Registered Nurse (Reusable Medical Equipment Coordinator)
The Registered Nurse (RN) Reusable Medical Equipment Coordinator (RME) demonstrates performance and leadership that is broad enough to improve the care for a group of patients. She/he educates facility staff that includes but is not limited to nursing and administrative staff. TheRME Coordinatoris an experienced nurse leader who is accountable for coordination and provision of all sterile processing at the facility. The incumbent has oversight responsibility for competencies and education to include assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating education in multiple clinics in accordance with current and evolving Veteran Affairs Directives, community standards, etc...
Below are some of the skills, knowledge and duties utilized/performed in this position:
- Uses advanced clinical knowledge/judgment to promote staff involvement
- Functions as an expert in quality improvement practice related to position
- Systematically evaluates current practice and formulates appropriate outcomes of organizational processes
- Guides, develops, and supports staff from a leadership perspective
- Uses professional standards of care, scientific evidence and practice to evaluate programs and service activities
- Plans, implements, coordinates and evaluates the facility's RME program
- Collects, monitors, analyzes and reports RME program data and makes recommendations for performance improvement
- Oversees the development and approval of standard operating procedures (SOPs) and associated staff competencies for re-processing of all RME in collaboration with the Chief of Sterile Processing Service
- Serves as co-chair of the RME committee
- Communicates and interacts appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers
- Maintains confidentiality of patient/employee information at all times
- Utilizes current evidence-based literature and research on RME in daily practice
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:00am to 3:30pm
Functional Statement: Registered Nurse - Reusable Medical Equipment Coordinator Nurse I, Level 3, Nurse II and Nurse III
Telework is not available for this position.
* U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
* Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required
* 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. The completion of course work 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)
* 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.
* Must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C 7402(d) and 7407(d).
*Nurse I, Level 3 - Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience OR Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of experience OR BSN and approximately 1-2 years of experience OR Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience.
*Nurse II- BSN and approximately 2-3 years of experience OR Associate Degree or Diploma in Nursing and bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of experience OR Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience OR Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in related field.
*Nurse III- Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN or bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years of experience OR Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years of experience.
- 3 to 5 years of successful nursing practice in a medical setting that demonstrates a high level of administrative and leadership skills
-1 to 5 years of Operating Room or Sterile Processing experience
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; religious; 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 volunteer experience.
Grade Determinations: 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
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: Heavy Lifting & Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling & Pushing (7-8 hrs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 8 hours); Standing & Kneeling (up to 1 hour); Repeated bending (7-8 hrs); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and Mental Stability. May be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. May occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative, secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
- Resume or CV
All applicants may submit the following supporting document type(s):
- VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists (Available http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-2850a-091998-fill.pdf
- If prior military: Include your DD-214(s) or proof of service (required, if claiming Veterans' preference). 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" http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. If required, include a copy of your Disabled Veteran Civil Service Preference (AB4) letter, which can be generated here: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/
- Federal Employees: SF-50(s), "Notification of Personnel Action", you must submit your most recent non-award SF-50 (Must reflect grade/step equivalent to, greater than, or one grade lower than the position applied to, tenure and title. Federal employees are able to access their SF-50 through the eOPF portal:
https://eopf.opm.gov/va/(required, if Federal employee)
- Any other documents you identify as necessary on this checklist (for reference only): http://www.va.gov/OHRM/joblistings/applicantchecklist.doc
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 2006346.
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.