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RN - Chief SPS / Nurse Manager

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Department Of Veterans Affairs
United States Citizens Excepted Service Permanent Full Time 1112595
Position is for a Chief SPS - Nurse Manager
Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1112595
WORK SCHEDULE - M - F, 40 hours a week
PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT CAREFULLY AND IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE THAT ALL REQUIRED DOCMENTS ARE SUBMITTED WITH YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE. FAILURE TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATON PACKAGE INCLUDING YOUR TRANSCRIPT WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION.
To fulfill President Lincoln''s promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America''s Veterans.
How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.
VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.
For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go / .
U.S. Citizenship Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required. Must pass pre-employment examination. Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required. Background and/or Security Investigation required. English Language Proficiency required.
The Chief of SPS is a registered professional and is accountable to the Associate Medical Center Director of Patient Care Services and performs the administrative and personnel management and evaluation functions relative to the SPS staff supervised in SPS and other areas that perform high level disinfection/sterilization on a 24 hour basis. This includes establishing guidelines for performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee supervisory performance management systems. The Chief of SPS provides leadership by identifying and maintaining SPS & Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) standards for the practice of services and contributes to the fulfillment of the mission of the clinical areas. In the supervisor role, the Chief of SPS participates in assessing the decontamination, pre-cleaning processes, high level disinfection/sterilization process, and utilization throughout the medical center. The incumbent participates in assessing the environment, analyzing trends, transmitting data, communicating ideas, developing and implementing policies, initiating programs and systems, developing and maintaining a quality improvement program and collaborating in the management of resources. The incumbent has knowledge in areas of patient care practices, asepsis, disinfection/sterilization, adult education, communication and program administration. The Chief of SPS demonstrates expertise and comprehensive understanding of the decontamination/sterilization process. The role involves clinical, administrative, research, and educational components, which impact patients and healthcare personnel throughout the medical center. The incumbent ensures the practice of RME is consistent with the VA standards, including VHA Directives, VISN 9 policies and external standards, such as The Joint Commission, AORN, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), ISO 9001 principles and the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM). The Chief of SPS plays a leadership role in ongoing systematic evaluation and improvement of quality and effectiveness of RME & SPS processes and practices. The incumbent assesses educational needs of the RME staff and implements an educational plan to meet these needs. The Chief of SPS collaborates with all services within the medical center. In particular, the Chief of SPS collaborates directly with Infection Control and Nurse Manager of the Operating Room (OR). Adheres to established policies, standards of care, and standards of practice.
The Chief of SPS is responsible for assessing, monitoring, developing and assisting with implementing corrective action plans for instrument and reusable medical equipment processing, decontamination, sterilization, biological monitoring, and high level disinfecting monitoring. The Chief of SPS will coordinate recall activities related to reusable medical equipment and as directed. The Chief SPS provides is responsible for the implementation, management and oversight of ISO 9001 principles within the Sterile Processing Service. The Chief of SPS is an active member of the SPS Management Committee, the Infection Control Committee and the Medical Center Commodity Standard Board. The Chief of SPS will collaborate and communicate information or concerns between clinical services and RME. The Chief SPS will be responsible for oversight of all RME training activities.
Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this vacancy.
Citizen of the United States. 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 National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). _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_. 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. _Must be proficient in spoken and written English_.
Applicant''s education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. Experience as a RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel. The criteria are as follows: Practice: practice, ethics and resource utilization, Professional Development: performance, education/career development, Collaboration; collaboration, collegiality, Scientific Inquiry: quality of care, research. Education/Experience Requirements:
Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor''s degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master''s degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master''s degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience.
Nurse III - Master''s degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Reference: VA Handbook 5005/27, Part II, Appendix G-6 NURSE QUALIFICATION STANDARD
Preferred Qualifications:
The following are highly preferred:
MSN is preferred.
Three (3) years of OR nursing is highly preferred.
Will have SPS Certification (VA and/or IAHCSMM International Association of Healthcare Central Services Materiel Management) or will obtain within 6 months.
Previous experience developing Standard Operating Procedures highly desirable.
Demonstrated ability in previous assignments to make critical decisions in stressful environments.
Demonstrated dependability for duty and flexibility in work assignments/hours in previous assignments.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: . All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
Veterans'' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or r sum . Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans'' Preference, please .
Your application, r sum and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY. You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online. Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide ( ) for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications. Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way. Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS. Check your account ( ) to see the status of your application after applying, including any messages that may have been sent to you.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire; View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 1112595. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form in its entirety - along with all supporting documents - to . Your 1203FX form should be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page; and
4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
1. CV or Resume. (required)
2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurse and Nurse Anesthetist (Available at ) (required this is in addition to the Resume). (required)
3. OF 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at ). This is a required form and must be submitted with your application. Required for all non Lexington, VA applicants
4. Pertinent Transcripts are required for all non Lexington, VA applicants. (required)
5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required). Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available ).
6. Current SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (Only required for current federal employees)
7. Copies of BLS and ACLS certifications (required)
After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter or e-mail will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service.
Interviews are expected to be conducted within 10 days of the closing date.
Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us .
Veterans'' Preference:
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or r sum . Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans'' Preference, please
This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. This position requires a 2 year probationary period.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

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