Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse- Infection Control in Mather AFB, California
Summary The RN will serve as an expert in infection prevention and control. Providing facility-wide quality improvement by performing surveillances and utilizing data to advocate for advancing the standard of care at VA NCHCS. She/he will provide guidance on reducing the transmission of infectious diseases in acute care, long-term care and outpatient care settings. Engages staff in patient care rounds to evaluate integration of IPC practices in all clinical areas. Responsibilities The RN should be capable of working effectively in stressful situations and able to shift priorities based on current system and patient needs. She/he will assist in pandemic preparedness, outbreak investigation and contact tracing. The incumbent will modify infection control policies in accordance with CDC, OSHA, APIC, NIOSH, AORN and EPA regulations. She/he will work to assure compliance with regulatory agencies such as Joint Commission and Office of the Inspector General). She/he will work with a variety of disciplines including Engineering, Sterile Processing, Housekeeping, nursing, medical service and others to assure that the environment of care and reusable medical equipment meet quality standards. Primary duty to perform daily Inpatient / Outpatient Unit Rounding to assure staff adherence to CDC/VHA & OSHA safety Guidelines. Completes weekly surveillance for healthcare associated-infections (HAI) using CDC NHSN Guidelines. Use surveillance data to collaborate to implement health system-wide quality improvement interventions to prevent HAIs. Assist in coordinating Pandemic Preparedness at VA NCHCS including High Consequence Infections (HCI). Completes weekly Public Health Reporting of communicable diseases and conditions under Title 17 CDPH. Serves as a high-functioning member of the Infection Control and Prevention Team and applies collaborative, teamwork approach to daily operations. Collaborates with IC Team Chief, Manager of Infection Control, and IC Team members to apply epidemiologic principles for controlling outbreaks/contact investigations by coordinating with Housekeeping, BDMS, Nursing, Occupational Health, and Public Health to reduce transmission of contagious diseases and treat those who may be exposed. Applies evidence-based practices, published guidelines, recommendations and regulatory body requirements (e.g. National Patient safety Goals, TJC, LTCI, CDC NHSN, APIC, AORN, AAMI, OIG, AWE, etc.) in the evaluation of VA NCHCS practices, procedures and products. Perform oversight areas including Housekeeping, Sterile Processing, Engineering, Nursing and work collaboratively to assure the environment of care and reusable medical equipment meet and exceed quality standards. Serve as a consultant in meetings in which infection prevention expertise is required (ex. Attendance at Project meetings to assure adherence to infection prevention practices during construction) Conduct and implement new safety devices/product trials to reduce blood borne pathogen exposures among staff and reduce risk of HAI's in patients. Work in coordination with other Infection Prevention staff and responsible to the Infection Prevention Supervisor. Work with Leadership of VA NCHCS for quality improvement projects related to reduction of hospital-associated infections Act as team player working with a multi-disciplinary team with good interpersonal skills and facilitation skills. Assists in the development and evaluation of clinical guidelines, policies and procedures relevant to IPC programs. Facilitates an effective Hand Hygiene program Work Schedule: Full time: 0800-1630 Mon-Fri Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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. Education: 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. 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 and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience. Preferred Criteria: Certification in Infection Control (CIC) At least two years of Infection Control Experience At least 3 years of Acute Care Experience At least 5 years of experience as a Registered Nurse BSN and/or Master's degree from an accredited school of nursing recognized by the VA (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Demonstrated ability to lead teams, engage leaders and staff through education and collaboration using evidenced based best practices and creative solutions Education in and experience with statistical methods to collect, store, analyze and display health care data for decision support to improve patient care (quality improvement, staffing knowledge, nurse care delivery methods, fiscal efficiency and process improvement, i.e. LEAN) Experience with Environment of Care and Water Safety; Ability to independently perform complex tasks correctly using critical thinking with application of sound judgment Experience with Patient Safety initiatives including Nurse Sensitive Indicators, National Patient Safety Goals and Performance Improvement within the last 5 years To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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: Use and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of patient care, reading, writing, listening, observing/seeing, heavy lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, squatting, walking, standing, use of fine motor muscles; visual and auditory acuity; emotional intelligence to respond to stressful and/or emergent situations and crises appropriately and calmly; self-care skills to maintain physical, psychological, and emotional health. Examples include: heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other. Education 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. Applicants with foreign education can obtain a credential evaluation through the International Consultants of Delaware (ICD) to determine education equivalency in the US. For more information, please see: http://www.icdeval.com/ Additional Information Testing Designated Position: All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.