Registered Nurse (Infection Control)
The Infection Control Registered Nurse (RN) is responsible for the clinical and administrative aspects of the Birmingham VA Medical Center's (BVAMC) Infection Control program. The selected RN is administratively assigned to the Chief Nurse-Medicine, Patient Care Service. The RN works collaboratively with the Infectious Disease Director, The Multi Drug Resistant Coordinator (MDRO) and serves as a consultant for other members of the clinical and facility leadership team to prevent and manage infectious diseases. The RN is an expert practitioner and serves as the facility's subject matter expert and consultant for hospital infection control. Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Collectsand analyzes data for infection control measures, including prevalence rates, infections rates, transmission rates, and colonization rates; and reports to all stakeholders including the VHA National Data Base and IPEC; and uses the data effectively to evaluate outcomes.
- Participates in the development, review and revision of infection control guidelines, policies, and procedures consistent with national standards for infection control
- Ensures the practices of healthcare employees, visitors, and students are consistent with infection prevention standards and consults with service leaders on educational needs.
- Collaborates with other infection control nurses, infectious disease, and multidisciplinary teams to evaluate the environment of patients, patient care environment, and patient care equipment and products, to ensure they meet theinternal and external standards of infection control and prevention.
- Collaborates with other infection control nurses, Epidemiologist, Patient Care and other service lines of the BVAMC, and community infection preventionists to exchange knowledge and share clinical expertise in infection control and prevention to improve quality of patient care outcomes.
- Creates, activates, and or maintains computer alerts and progress notes to identify previously infected or colonized patients.
- Interprets laboratory values and analyze findings of diagnostic tests.
- Monitors compliance with Infection Control Standards in assigned areas. Collaborates with interdisciplinary leadership to identify, evaluate, plan and implement action plans for improvement to assure compliance with Infection Control Standards.
- Consults with interdisciplinary leadership to identify, plan and provide education to medical Center Demonstrates knowledge and ability to identify, evaluate, plan, implement and trace required surveillance of infection control data.
- Collects, inputs, analyze, interprets and reports data from various sources, data banks, and local programs to assure compliance with standards and performance improvement.
- Consults with interdisciplinary leadership to identify, plan and provide education to Medical Center employees across service lines.
- Provides support and backup coverage to the MDRO Coordinator.
- Utilizes various software programs, including but not limited to CPRS, VISTA, IPEC, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word.
Preferred Experience / Qualifications
Work Schedule: Days with Flexibility to Meet Patient Care Demands
Functional Statement/Number: Nurse I, Level 1; Nurse I Level 2, Nurse I, Level 3, Nurse II, Nurse III / 000000
- U.S. citizenship. Noncitizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA policy.
- 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.
- Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State-accrediting agency and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies a the time the program was completed by the applicant: 1) The National Accreditation League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing located at 61 Broadway, 33rd Floor, New York, New York 10006 or call (800) 669-1656 extension 153. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC webs site or 2) The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is located at One Dupont Circle N.W., Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036 or call (202) 463-6930. Additional information may be obtained from the CCNE web site.
The completion of coursework equivalent to a nursing degree in a MSA 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 Handbook 5005, Appendix G6)
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 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.
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 an RN will be evaluated to determined 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 as follows:
- Practices, Ethics and Resource Utilization
- Performance, Education/Career Development
- Collaboration, Collegiality
- Quality of Care, Research
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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including voluntary experience.
Physical Requirements: Satisfactory physical examination as determined by the Employee Health Unit upon appointment only.
The population of male and female veterans served ranges from the adult, age 18, to the elderly adult, age 65 and over. The VA Medical Center is a major interdisciplinary teaching facility, serving medical, surgical, and neurological inpatients and outpatients. There is a large outpatient psychiatric population, with admissions for medical co-morbidities. This position requires visual acuity (glasses permitted), keen hearing (hearing aid permitted), clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking (up to 8 hours), standing (up to 8 hours), stooping, sitting, bending (up to 8 hours), pulling, and pushing. Light lifting under 15 lbs. Light carrying 15-44lbs. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. Use of rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously. 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.
V A facilities must make reasonable accommodation for the physical or mental limitations of an applicant or employee who is a qualified person with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the department or agency.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Failure to submit the required information and documents may resultinyou receiving anineligible rating. Do not submit documents with photographs. Redact all photos prior to submitting documents.
1.Required - Comprehensive Resume. You are encouraged to build your resume using the Resume Builder on www.USAJbos.gov website, but if you choose to use your own rÃ©sumÃ©, then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all of the questions by addressing your work experience in detail. We cannot make assumptions regarding your qualifications;
2. Required- VA Form 2850a, Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists. Application must be signed and dated within 12 months. VA Form 2850a, Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists. Application must be signed and dated within 12 months. The application must contain updated information,i.e., licensure expiration dates. If youcannot sign the form electronically, complete it, print it, sign it, and upload or fax per the instructions in thevacancy announcement. (Available at http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf;
3.Required - Copy of Unofficial Transcript (copy of official transcript accepted). Transcript must show at a minimum, student's name, college/university, degree, date conferred;
4.Required - Occupational Questionnaire;
5.Required (if current Federal)- Copy of most recent SF 50-B, Notification of Personnel SF50 must include (at a minimum) position title, tenure, grade, step and salary. SF50 must be dated 01/08/2017 or later. Do not submit PERFORMANCE AWARD SF50s. The SF50 may be downloaded from your electronic-Official Personnel Folder (e-OPF);
6. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents to your online application, follow the directions located at the following site: Fax Options. The Vacancy ID of the job opportunity announcement is 2015132.
NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203-FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.