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Job Title:  RN (MRSA Coordinator)
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  VHA-552-13-848816

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,677.00 to $101,939.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 28, 2013 to Thursday, March 21, 2013
Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Dayton, OH United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  848816

Tour of Duty:  8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday -  Friday; however shifts may be changed to suit patient care needs.

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional nurse, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply

Applicant'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.  



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • COPY of Licensure/Certification/Registration required to be submitted.
  • You must submit: VA Form 10-2850a, Resume/CV and License
  • Must pass pre-employment examination


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A vacancy exist for an RN Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Prevention (MRSA) Coordinator for the community living centers at the Dayton VA Medical Center.  The MRSA Coordinator provides leadership by identifying and maintaining infection control standards for the practice of all services, contributing to the fulfillment of the mission of the Medical Center.  In the leadership role, the MRSA Coordinator participates in assessing the environment, analyzing trends, transmitting data, communicating ideas, developing and implementing policies, initiating programs and systems, and collaborating in the management of resources.  The incumbent has knowledge in areas of Veteran care practices, microbiology, asepsis, disinfection/ sterilization, adult education, infectious diseases, communication, program administration and epidemiology.  The MRSA Coordinator demonstrates expertise and comprehensive understanding of the infection control practice issues.  The MRSA Coordinator’s role involves clinical, administrative, research and educational component, which impacts Veterans and health care personnel throughout the Medical Center.  The incumbent ensures the practice of nursing is consistent with the external standards such as JCAHO and internal standards such as clinical practice guidelines and the Performance Measures for preventive health and chronic disease management.  MRSA Coordinator plays a leadership role in ongoing systematic evaluation and improvement of quality and effectiveness of nursing care and Veteran outcomes.  The incumbent assesses educational needs of the nursing and ancillary staff and implements an education plan to meet these needs; collaborates with other clinical centers and service lines.  The position is within the Medical Service at the Dayton VA Medical Center and may involve the assignment of other MRSA or Infection Control duties.

Please see the 'Required Documents' section below to submit a complete application packet (Application VA Form 10-2850a, Resume, License (copy), etc.).


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Basic Requirements


(1) Citizenship.  Citizen of the United States.


(2) Graduation from School of Nursing


      (a)  Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency, and accredited by one of the following accrediting bodies at the time the program was completed by the applicant. 

      1.  The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC); or


      2.  The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


      (b)  [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. 

      (c)]  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.


(3) Registration


Condition of Employment.  A registered nurse (RN) will have a current, full, active and unrestricted registration as a graduate professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth (i.e., Puerto Rico) of the U.S. or in the District of Columbia. 


(4) Physical Standards. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.


(5) English Language Proficiency.  RNs appointed to direct patient care positions must be proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).


Four Dimensions of Nursing

Practice, Professional Development, Collaboration, Scientific Inquiry


Education/Experience Requirements:


•Nurse I Level I - An Associate Degree (ADN) or Diploma in Nursing, no experience.
•Nurse I Level II - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 1 year of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field and no experience; or a Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN) and no experience.
•Nurse I Level III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of experience, or an ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of experience; or a BSN with approximately 1-2 years of experience, or a Master's degree in nursing (MSN) or related field with a BSN and no experience.
•Nurse II - A BSN with approximately 2-3 years of experience, or ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelors degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 years experience or a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years experience, or a Doctoral degree in nursing or meets basic requirements for appointment and has doctoral degree in a related field with no experience. 
•Nurse III - Master's degree in nursing or related field with BSN and approximately 2-3 years experience or Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 years experience.


Preferred Qualifications: 

1. Certification in Infection Control within three years of selection for the position is required.
2. Current BLS certification is desired or must successfully attain certification during orientation.
3. A minimum of three years health care related experience medical/surgical or long-term care.
4. Supervisory or case management experience.
5. Research experience, teaching skills and data base management.
6. Effective interpersonal skills and ability to function independently and ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
7. Working knowledge of Performance Improvement Concepts.


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Veterans Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference.  For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit


Your Application/résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life.  For more information please visit us at


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


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If you are FAXING:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package  (see Required Documents section below).

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is easier, faster, and provides more information as applications are processed.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, simply reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after appyling, including any messages that may have been sent to you.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

  4.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 848816.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


    Need additional assistance on How To Apply Online: Click on the link for the Application Manager Quick Start Guide.


You (ALL applicants) must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Application for Nurses and Nurse Anesthetists 10-2850a, VA Form 10-2850a available at: 
  2. Resume/CV
  3. A complete Occupational Questionnaire (if faxing follow instructions above)  View Occupational Questionnaire
  4. COPY of Nursing License [If you do not have a copy of the licensure, please submit proof/verification (i.e., from the state's website)]
  5. Any other documents such as a copy of College Transcripts, if applicable.

Your Application/resume must include dates of employment and should state whether the work was full-time or part-time (Note: if part-time work, please include the approx. number of hours worked per week).


(e)MAILED ITEMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Please submit application materials online or by fax only.


INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS will receive a rating of IFM (ineligible due to missing forms). Requests for reconsideration of ratings will not be considered for applicants who fail to submit a complete application package.

CURRENT VA EMPLOYEES PLEASE NOTE:  Please submit a complete application package prior to the closing date.  Include all of your relevant work information (ie starting and ending dates of employment, hours worked, duties, etc).  The information you provide through this application process is forwarded to the selecting official.  It is highly recommended that you use the resume builder in USA JOBS as it contains all of the information we need to determine whether or not you are qualified for this position.  Failure to provide a complete application and all the documents requested in the announcement may render you not qualified for the position you are applying for.


LaQueta D. Barnes
Phone: (937)268-6511x1247
Agency Information:
Department of Veteran Affairs
4100 West Third Street
HRM Service
Dayton, OH


After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and a qualification determination will be made. You will be notified when a decision is made. If you qualify, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified if you are referred.

**All Applicants will receive email notifications of their status throughout the application process.**

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