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10/10/2018
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Registered Nurse - Infection Control
Department Of Veterans Affairs | Los Angeles, California
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The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is seeking Registered Nurses (RN) to function as Infection Prevention and Control (IP&C) Nurses. The IP&C Nurses provides leadership in the area of epidemiology, management of blood borne pathogens and other infection prevention and control surveillance activities. In addition, the IP&C Nurse will act as a consultant to Acute Care, Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs), the Domiciliaries (DOMs) and the Community Living Centers (CLCs).

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Responsibilities

Major duties of the position include, but are not limited to the following:

* Identifies, reduces, and prevents health care related infections/colonization by identifying risks and implementing effective infection prevention and control measures based on current standards and/or recommendations.
* Provides education and coverage for the IP&C's efforts in the annual flu campaign.
* Participates in the development of the organization's surveillance plan.
* Conducts surveillance and investigations by using epidemiological principles.
* Recommends practices based on currently accepted infection prevention and control strategies.
* Establishes criteria for the Infection Prevention and Control Plan for the Infection Prevention and Control Program.
* Collaborates in the integration of regulatory requirements, accreditation standards, guidelines, and current infection prevention and control practice into policies and procedures.
* Provides expertise and consultation to administration, committees, managers and staff on issues regarding infection prevention and control, communicable diseases and epidemiology.
* Shares findings, recommendations, and policies of the Infection Prevention and Control program with appropriate individuals.
* Participates in professional organizations, e.g., American Journal of Infection Control (APIC) and/or Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).
* Serves as an educational resource for all employees on infection prevention and control and epidemiology, providing expert knowledge and guidance.
* Assists all services to integrate applicable infection prevention and control principles into their ongoing educational programs including orientation of all new employees.
* Evaluates compliance with the Joint Commission and OSHA standards where applicable.
* Incorporates evidenced based research finding into clinical practice especially as it relates to SPH.
* Supports the Association for Practitioner's in Infection Prevention and Control and Epidemiology code of ethics and the medical center
* Serves as a liaison to Public Health officials regarding communicable diseases and other epidemiological significant findings.
* Communicates with Center for Disease Control (CDC) staff regarding participation in the National Nosocomial Infection Study.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8 Hour Shifts

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

PCS (aka Relocation Allowance): Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

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* Job family (Series)

0610 Nurse


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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
* Designated and/or random drug testing required
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
* You may be required to serve a probationary period
* Subject to a background/security investigation
* Must be proficient in written and spoken English
* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
* Must pass pre-employment physical examination

Qualifications

This position is covered by AFGE bargaining unit. Per the AFGE Master Agreement, the Area of Consideration will be:

1st Area of Consideration- Current Facility and CBOC employees

2nd Area of Consideration - VA Nationwide applicants

3rd Area of Consideration - All other eligible candidates

Basic 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:

* Master's degree in Nursing preferred, PhD or DNP highly desirable.
* Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with multiple service lines and disciplines preferred
* Proven ability to facilitate group problem solving preferred
* Demonstrate computer literacy and use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel preferred
* Excellent organizational, communication, writing and time management skills preferred
* Ability to work independently with minimal supervision preferred
* Demonstrated ability in data tracking, management, analysis, and feedback of results preferred
* Proven ability to utilize sound judgment in making infection prevention & control decisions preferred
* Ability to work variable and flexible tours to meet program needs and demands preferred
* Demonstrated ability to accurately implement VA GLA policies, regulations, standards of care and standards of practice preferred
* Demonstrates advanced leadership skills in the nursing process such as coordinating, assessing, implementing and evaluating hospital-wide initiative/programs is highly desirable
* Experience in providing direction and education for all staff including other services 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.

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: See VA Handbook 5019

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.

About Department Of Veterans Affairs

Company Description

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is the nation’s largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system. We are responsible for providing care to more than 7.9 million Veterans and their family members, from those who served in World War II to those currently returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Meeting the needs of these individuals requires the efforts of nearly 250,000 full-time employees and 90,000 health professional trainees working at more than 1,400 sites of care across the nation, all committed to providing our nation’s Veterans with the high-quality health care that they deserve.

Company History

For centuries, the tradition of providing care for the warrior has been a prominent feature of Native American culture. Serving those who served is also at the heart of VA’s mission, which makes Native Americans the ideal candidates for health care positions at VA. For Native American health care professionals at VA, a career caring for our nation’s Veterans is more than a job; it’s an extension of their heritage.

That’s why we are actively seeking Native American doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other allied health practitioners to help us achieve our mission of providing high-quality care to our nation’s Veterans. By incorporating their proud heritage with medicine, Native American health care professionals can make a positive impact not only on the lives of Native American Veterans but all Veterans.

Working Here

A career at VA allows employees to have unmatched control over their lives and career paths while performing a job that’s truly worthwhile. At VA, we take care of our employees as well as we take care of our Veterans. In return for their dedication to providing Veterans with exceptional patient care, they receive competitive salaries, superior benefits, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive education support programs in the nation. Our Veterans deserve only the best, and we take great pride in attracting and maintaining a superior workforce capable of providing the exceptional patient care for which we are known.