The Director (Chief)/Nurse Manager (DC/NM) Sterile Processing Services (SPS) is responsible for the implementation of the Vision, Mission, and Values of the VAMHCS within the Sterile Processing Services. S/he is the administrator and operations officer for Sterile Processing Services for the VAMHCS.Learn more about this agency
The DC/NM SPS is engaged in administrative nursing practice characterized by both increased complexity of clinical decision-making and enhanced skill in nursing management. S/he assures that the practice of SPS are consistent with VA Standards, such as, VA Directives, VISN 5 policies and directives, ISHUMM, International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management, AORN, Association of Operating Room Nurses, and AAMI, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Standards and Recommendations.
Requirements and VHA Directive 2009-004 Use and Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Equipment RME. He/she provides leadership in the day-to-day operations of, Sterile Processing Services and is responsible for strategic planning, management, implementation and evaluation of the ISPS program. S/he establishes the framework for the operation and organizational structure for SPS.
The DC SPS is responsible for ensuring that the SPS program, its' practices/services are consistent throughout the VAMHCS. This involves providing oversight, guidance and direction for all VAMHCS clinicians related to SPS processing of RME at the PP and BT sites. S/he must maintain an in depth, state of the art knowledge of current standards related to supply, processing, and decontamination in order to develop a staff education plan, develop appropriate policies and implement appropriate practices. This involves current knowledge of VA regulations and performance measures in addition to external standards such as Association of Peri-Operative Registered Nurse (AORN), JC and CDC. The incumbent will be responsible for providing training for new and current employees, conducting regular in-service training. The Director (Chief)/Nurse Manager Sterile Processing Services assesses educational requirements and competency needs of the SPS staff and implements an education plan to meet these needs. This includes assessing, monitoring, developing and assisting with implementing corrective action plans for instrument and reusable medical equipment processing, decontamination,sterilization, biological monitoring, and high level disinfecting monitoring. S/he is also responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the complexities of a total processing and supply support service. In addition, s/he collaborates with clinical experts in, Infection Control and the Nurse Manager of the Operating Room (OR) as related to the supply, processing and decontamination process.
The DC/NM SPS collaborates with all nursing, clinical and administrative disciplines to ensure that SPS practice is consistent with nationally recognized professional standards, statutes, regulations and current research findings. The DC/NM SPS works with all direct and indirect care providers across the VAMHCS to improve the quality and effectiveness of the organization's overall SPS programs. The incumbent provides leadership in the facilitation of organizational performance improvement within VAMHCS Sterile Processing Services.
The incumbent promotes CDC, OSHA and JC recommendations. The incumbent assures SPS staff meet the JC Infection Control Standards for Hospitals and Ambulatory Care. The incumbent assesses the VAMHCS SPS Program through surveillance activities, using statistical methods, and a systematic approach to monitor the cost-effectiveness of SPS supplies and procedures. The DC/NM SPS will be directly involved with VAMHCS being compliant with governmental and non-governmental agencies including Office of Inspector General, Office of Medical Inspector and VHA/VISN 5 mandates.
The DC/NM SPS is the vehicle for interpretation and articulation of national VHA policies and directives to the local and VAMHCS level for implementation. H/she is responsible for the SPS annual budget by projecting the medical care appropriation needs (including equipment, medical supplies, and other categories of commodities). This involves thorough knowledge of budget principles, procedures and practices required to plan, execute and reconcile a service level budget. In addition, the DC/NM, SPS provides the total financial management, oversight and control of the VAMHCS SPS assigned funds. The Director (Chief)/Nurse Manager, SPS oversees two sites located 50 miles apart which perform three different major operations including decontamination, packaging, preparation and ordering instrumentation supplies. S/he also has responsibility for supplies considered accessories to RME and instruments in collaboration with Logistics.
Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8am to 430pm
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
QualificationsApplicants 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.
- 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.
National Nursing Certification
Experience in SPS Leadership
Experience in SPS Education
Grade Determinations: The following criteria must be met in determining the grade assignment of candidates, and if appropriate, the level within a grade:
- 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 and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.
Physical Requirements: It is VA policy to ensure that all selected applicants and employed personnel are physically, mentally and emotionally fit to perform the duties of the position to which assigned. A pre-placement physical examination is required for all full-time, part-time and intermittent employees identified by VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The pre-placement physical examination shall be completed prior to appointment to determine the physical and mental fitness for candidates for appointment in VA. The examination will be concerned with the mental and physical ability of the applicant to satisfactorily perform the duties of the proposed assignment and will include requisite laboratory and other screening as required by Federal regulatory agencies.
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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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.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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.
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
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.
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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 09/28/2020 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10922659.
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Christina Van Der Werff
AddressVA Maryland Health Care System
10 North Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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