RN- Assistant Chief Sterile Processing Services (SPS) and Reusable Medical Equipment (RME)
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1992734
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
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VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
- Not Required
- Recruitment and Relocation incentive may be offered
- U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
- Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant: The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
- The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSN Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration constitutes the completion of an approved course of study of professional nursing. Students should submit the certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX to the VA along with a copy of the MSN transcript. (Reference VA Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
- Current, full, active, and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
- English Language Proficiency: In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
- Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
- Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; OR a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) with no additional nursing practice/experience.
- Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no additional nursing practice/experience.
- Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; OR ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience required.
- Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including
volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps,
AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic;
religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical
competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and
experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying
experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.
Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
The Assistant Chief Sterile Processing Services (SPS )/Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) Registered Nurse executes position responsibilities in a manner that demonstrate leadership, experience, and creative approaches to monitoring, analysis, education and consultation on special focus infection control issues, as well as, facilitates and implements Medical Center Infection Control policies in work settings (decontamination, reassemble and sterilization) at the VA Medical Center in Washington DC. The Assistant Chief SPS/RME conducts and performs the administrative and personnel management functions relative to the overall functions and operations of the preparation and decontamination areas of Sterile Processing as well as outlying areas and coordinates the decontamination and sterilization of supplies, instrumentation, and equipment in the Medical Center. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
· Responsible and accountable to the chief of Sterile Processing and Reusable Medical Equipment for the ever-expanding requirements, inventory and strict scrutiny of all items identified as critical reusable medical equipment for the patients throughout the Medical Center, Home Care, Home Base Primary Care and the Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
· Knowledgeable in areas of patient care practices, asepsis, disinfection/sterilization, adult education, and communication.
· Participate in the assessment of decontamination, high level disinfectant/sterilization process, prep and packing of surgical and dental instruments, case cart preparation and pre-cleaning processes utilized throughout the Medical Center.
· Assess the environment, analyzing trends, transmitting data, implementing policies, and communicating best QA practices and initiatives to SPS staff.
· Collaborate with Nurse Managers, Providers, Infection Control, Performance Improvement, and Patient Safety in assessing, monitoring, developing and assisting with implementing corrective action plans for instrument processing, decontamination, sterilization, biological monitoring and high level disinfecting monitoring, inside and outside of SPS.
· Assist with all Sterile Processing inspections with outside surveyors, provide information regarding any potential consignments and/trailing of instruments/equipment, and collaborates with contractors under the direction of the Chief of Sterile Processing and Reusable Medical Equipment to set up consignments and/or instrument trials as well as interacts with vendors to educate them on policies and procedures for loaners.
· Monitor the use and maintenance of equipment, supply and use of stock and supplies, as well as environmental conditions and services.
Work Schedule: The tour of duty will be primarily 7:00am - 3:30pm but could be 3:00pm - 11:30pm or assigned as needed
Functional Statement Title: Chief Sterile Processing Services (SPS)/Reusable Medical Equipment (RME)