Nurse-Sterile Processing Chief

Location
Hines Illinois
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Feb 13, 2021
Closes
Mar 15, 2021
Ref
589526100
Specialty
Other
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Qualifications
This position is being announced at either the Nurse II (2) or Nurse III (3) grade levels. This is a management position.
Prior Sterile Processing experience is critical for this position. This experience could be gained as a Supervisor over a Sterile Processing Unit, as a Surgical Nurse performing or overseeing Sterile Processing, or another such assignment directly related to sterile processing.

Preferred Experience:

MSN
3-5 years of Sterile Processing and/or Operating Room experience
Current BLS certification (American Heart Association)

All RN's employed in the Veterans Health Administration must have and maintain a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia.

RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d). This requirement may be met by being a Native Speaker of English (i.e. American, British, Australian, South African, etc., English), having attended 8 years of education that was in the United States or conducted in English, or s
uccessful completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language.

Basic Education Requirement:
Graduation from School of Nursing
(a) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. NOTE: See exception in subparagraph for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.
1. The National 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. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site;
or
2. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and 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.

NOTE: 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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.

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.

NURSE II Requirements:
Education:
BSN
OR
Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelors degree in a related field
OR
Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field.
Experience:
Minimum of 2 years experience. (Prefer a minimum of 2 years experience performing Sterile Processing or supervising Sterile Processing)

Dimensions of Practice:
1. Practice: Applies the nursing process to systems or processes at the unit/team/work group level to improve care. Demonstrates leadership by involving others in improving care.
2. Ethics: Supports and enhances client self-determination. Serves as a resource for clients and staff in addressing ethical issues.
3. Resource Utilization: Identifies and assesses resource utilization and safety issues, taking appropriate action.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1. Education/Career Development: Acquires knowledge and skills to maintain expertise in area of practice. Participates in educational activities to improve clinical knowledge and enhance role performance.
2. Performance: Evaluates practice of self and others using professional standards, relevant statutes, and regulations. Takes action to improve performance.
COLLABORATION
1. Collaboration: Uses group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems.
2. Collegiality: Educates colleagues and/or students and serves as a preceptor and/or mentor.
SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY
1. Quality of Care: Initiates/participates in quality improvement activities that result in approved outcomes.
2. Research: Uses a body of research to validate and/or change work group practice.

Nurse III (3) requirements:
Education:
Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field.
If MSN obtained in a Bridge Program, no BSN required.
OR
Doctoral degree in nursing or related field
Experience:
Minimum of 2 years experience. (Prefer a minimum of 2 years experience performing Sterile Processing or supervising Sterile Processing)
Dimensions of Practice:
1. Practice: Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to client care, organizational processes and/or systems, improving outcomes at the program or service level.
2. Ethics: Provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact clients and staff, including initiating and participating in ethics consultations.
3. Resource Utilization: Manages program resources (financial, human, material, or informational) to facilitate safe, effective, and efficient care.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
1. Education/Career Development: Implements an educational plan to meet changing program or service needs for self and others. Maintains knowledge of current techniques, trends, and professional issues.
2. Performance: Uses professional standards of care and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities.
COLLABORATION
1. Collaboration: Uses the group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems.
2. Collegiality: Coaches colleagues in team building. Makes sustained contributions to health care by sharing expertise within and/or outside the medical facility
SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY
1. Quality of Care: Initiates interdisciplinary projects to improve organizational performance.
2. Research: Collaborates with others in research activities to improve care.

In order to be considered for appointment or promotion to Nurse III, outcomes must be documented. Meeting the Practice dimension involves incorporating and implementing the requirements of the other qualification standards, including:
(a) Leading and organizing delivery of care to assure continuity of care and peer accountability for practice, including access to care and discharge planning.
(b) Using advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement in planning, decision-making and evaluating outcomes.
(c) Functioning as an expert in clinical practice and/or in areas related to the assigned roles and responsibilities.
(d) Systematically evaluating current practice, and formulating outcomes for groups of patients and/or organizational processes within area of expertise.
(e) Guiding, developing and supporting staff from a leadership perspective.
(f) Using professional standards of care, scientific evidence and practice to evaluate programs and/or service activities. 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.

Special VHA Requirements:
Basic Education Requirement:
Graduation from School of Nursing
(a) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. NOTE: See exception in subparagraph for candidates who are enrolled in a MSN Bridge Program.
1. The National 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. The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs. Additional information may be obtained from the NLNAC web site;
or
2. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs, and 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.

NOTE: 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. In these programs, students are given a certificate of professional nursing to sit for the NCLEX and should submit this certification to VA prior to appointment. Students do not earn a BSN, but receive a MSN degree upon completion of course work. A copy of the MSN transcript must be provided to VA. Bridge programs that confer a master's degree also fully meet the education requirement, even though a Bachelor's Degree is not awarded.

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.

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