Nurse, RME Coordinator (Non-Clinical) - Washington DC

Washington, D.C
Jun 17, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Full Time


The RME Coordinator and Educator for SPS Nurse demonstrates performance and leadership that is broad enough to impact the processing of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) is in compliance with VHA Directives, infection control standards, and follows manufacturer's instruction for use with all critical and semi-critical RME. The SPS Department requires strict scrutiny of all items identified as critical and semi critical RME.

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This RN Educator/RME Coordinator is responsible for the documented outcomes at the program or service level. Program or service level outcomes must be broad and complex and can be demonstrated at any organizational level within the facility, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN), NPOSP or Veterans Administration Central Office (VACO).

The primary purpose of the position is to demonstrate competence in practice based on conscious, deliberate planning and is self-directed in goal setting for managing complex situations in their assigned area. The RME Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of education and training programs for new employees and annual training and competency for SPS staff. He/she performs the following duties including but not limited to: completion of learning needs assessment for the staff; develops, implements, and evaluates new employee orientation and competency assessment, annual skills and competency review, just-in-time education and training on any new or infrequently used RME. The RME Coordinator participates in unit, departmental, service-level or organizational performance improvement projects and/or committees as assigned with a specific focus on the continuing educational needs of the staff. He/she partners with nursing leaders across the organization to ensure regulatory and professional standards on the use of all RME.

The RME Coordinator will manage RME according to SPS Directives; coordinating with the interprofessional team and other services when a clinical need is identified or new equipment is being considered for trial in the facility. For equipment trails, once the equipment has arrived on-site, the RME Coordinator will supervise the relevant clinicians during the use of the equipment to ensure that this new equipment is being properly tracked on the corresponding equipment inventory listing and assure that the equipment has passed all required safety checks prior to being deployed or used in a patient care scenario. In event that loaner equipment is being used the RME Coordinator is responsible for assuring that the equipment has been tracked on the relevant equipment inventory records, clinicians are properly trained on the use, and that all required safety checks have been completed prior to the equipment being put into use. The RME Coordinator will monitor the elapsed time of the equipment trial and ensure that demo equipment is returned to the vendor within the prescribed timeframes. He/she will collaborate with the Chief and/or Assistant Chief of SPS prior to any release of new RME to assure that cleaning, reprocessing, and sterilizations standard operating procedures have been developed in accordance with manufacturer's instruction for use and that proper training has been completed with the clinicians who will be using the device(s).

The RME Coordinator for SPS will maintain standard operating procedure manuals in relevant patient care areas where RME is used and will update these documents as necessary. The standard operating procedure manuals need to include but are not limited to special requirements needed for the reprocessing of each piece of RME. When assigned to Non-Critical RME. The incumbent Non-Critical RME Coordinator will oversee end user education, will support end-user with development of policies and standard operating procedures. Conducts random quality assurance to inspections to ensure end users follow manufacturers IFU during cleaning of all non-critical RME. The RME coordinator will participate in quality assurances by gathering data for presentation at various forum and perform other SPS related duties as delegated by the Chief of SPS. The non-critical RME Coordinator will serve as subject matter expert on non-critical RME within the Medical Center and shall manage a database of all non-critical RME within the Medical Center. He/she will ensure a SharePoint database is maintained and work in collaboration with Infection Control to identify the appropriate disinfectant for specific noncritical RME. The RME Coordinator for SPS is responsible for maintenance of all competencies in accordance with VHA directive and facility policy.

Functional Statement:
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Work Schedule: 8 hour shifts Monday thru Friday.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination


Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.

Basic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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.
  • 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. OR 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) OR In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of a current, full, active and unrestricted registration will meet the requirement for graduation from an approved school of professional nursing.
  • 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.
Preferred Experience:
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing is highly preferred
  • Minimum of two (2) years of Operating Room and/or SPS is highly preferred.

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 and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.
Reference: VA Regulations, specifically VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G-6 Nurse Qualification Standard. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Physical Requirements: The work requires periods of intense concentration to coordinate and carry out administrative and logistical support activities for RME, a number of which are complex in nature. This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and
manual dexterity. Position also requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling,
and pushing. Transferring carts and objects may be required. Occasionally, the incumbent may be required to assist in moving portable tables, chairs or audio-visual equipment for use by the Service. Items carried typically are light objects and lifting of moderately heavy objects is not normally required. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on service needs.

The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The incumbent may be exposed to contaminated RME and may be require donning of protective clothing in biohazardous situations or operative/invasive procedures. The work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices, meeting and training rooms, and private or commercial vehicles. The work area is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: . 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. For further information, visit: .

Additional information

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.

Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
  • Resume

VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: . Application must have up to date current information. Applications that do not have up to date information will be marked as disqualified.

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain your name, hours worked per week and the dates of employment with a detailed description of the duties performed (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • If you are claiming licensure, you must include the License Type, Expiration date, Licensure Number.
    • If you are using education and or certifications, this information must be clearly stated in the body of your resume. You must include Name, School and type of Degree and Year of Graduation, certifications must include certifying body, certification number and expiration of certification. Credentials beside your name will not be used to meet best qualified qualifications.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
Unofficial transcript (Note: if selected for position, official transcripts will be required)

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • License
  • OF-306
  • VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists
  • Professional Certification
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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