advice on how to change human-related factors affected by the technological components of the work environment • Current knowledge of the state of the ergonomics field on a local, state and national level • High level of communication skills at verbal and written level to enable an effective interface with management, caregivers, and external vendors • Ability to assist in ongoing hospital policy development regarding ergonomics, injured worker return-to-work programs and Safe Patient Handling at both ministry level and with Providence • Current CPR certification • Ability to travel between Providence/Swedish campuses
Preferred qualifications for this position include: • CPE, CEA, CIE, CAE, or CHFEP certification • Current or recent experience in a supervisory role
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