RN Infection Control

Location
Mather, CA
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Jan 10, 2018
Closes
Feb 10, 2018
Specialty
Infection Control
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
General Description:
The incumbent will serve as an expert in infection prevention and facility-wide quality improvement performing surveillance and utilizing data to advocate for advancing the standard of care at VA NCHCS. She/he will provide guidance on reducing the transmission of infectious diseases in acute care, long-term care and outpatient care settings. She/he will assist in pandemic preparedness, outbreak investigation and contact tracing. The incumbent will modify infection control policies in accordance with CDC, OSHA, APIC, NIOSH, AORN and EPA regulations. She/he will work to assure compliance with regulatory agencies such as Joint Commission and Office of the Inspector General). She/he will work with a variety of disciplines including Engineering, Sterile Processing, Housekeeping to assure that the environment of care and reusable medical equipment meet quality standards.
This is a non-bargaining unit position.

Major duties include, but may not be limited to:
  • Perform surveillance for hospital acquired-infections (HAI) using CDC definitions.
  • Use surveillance data to collaborate to implement health system-wide quality improvement interventions to prevent HAIs.
  • Assist in coordinating Pandemic Preparedness at VA NCHCS including for diseases such as Ebola, Pandemic Influenza, and Zika virus.
  • Serve as nurse expert for controlling outbreaks/contact investigations by coordinating with Housekeeping, BDMS, Nursing, Occupational Health, and Public Health to reduce transmission of contagious diseases and treat those who may be exposed.
  • Perform oversight areas including Housekeeping, Sterile Processing, Engineering, Nursing and work collaboratively to assure the environment of care and reusable medical equipment meet and exceed quality standards.
  • Serve as a consultant in meetings in which infection prevention expertise is required (ex. Attendance at Project meetings to assure adherence to infection prevention practices during construction)
  • Conduct and implement new safety devices/product trials to reduce blood borne pathogen exposure among staff and reduce risk of infection in patients.
  • Work in coordination with other Infection Prevention staff and responsible to the Infection Prevention Coordinator
  • Work with Leadership of VA NCHCS for quality improvement projects related to reduction of hospital-acquired infections
  • Act as team player working with a multi-disciplinary team with good interpersonal skills and facilitation skills
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 08-1630
Financial Disclosure Report: Not RequiredBasic Requirements:
  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • 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:
  • 5 years of experience as a Registered Nurse
  • BSN and/or Master's degree from an accredited school of nursing recognized by the VA (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  • National Certification in Infection Prevention
  • Extensive quality improvement experience
  • Extensive experience with accreditation and/or regulatory compliance
  • The ideal incumbent should be competent in interpersonal skills to collaborate with all disciplines in promoting safe and quality health care.The incumbent should possess the ability to listen effectively, educate, negotiate, develop rapport, and promote a cooperative working relationship with all levels of employees, not only within the Infection Control and Director's Office but throughout VANCHCS, the VISN, and the public health care community.
  • Ability to exercise critical thinking, problem solving and collaborative skills in a high stress environment.
  • Current proficiency in Basic Life Support (BLS)/ACLS through the American Heart Association (Required prior to assuming clinical duties and must remain current -VHA Directive 11-77)
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.
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:
  • Involves considerable amount of standing, walking, stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning.
  • Requires carrying or lifting of objects weighing up to 50 lbs., but occasionally may require work that involves pushing or lifting in excess of 50 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs.
  • The position requires visual and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care.
  • The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level or with neck in a fully flexed or extended position and the ability to physically control or defend against emotionally ill clients.
  • Requires use of hands for actions such as typing, simple grasping, fine manipulation, and repetitive actions.
  • Requires the ability to frequently respond to multiple demands and priorities.
  • Has potential for exposure to infectious diseases, hazardous waste and chemicals.
  • Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

VA Form 10-2850a - RN application

  • Resume
VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists can be found at: http://www.va.gov/vaforms/search_action.asp?FormNo=2850&tkey=&Action=Search.
Required at time of application

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), etc.
  • Resume

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