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The Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Health Care System seeks a full-time Infection Preventionist/Multi-Drug Resistant Organism (IP)(MDRO) coordinator to serve in our Infection Disease Unit under the Medicine Service Line. The Infection Preventionist/MDRO Coordinator (IP) position will work Monday through Friday for (5) eight hour days with start time negotiated. There may be times when it is required to perform duties on off tour and/or weekends.
The IP position is responsible for covering both University Drive and Heinz campuses for all duties. The IP position requires on-call rotation during off tours and weekends approximately one week every six weeks dependent on staffing. The IP will be responsible for reviewing all Infection Control Medical Center Memorandums, VHA Directives and other policies that pertain to IP at VA Pittsburgh Health System. The IP will also need to be familiar with all regulatory standards that are applicable to Infection Prevention and MDR prevention including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Joint Commission (JC) and Association for Committee Representation:The IP will represent the interests of the Infection Prevention department at committee meetings and other meetings as needed and provide education in IP related topics to VAPHS employees.
Committees include but are not limited to:
- Safety Committee
- CLIP Committee-Central Line Infection Prevention Committee
- CAUTI Committee-Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Group
- IPT Committee- Infection Prevention Team Meeting
- CPRC -Clinical Product Review Committee
- RME Committee-Reusable Medical Equipment
- Infection Prevention Liaison Committee
- Water Safety Committee
- Construction Committee
- Accident Review Board
- Sharps Committee
- CLC Committee-Clinical Leadership Council
- The IP will be familiar with CDC NHSN Surveillance definitions and utilize those definitions to define and subsequently classify infections when reviewing microbiology cultures daily.
- The IP will be familiar with VHA MDRO Program Office Surveillance definitions and utilize those definitions to define and subsequently classify infections when reviewing microbiology cultures and culture swabs daily
. - The IP will be familiar with Theradoc and functions within the computer application to review clinical cultures and other pertinent lab and clinical test results.
- The IP will be fluent in identifying patients that require isolation precautions and appropriately placing notes in CPRS and notifying clinical areas of requirements
. - The IP will coordinate point prevalence studies at the CLC as needed.
- The IP will be fluent in identifying diseases, and MRSA infections to Allegheny County Health Department through their online tool, that are reportable to the Pennsylvania State Health Department through PANEDDS computer application within the defined time limitations.
- The IP will be signed off to collect water samples for environmental surveillance for Legionella and enter data into the Water Database.
- The IP will be trained to evaluate previous cultures and determine sites for water sampling based on hospital policy.
- The IP will be trained to complete reports on all infection data and MDRO data and submit data to IPEC Monthly. Reports of hospital acquired
- infections and MRSA colonization and infection transmission should be sent to all clinical units and hospital leadership at least monthly.
- The IP will provide educational training to any and all staff as necessary.
- The IP will conduct quarterly unit briefings in all clinical areas at least quarterly.
- The IP will present basic Infection Prevention policies and practices at Annual Mandatory Skills Training for all service lines as requested and New Employee Orientation Nursing Orientation.
- The IP will be available as needed to provide education to patients and families including phone calls and letters mailed to veterans who have been determined to have MRSA after discharge.
- The IP will also report as needed to any area of the hospital that requires assistance in preventing transmission of MDRO.
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday for (5) eight hour days with start time negotiated, perform duties on off tour and/or weekends, cover both UD and HZ campuses for all duties and perform on-call rotation during off tours and weekends approximately one week every six weeks dependent on staffing when necessary
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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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
QualificationsTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/22/2019.
- 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.
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.
Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting (30 pounds and over); heavy carrying (30 pounds and over); straight pulling (2-4 hours); pushing (2-4hours); reaching above shoulders (1-2 hours); use of fingers; both hands required; walking (4-6 hours); standing (4-6 hours); repeated bending (2-4 hours); both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of color; hear (aid permitted); mental and emotional stability
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.
Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.
VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.
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If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.
NOTE: Candidate's education and length of nursing practice (experience) will be considered by a Nurse Professional Standards Board in determining the grade and salary of the applicant selected. The recommended salary may be at any point in the range listed for this vacancy.
Experience as an RN will be evaluated to determine if the experience is of an acceptable level of quality with regard to the following four dimensions of nursing: Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration and Scientific Inquiry. Each dimension of practice has criteria that demonstrate essential core competencies for VHA Nursing Personnel.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
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.
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), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), etc.
- Cover Letter
- Other Veterans Document
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 02/22/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10419433.
- To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
- Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
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NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities. HCPs that are unable to receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a face mask throughout the influenza season.
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AddressPittsburgh VA Medical Center
1010 Delafield Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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