Chief Nurse of Sterile Processing Service (SPS) - Nurse IV
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Hines, Illinois
Internal Number: 670703200
A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. The Department of Veterans Affairs may offer Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to http://vaww.fscdirect.fsc.va.gov/pcs.asp. 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: 5 years of Sterile Processing Service Experience 5 or more years of Nursing Leadership Experience Doctorate in Nursing 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 IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 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 potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. 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. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["VISN 12 is committed to fostering and sustaining an environment which celebrates diversity, provides equitable opportunities for employment and promotion, and supports inclusiveness in our culture. Together, we strive to create and maintain working and learning environments that promote professional growth and teamwork, and are inclusive, equitable and welcoming. We embrace our differences as individuals and unite as a team toward a common goal: to serve our nation's Veterans. The Chief Nurse of (Sterile Processing Service) SPS provides executive leadership and direct supervision to staff at Hines VA Hospital. The surgical service complexity includes Neurosurgery, Orthopedic, Cardio-Thoracic, Ear, Nose & Throat, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Vascular, General Surgery, Gynecological, Oral Surgery, Podiatry, and Renal Transplant. These services utilize complex instrumentation which includes a robust robotic surgical program for multiple surgical services, and a pain management procedural program. The Hines VA Hospital collectively has thirteen (13) Operating Rooms and perform both inpatient and outpatient surgeries. Duties include: Executes leadership that is characterized by substantial and continuous responsibility and accountability for population groups or integrated programs that cross service and/or discipline lines, influence organizational mission and health care. The Nurse IV is responsible for administrative functions of their assigned nursing care/support units/programs. Collaborates with the Chief of Staff, Surgical Service Chief, Anesthesia Service Chief, other Service Chiefs, Nurse Managers, Resident and Attending Physicians, and facilities as needed, to develop preoperative goals and objectives that support the strategic plan. Responsible for management and accountability of all medical equipment directly assigned to SPS on an Equipment Inventory Listing (EIL) for use and distribution throughout the Hospital including all clinics and wards. Designated as the primary point of contact to work with all services from which patient care medical/surgical supply inventory, instruments, and equipment are received, processed, packaged, and distributed. Responsible for the planning, direction and management of all SPS programs for the Edward Hines VA Hospital. Provides in-depth knowledge of SPS management requirements. Oversees management of the central point within the Hospital from which medical/surgical supplies, instruments, case carts, and designated equipment are received, processed, and packaged for distribution to surgical/patient care areas. Provides direct and indirect supervision to employees performing a variety of duties supporting the SPS program at the Hospital. Assesses, plans, and evaluates the processes and daily operations for SPS and patient care programs where critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment is used and reprocessed. Provides oversight and is responsible for areas outside of the SPS proper that utilizes semi-critical RME to ensure that those areas comply with guidelines/regulations for quality patient care. Manages personnel as a first or second-line supervisor within SPS and has primary responsibility for RME processes throughout Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Work Schedule: Full-Time, 8:00-4:30 (or as determined by service line). May include holidays and occasional weekends.\nTelework: Not Authorized\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): May be authorized for a highly qualified candidate.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.