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L&I Occupational Nurse Consultant

Our Mission: Keep Washington Safe and Working!
 Our Values: Customer Focus, One L&I, Respect, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Learning and Growth, Reliability
Job Highlights
Are you a highly trained nurse with a research background and a desire to combine your skills to affect public health? If so, then this is the job you've been waiting for!
The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has a unique opportunity for an Occupational Nurse Consultant (ONC). L&I is a national leader in evidence-based health policy, clinical practice guidelines, and research. In line with the Department's goal, the ONC will work to ensure safe and effective healthcare is delivered to Washington's injured and ill workers. Within the Office of the Medical Director, the ONC will be responsible for providing clinical expertise, partnering with the provider community, and lead role in health care research. This is a new position with opportunity for you to make significant contribution at the organizational and state level. 

Some of what you’ll do:
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data related to the quality of clinical care and develop and implement policy to improve standards for health care providers who treat injured workers.
  • Ability to build relationships and work closely with L&I credentialing committee, provider advisory groups or other professional disciplines groups.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively with a team of professionals, in a diverse working environment with exposure to different ranges of audiences.
  • Formulate strategy, policy and procedures for reviewing treatment against risk of harm standards.
  • Participate in planning, development, and implementation of improvement initiatives in the review and oversight of quality of health care services to injured workers.
  • Perform individual health care provider review of quality of care.
  • Provide staff support as appropriate to L&I credentialing committee and L&I medical directors.
  • Liaison with clinical associations, committees, and other key internal and external stakeholders.
  • And so much more!

Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and/or advanced nursing degree or equivalent
5 years of acute care clinical nursing experience in orthopedics, neurology, rehabilitation, critical care, psychiatry; or nursing experience with worker’s compensation insurance.
Masters of Public Health or related field (epidemiology, health services research)
The top candidate would possess the following skills:
  • Maintain confidentiality - ability to maintain confidentiality of information accessed or discussed in performing the work of this position.
  • Team work – able to establish and maintain professional relationship and foster partnerships with providers, staff, peers, stakeholders and members of the public. 
  • Analytical skills – able to break down, sort, and synthesize data, and identify key information; identifies underlying principles or patterns and the relatedness of information from various sources and in various forms; forms accurate conclusions about the meaning of information and actions to be taken in response to those conclusions; appropriately selects and applies to data mathematical and statistical techniques to analyze information and draw conclusions.
  • Writing skills – composes clear, straightforward, and technically correct documents; chooses the most effective and meaningful written form to express information; states information as simply as possible and organizes information logically; proofreads and edits information to improve its clarity, organization, content, etc. according to accepted rules of English language; writes at different reading and education levels by altering words, length of sentences and depth of explanation.
  • Verbal skills – explains complex or technical information using plain talk; actively listens to others, paraphrases, and asks clarifying questions; able to clearly and concisely emphasize key points; captures and holds the attention of audiences.
  • Must be able to work independently with limited direct supervision.

Things You Need To Know 
To help you maintain a proper work-life balance, teleworking is one of the work schedule options for this position. L&I also offers flexible custom work schedules.
State employee who meet the qualifications will become eligible for a generous retirement package at the end of the employee’s career. Click on the “Benefits” tab to learn more.
At L&I, your voice matters. In addition, L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington's 3.3 million workers. Take a look at this brief video and learn more about why L&I is an employer of choice.
Per Governor Inslee’s Directive 22-13.1, state employees must be fully vaccinated effective November 4, 2022. Providing proof of being fully vaccinated is a condition of employment and your vaccine status will be verified by Human Resources prior to your first day of employment. Please contact if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.
For this position, telework is dependent upon business needs and supervisor approval. For positions where in-office work is necessary, the frequency of telework will be discussed with the supervisor of the position at the time of offer. The assigned duty station for this position is Tumwater, Washington.
 Application process  
We will contact the top candidates directly to interview for this position. Because we base the selection on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described in the announcement.
Please include the following documents with your application:
  1. A cover letter describing specific qualifications.
  2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
  3. A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.
Additional documentation requested during the application process  
 Self-authored professional or academic writing sample on a health care related topic
 Examples of acceptable writing samples include:
  • A policy proposal or analysis
  • A problem statement or issue analysis 
  • An article that was published or distributed to an audience
  • A report from a project, plan, or similar undertaking
  • A thesis or academic research paper
Please do not attach or place any information about your vaccination status, including listing the governor’s mandate as a reason for leaving employment, within the application, resume, or cover letter. If you do, we will have to reject your application to safeguard others from receiving your confidential information. You will have to remove the confidential information before you can apply again.
Other information
  • A job offer is contingent upon completion of a background check that includes a criminal record review.
  • For positions requiring travel, you must have a valid unrestricted driver's license and have insurance if driving a privately owned vehicle on state business.
  • This position is represented by the ­Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE).
  • Candidates who are offered a job with L&I must possess work authorization that does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa now or in the future.
  • The Department of Labor & Industries complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal employment eligibility verification form, I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.
  • Please note: L&I may use this announcement to fill multiple permanent and/or non-permanent positions.
Did You Know?
Washington is America's Top State to live, play, and work, according to U.S. News (2021). Join the L&I team and enjoy all the Evergreen State has to offer.
In addition to offering a positive balance between life and work, L&I provides one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation. We also believe your voice matters. We value our employees and their work-life balance by encouraging flexible schedules. L&I is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington's 3 million workers.
 Veterans Preference
Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach to their application a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as Social Security numbers. For further information, contact L&I’s
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer
L&I employees come from all walks of life. We strive to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
We believe in the importance of recognizing the value each of us contribute to the success of the agency mission. Having a diverse workforce is this agency’s greatest resource of strength and knowledge. It is through the combination of talents and abilities that we can pursue finding effective measures to provide the best customer service. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone and we strongly mean everyone.
The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need accommodation in the application process or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call 360-902-5700. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.
You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our award-winning diverse and inclusive organization.
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