This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more 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: Knowledge of Infection Prevention, epidemiology, healthcare delivery, critical thinking, and working with senior leadership. 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years 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: This position requires light lifting (under 15 pounds); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; and hearing (aid may be permitted). Environmental Factors: Outside and inside; working closely with others; and working alone. ["The Infection Preventionist/Quality Management Consultant (IPQMC) Registered Nurse is assigned to the Quality Management Service, Office of the Director. The IPQMC Nurse will be responsible for providing leadership in the aspects of assessment, measurement, and process improvement with regards to patient/resident care and organizational functions. Duties include but are not limited to:\nProvides guidance and expertise in prevention infection and methods to reduce the spread of disease, both for inpatient and outpatient settings. Develops and coordinate facility-wide accreditation and performance improvement plans focused around infection prevention and therefore should be familiar with LEAN practice. Provides support at the unit level, the service level, and the organizational level. Tracking, analyzing, and trending process activities in patient/resident care and organizational functions, and must have strong computer and data management skills in order to create and present reports. Serves as a representative on medical center and service committees. Assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors and evaluates the quality and safety of the delivery of care for the organization, with a focus on infection prevention. Assumes the leadership role in ensuring the facility meets the regulatory requirements for this program to include, but not limited to, The Joint Commission (TJC), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), VHA Directives and Handbooks, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Office of the Medical Inspector, Office of the Inspector General, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).Implements performance improvement work to support infection control practices and provides support and guidance to leadership and front-line staff to address outlier performance. Ensures that services have systems and processes in place to support infection control practices which provide safe, quality, and care consistent with external benchmarks across the organization. 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. VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Pay: Competitive salary, annual performance bonus, regular salary increases\nPaid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year)\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement)\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm\nTelework: Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nEDRP Authorized: Please contact the VISN 20 EDRP Coordinator, Stacy Hermann at VISN20CompensationTeam@va.gov, for questions/assistance\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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