The Infection Prevention and Control Nurse is a professional registered nurse who is accountable for the multiple facets of the VAPSHCS Infection Program. The nurse utilizes effective prevention and control activities that are specific to the practice setting, the population served and the continuum of care. Applicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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: Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Bachelor degree in related field such as Microbiology; Master's degree highly preferred 3 years RN experience in an inpatient hospital setting. Previous experience as an Infection Prevention and Control Nurse. Certified in Infection Control (CIC). 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. 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 (45 pounds and over), Straight pulling (6 hours), Pushing (2 hours), Reaching above shoulder, Use of fingers, Walking (6 hours), Standing (2 hours), Repeated bending (6 hours), Ability to distinguish basic colors, Hearing (aid permitted), Visual Acuity 20/30 corrected, Working with hands in water, Working closely with others. ["Duties include but are not limited to: Integrates surveillance findings into the organization's plan for improvement of practice and patient outcomes. Review, analyzes and applies existing regulations, standards and/or guidelines of applicable professional organizations and government agencies. Recommends new or revised practices or procedures based on currently accepted, evidence based infection prevention and control strategies. Reviews, analyzes and applies pertinent information from current scientific literature and publications. Integrates relevant public health issues into practice. Identifies populations who are at high risk for infection, utilizing the principles of human growth and development to assess patient's requirements relative to age-specific needs Applies epidemiological principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target populations, analyze trends and risk factors and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies. Conducts investigations by using epidemiological principles. Uses appropriate statistical techniques to describe data, calculate rates and critically evaluate significance of findings. Uses a systematic approach to surveillance to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies that are consistent with the organizations goals and objectives. Develops a surveillance plan based on the populations served, services provided and previous surveillance data if available. Ensures surveillance design is consistent with selected internal and external comparative data bases. Selects indicators based on the projected use of the data. Uses standardized definitions for the identification and classification of events, indicators or outcomes. Analyzes surveillance data utilizing internal and external benchmarks. Reports epidemiological significant findings to the appropriate customer. Periodically evaluates the effectiveness of the surveillance plan and modifies as necessary. Systematically evaluates the quality and effectiveness of the infection control program appropriate to the practice setting. Develops and annually reviews a program plan with measurable objectives. Determines appropriate resources needed to accomplish the proposed plan. Communicates any resource variance to administration and modifies program plan if needed. Periodically evaluates the effectiveness of the infection control program. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nEDRP: Not Authorized\nPCS: Not Authorized\nRecruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not Authorized\nVirtual: This is Not a Virtual position Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases.\nPaid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 11 paid Federal holidays per year.\nRetirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA.\nInsurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement).\nLicensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory."]
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