The Registered Nurse - Assistant Chief Sterile Processing Services (SPS) adheres to established policies, standards of care and standards of practice. Demonstrates leadership when providing SPS processing services or developing programs which will improve the delivery of satisfactory patient care. Provides managerial and administrative oversight for a single or multiple processing sites. Relocation and Recruitment Incentives may be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. 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: Five or more years clinical experience in the Operating Room (OR) and/or Sterile Processing Service (SPS) Minimum of 2 years' experience as Nurse Educator, Supervisor, or Quality Nurse in SPS or OR Preferred Certification: ONS approved certification i.e., AORN and or associated sterile processing certificates. 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: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, moderate carrying, 15-44 pounds, straight pulling (2 hours), pushing (1 hour), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (8 hours), standing (6 hours), kneeling (1/4 hours), repeated bending (2 hours), both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, 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, both eyes required, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, hearing (aid permitted), mental and emotional stability, working with infections patient, COVID-19, TB, etc. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or COVID testing, Flu vaccine as a condition of employment. Environmental Factors: Excessive noise, intermittent, radiant energy, electrical energy, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, unusual fatigue factors (working), working with hands in water, working closely with others, working alone, protracted or irregular hours of work, irregular hours of work, and wearing aseptic mask. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Assistant Chief Sterile Processing Services (SPS) is a Registered Nurse with responsibility for all of the following duties (but not limited to): Oversees all decontamination, sterilization and disposition of facility critical and semi-critical AME. Develops and maintains a system of internal reviews that ensure service clinics operate in compliance with regulatory and accrediting organizations. Makes selections, assigns personnel and provides direction to subordinate staff. Manages the training, documenting and evaluating of staff. Works to meet designated clinical, facility, VISN and national performance measures. Demonstrates leadership by identifying and maintaining SPS/infection control standards for the practice of all services. Assess the environment and contributes to the effective utilization of resources, budgetary allocation and fiscal management. Monitors developing and implementing corrective action plans for instrument processing, decontamination, sterilization, biological monitoring and high level disinfection monitoring. Ensures SPS practice is consistent with the external standards of the Joint Commission, AOAN, OSHA, FDA and AAMI and internal standard such as clinical practice guidelines and performance measures for preventive health and chronic disease management. Covers the SPS department in the absence of the SPS Chief. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid 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) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0730-1600 and as patient care dictates. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized for a highly qualified candidate. Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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