RN Sterile Processing Service (SPS) QI Coordinator
1. The SPS QI RN analyzes key steps in SPS and GI processes to identify potential for significant quality process improvement. This individual is responsible for Quality Improvement which may include developing educational training that covers all areas of SPS in accordance with VA Level One and VA Level Two training.
2. Monitoring and surveillance of processes and document and records within all SPS areas and anywhere Reusable Medical Equipment utilization would occur.
3. Assesses correct pre-cleaning, aseptic and sterilization processes and techniques, operation of sterilizers, principles of packaging sterile material, storage, correct sterilization and decontamination methods, safety, body mechanics, material handling and quality assurance monitoring techniques.
4. Exhibits leadership in promoting proactive and evidence-based care by bringing up to date research and data to the team and leading process improvements to keep team practices current.
5. Participates in management meetings and staff meetings in accordance with the ISO 9001:2008 Quality management System Preventive Actions, Corrective Actions and auditing process and procedures.
6. Applies a collaborative team approach in identifying, analyzing, and resolving SPS quality concerns, doing inspections and tracers throughout the VA NCHCS sites where RME is utilized.
7. Exhibits leadership in promoting proactive and evidence-based care by bringing research and data to the team and leading process improvements to keep team practices current.
8. Promotes team interactions, and problem solving by actively participating in interdisciplinary committees and meetings to facilitate coordination and the achievement of identified goals.
9. Retains current knowledge of multidisciplinary SPS resources, programs, and services. Demonstrates ability to collaborate and coordinate with all levels of services and disciplines.
10. Actively participates in reviewing and updating policies, procedures, and standards to promote evidence-based, patient focused care.
11. Maintains professional knowledge and skills based on current evidence-based practice. Maintains expertise in quality processes as related to SPS, GI and RME.
12. Maintains effective working relationships with professionals and support personnel within the medical center and the community.
13. Applies critical thinking and analytical skills to identify barriers for safe patient care delivery and utilizes processes improvement strategies to correct or improve current state.
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 40 hrs per 2 week period with various days and 8hr shifts between 0700-1730
Financial Discloser Report: Not 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. 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.
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.
- A minimum of three (3) years of acute care clinical nursing practice with demonstrated skills in quality improvement, communication and mentoring.
- Specialty Certification
- Evidence Based Practice (EBP)
- Current proficiency in Basic Life Support (BLS) through the American Heart Association (Required prior to assuming clinical duties and must remain current -VHA Directive 11-77)
- 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).
- Member of an appropriate professional nursing organization and seeks continuing education and professional development opportunities consistent with the annual learning plan.
Use and function of all normal motor and sensory anatomy for provision of patient care, reading, writing, listening, observing/seeing, heavy lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, squatting, walking, standing, use of fine motor muscles; visual and auditory acuity; emotional intelligence to respond to stressful and/or emergent situations and crises appropriately and calmly; self-care skills to maintain physical, psychological, and emotional health. Examples include: heavy lifting of 45 pounds and over, heavy carrying of 45 pounds and over, straight pulling, pushing, reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking, standing, kneeling, repeated bending, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1-4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other.
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
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.
- Cover Letter
- Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
- VA Form 10-2850a RN application
- Other Veterans Document