Registered Nurse (Chief of Sterile Processing Services)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Internal Number: 711990200
This is an OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT and will remain open until September 30, 2023 or until vacancy is filled. The first group of eligible applicants will be reviewed March 24, 2023. Subsequent reviews will be conducted as needed until position is filled. 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. Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade: Nurse IV - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 4-5 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and appropriate basic or advanced certification desired, and approximately 3-4 years of nursing practice/experience. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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: This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, and sitting. The incumbent may be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. In the performance of duties, the incumbent may be required to drive and/or ride in GSA-vehicles. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards Chief Nurse, SPS provides executive leadership and direct supervision to staff at OKCVAHCS. The surgical service complexity includes Neurosurgery, Orthopedic, Cardio-Thoracic, Ear, Nose & Throat, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Vascular, General Surgery, Gynecological, Oral Surgery, and Podiatry. These services utilize complex instrumentation which includes a robust robotic surgical program for multiple surgical services, and a pain management procedural program. OKCVAHCS collectively has eight (8) Operating Rooms and perform both inpatient and outpatient surgeries. The primary setting for this position is in all clinical areas of the OKCVAHCS and CBOCs where reprocessing of critical and semi-critical RME occurs. The SPS Chief collaborates with areas who utilize SPS services. The Chief SPS, is designated as the primary point of contact to work with all services from which patient care medical/surgical supply inventory, instruments, and equipment are received, processed, packaged, and distributed. Chief SPS is responsible for the planning, direction and management of all SPS programs for the OKCVAHCS The duties of this position are highly specialized and require an in depth knowledge of overall SPS. Much of the work required is time sensitive and complex in nature having a direct and immediate impact on healthcare delivery. The Chief of SPS evaluates Standard Operating Procedures annually as a required review to determine risk factor and ensures competency assessment is completed on each employee annually. Reviews SPS Inventory Management System (such as Censitrac, SPAT, RITMS, RMD audits, EPRP, VA Surgical Quality Improvement Program, Performance Measures, Employee Satisfaction, and other data for trends and early intervention; formulates follow-up plans with Nurse Executive Team, Nurse Managers, the service, and the medical center. The Chief of SPS is accountable for managing all resources to include human, material and financial. The incumbent reports directly to the ADPCS. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8 hour tours with 24/7 availability Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Authorized PCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.