Registered Nurse (Infection Control)
The role of the infection control nurse is primarily to prevent, identify, and control infections acquired in the healthcare setting or as a consequence of healthcare activities. Incumbent relies on knowledge, experience, and judgment to plan and accomplish goals; performs a variety of tasks and works under the supervision of the Medical Director of the Infection Control Program and the day-to-day direction of the Supervisory Infection Control Specialist. He/she will plans, implements, manages, and evaluates infection prevention and control activities, and must be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within the field of infection control. Incumbent will be responsible for the following duties as well as other duties assigned within the scope of the position:
- Collects and analyzes infection control data.
- Identifies and initiates isolation protocols.
- Monitors the Healthcare System for possible outbreaks of infection through epidemiological surveillance and interaction/communication with providers and staff.
- Investigates and manages suspected and confirmed outbreaks of infection.
- Implements and maintains plans and procedures concerning control measures.
- Notifies the local state and federal authorities on reportable diseases as required.
- Conducts infection control risk assessments for construction and renovation projects, equipment inspection, and pest control.
- Educates individuals and groups about the risk, prevention, transmission, and control of infections, disease-specific care, appropriate precautions, and appropriate assessments.
- Establishes accepted standards and develops, implements, monitors, and revises infection control policies and procedures to assure compliance with such standards.
- Provide leadership and consultation on infection risk assessment, prevention, and control strategies.
- Works towards the implementation of a safer environment for patients, staff and the community.
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday. 8am to 4:30pm. Incumbent will be occasionally subject to staying after hours, coming in early, or working on weekends depending on the needs of the organization.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
- 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.
1. Two to three years of infection control experience with demonstrated leadership skills and knowledge of the infection control process of a Health Care System are preferred.
2. Knowledge of Veteran Health Administration and other health care regulations and practices related to infection control are preferred.
3. Familiarity with word and excel computer applications are preferred.
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.
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:
- RN License
- Transcripts showing nursing degree and graduation/conferred date
- 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.
- Cover Letter
- License; Nursing Application