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Infection Preventionist Nurse, RN

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
US Citizens and Status Candidates Permanent Full Time Vacancy Identification Number: 1209915
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.
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.
Must pass pre-employment examination. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required. Background and/or Security Investigation required. Must be proficient in written and spoken English. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
The incumbent is assigned to the Quality Management Service, Office of the Director. The Infection Preventionist (IP) functions as a resource person and consultant for infection prevention activities in an effort to ensure that Veterans, staff, and leadership needs are provided in a safe environment and in a timely manner.The IP is responsible and accountable for the provision of information, education, training, and technical support for all employees related to infection prevention. The incumbent collaboratively interacts with a variety of facility programs to include all healthcare settings within the organization to provide expert knowledge and information that will result in comprehensive, patient centered outcomes. Strong interactive and collegial interactions are essential to the IP initiatives. The IP uses sound judgment in decision making, applying leadership and analytical skills, and is self-directed.
The Infection Preventionist (IP) assumes the leadership role in ensuring the facility meets the regulatory requirements for this program to include The Joint Commission (TJC), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), VHA Directives and Handbooks, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Office of the Medical Inspector, Office of the Inspector General, and VHA performance measures. The incumbent implements performance improvement work to support infection prevention practices and provides support and guidance to leadership and front-line staff to address outlier performance. The incumbent ensures that services have systems and processes in place to support infection prevention practices which provide safe, quality, care consistent with external benchmarks. Incumbent integrates surveillance findings into the organization's plan for improvement of practice and patient outcomes and applies epidemiological principles including risk stratification to identify target populations, analyze trends and risk factors, and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies. Incumbent consults and acts as a resource to leadership and staff in infection control standards interpretation, implementation, and re-design of processes and structures to improve care outcomes. The incumbent develops and writes policy.
Work Schedule: Day Shift, Monday thru Friday.
Functional Statement Title/#: Infection Prevention/Consultant Nurse
BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens
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.
Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
Preferred Experience:
A minimum of one (1) year of recent successful professional (RN) nursing experience is required.
Acute clinical nursing experience and familiarity with Infection Control standards relating to JCAHO, OSHA, Federal and other Public Health Agencies preferred.
Recent professional (RN) nursing experience as an Infection Control Practitioner is preferred.
National certification as CIC (Certified in Infection Control) or plan to obtain certification within appropriate timeframe
Bachelor of Science in Nursing OR Associate Degree in Nursing WITH Bachelor degree in a healthcare related field
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.
Grade Determinations: Experience as a 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. The criteria are as follows:
Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization;
Professional Development: performance, education/career development;
Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality;
Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research.
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.
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.
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary and requires the ability to cope with diverse projects and frequent time pressures, as well as managing situations that require diplomacy.Some slight physical effort may be required to carry files, transport audio/visual equipment and carry educational material to certain activities. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on organizational needs.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Applicant's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and step of the applicant selected.
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
To apply for this position , you must complete the View Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 to receive consideration.
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE : It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
All applicants are _ required _ to submit the following supporting document type(s):
OF-306
Resume
Transcript
Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
Cover Letter
DD-214
Other (10-2850)
Other Veterans Document
SF-15
SF-50
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available ) (required)
OF-306: (required)
Please use this _checklist_to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify),documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 1209915.
NOTE : If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.
After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.
We will also review your application to make sure that your r sum supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your r sum does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.
VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently .
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

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