A recruitment/relocation incentive is authorized for this position. 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: BSN 3 years experience of Infection Control Experience Certification with 3 years of hire Certification of Infection Control 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. 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: Walking, bending, stooping, and some lifting in the direct care of patients. There may also be extended periods of sitting. ["Duties include but are not limited to : Demonstrates knowledge and ability to identify, collect, compile, analyze and report to a multi-disciplinary team surveillance data as indicated by ongoing evaluation of risks, active and passive surveillance activity, VA mandates, and national/local public health alerts in areas assigned. In consultation with the interdisciplinary team, and under the guidance of the Medical Center Epidemiologist, identifies a plan for addressing and facilitation of improvement strategies to optimize patient outcomes. Identifies and analyzes public health issues and their potential impact on patient care and employee health (in collaboration with the Employee Occupational Health Department) in the Medical Center. Identifies appropriate strategies for prevention and/or control of probable/potential disease transmission with the interdisciplinary team. Identifies a database-driven process for collecting, inputting, analyzing, interpreting, and reporting data from various sources, data banks, and local programs to assure compliance with standards and performance improvement. Updates and maintains essential documentation include annual Infection Control Program, risk assessments, Program evaluation, and Infection Control Plans and Goals, in consultation with multi-disciplinary stakeholders Prepares and interprets clear, relevant, and easily understood reports required by local shareholders, VISN, National VA and Regulatory Agencies. Collaborates with interdisciplinary leadership to identify, evaluate, plan and implement action plans for improvement to assure compliance with Infection Control Standards. Consults to interdisciplinary leadership to identify, plan, and provide education to Medical Center employees across service lines. This will include both orientation at the time of hire and ongoing infection prevention control in services as requested or as need is identified. Actively supports the Bed Management service to ensure appropriate placement of patients to prevent the possible transmission of infection. Reviews past and current laboratory results to establish the need for institution or removal of isolation precautions in the CPRS system. Performs daily rounds in acute care units to ensure compliance with appropriate placement of patients who require Transmisison-Based Precautions in addition to Standard Precautions. Researches and develops/updates infection prevention and control related MCPs and SOPs for the Medical Center and its catchment areas (i.e., Community Living Center, Ambulatory Care settings, etc.) Demonstrates ability to complete in a timely fashion Action Items as assigned by the VISN. Chairs, co-chairs and/or represents the Infection Control Team on interdisciplinary committees and to Medical Center Leadership as assigned. Identifies and implements the standard operating procedures for response to infection control related events/demonstrates ability to function in the consultant role, under the direction of the Medical Center Epidemiologist, in Emergency Management planning, exercises and actual events. Provide consultation and active support of programs identified by Medical Center Epidemiologist through participatory planning, implementation and evaluation. Supports and actively participates in the Multi-Drug Resistant Organism program Supports and actively participates in the Reusable Medical Equipment program as part of the inspection team. Facilitates an effective Hand Hygiene program. Work Schedule: Full Time\nMon. - Fri.\n7:30 am - 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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