US Department of Veterans Affairs
Posted Under: Shreveport, Louisiana jobs in Healthcare; Healthcare jobs in zipcode 71150
Posted On: 2019-11-19
The Registered Nurse (Chief, Sterile Processing Service) provides senior leadership to the staff and processes associated with SPS and all ancillary units/departments where Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) are utilized, stored, or processed. The Chief acts as the subject matter expert in the oversight of sterilization, high-level disinfection, reprocessing, storage, transporting, and repair of all critical and semi-critical RME.
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: 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.Duties include but not limited to:
- Provides guidance and oversight to other medical center staff in the cleaning, disinfection, storage, transport, and repair of non-critical RME;
- Ensuring that the medical facility's reprocessing of critical and semi-critical RME is performed with high reliability according to current manufacturer's IFU;
- Verifying that the correct decontamination and sterilization procedures are being followed in all areas where processes are taking place for critical and semi-critical RME.
- Ensuring manufacturer's IFU and all supplemental SOPs related to the handling, reading and recording of all biological indicators are readily available in the work area;
- Ensuring that all sterilization records are reviewed on a daily basis to include: high temperature sterilization (steam), Ethylene Oxide, and hydrogen peroxide;
- Performing an annual risk analysis to identify potential problems or process failures that could occur, and reporting the results to the VISN (Veterans Integrated Service Network) SPS Management Board;
- Participating on a variety of medical facility committees (e.g., Infection Prevention and Control, RME Committee, etc.);
- Coordinating with Logistics Service on the maintenance of operating supplies and back-up instrumentation within SPS. These supplies and back-up instrumentation must be maintained with appropriate par levels and replenished in a timely manner to avoid disruption of patient centered access to care;
- Developing and implementing a continuing education and staff development program to include an initial orientation program for new SPS employees, Level 1 training, and recurring on-the-job training for all SPS employees.
Chief of Sterile Processing Services is accountable to the Associate Director for Patient Care Services
Work Schedule: 8:00 am - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Functional Statement: Registered Nurse (Chief, Sterile Processing Service)
Recruitment/Relocation incentive has been authorized for highly qualified candidates.
This is a non-bargaining unit position.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements on the closing date of this announcement.
VN-0610 Registered Nurse occupational series
Citizenship. This position is open to citizens of the United States. (Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with section A, chapter 3, paragraph 3g, this part.)
Education. In order to qualify at any grade level in the VN-0610 Nurse occupation, an applicant must meet at least one of the requirements below:
- (a) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. [NOTE: See exception in subparagraph (b) below for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.] 1. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site; or 2. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site.
- (b) [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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.
- (c)] In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active, and unrestricted registration (see paragraph 2a(3)) will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing
Registration. A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. The appointing official may waive this registration if the RN is to serve in a country other than the U.S. and the RN has registration in that country (e.g., Philippines). The RN must maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration to continue employment with VA. (b) Impaired Registration. An impaired registration is any registration(s) revoked, suspended, denied, restricted, limited, or issued/placed in a probationary status. A registered nurse who has or ever had any such impairment to their registration as listed above may be appointed only in accordance with the provisions of chapter 3, section B, paragraph 15 of this part.
Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
English Language Proficiency. Registered Nurses appointed to direct patient-care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).Preferred Experience:
- Minimum 1 year leadership;
- Some experience of sterile techniques/practices/processes;
- Some experience in process improvement
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.
References: VA Handbook 5005/99 Part II Appendix G6, NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARDS
Physical Requirements: Regular and recurring periods of walking, standing, sitting, bending, pulling, lifting, reaching, and carrying.