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Job Title:Registered Nurse (Sterile Processing Liaison)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:VHA-523-13-875743

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$0.00 to $0.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, April 16, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013




Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Boston Metro Area, MA United States


Open to all U.S. Citizens


Salary:  Commensurate with education and experience

Service: Sterile Processing Service

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  875743


OUR MISSION: 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, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions 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 offers generous paid time off and a variety or predictable and Flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to  

Special Employment Consideration:  VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. 

Who May Apply:
  Open to all U.S. Citizens


  • U. S. Citizenship
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required


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This full-time registered nurse position is located in the Sterile Processing Service at the West Roxbury campus.  Occasional travel to Jamaica Plain campus is required based on patient care needs.

The incumbent oversees activities and maintains all required documentation/records for vendors involved in the peri-operative care of our veterans.  The incumbent works closely with the Chief of Sterile Processing Service (SPS), peri-operative services, Logistics Service, and the Administrative Officer for the Surgical Service to assure proper business processes are in place to support optimal outcomes for surgical/invasive procedures performed in the surgical suite.  The SPS liaison Nurse must have the technical and operational knowledge and clinical skills in perioperative services to be responsible for planning, organizing, facilitating, and monitoring the business operations and activities and functions of Sterile Processing Service (SPS), Operating Room (OR) and Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit (PACU) and surgical clinic; including operational and capital budgets.

The incumbent assumes responsibilities as designated by the Chief/Nurse Manager of SPS; duties include but are not limited to:  maintaining existing and ordering new instruments, implants, equipment and supplies and acting as a resource preceptor to staff.  In-services staff on existing and new procedures and equipment. 
The SPS liaison demonstrates expertise and comprehensive understanding of the decontamination/sterilization process.   Follows procedures for the set-up, proper use, reprocessing and maintenance of reusable medical equipment (RME) based on the manufacturer’s instructions.  Completes training before use of RME and demonstrates initial/ongoing competency in use of scopes or RME, as applicable to position.

This position potentially requires flexibility in schedule and assignments and travel to other campuses.


WORK SCHEDULE:   Full Time Days with on-call duty 


NOTE: This is a NAGE Bargaining Unit position

NOTE: This position is covered by locality-based comparability pay.

NOTE: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

NOTE: Selectee may be required to work at any Boston Healthcare System campus, as needed.

NOTE: Candidates who meet the qualification requirements within 15 calendar days following the closing date of the announcement will be considered.

NOTE: Permanent appointment in this position is subject to review by the Nurse Professional Standards Board.


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Candidates must meet all the requirements identified in the VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G, Nurse Qualification Standards

(1) US Citizenship

(2) Graduate of a school of professional nursing approved by the appropriate State agency at the time the program was completed by the applicant.

(3) Current, full, active and unrestricted licensure as a registered professional nurse in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the U.S. or the District of Columbia. 

(4) Applicants must meet physical standards for the position. 

(5) Experience in Sterile Processing and/or Operating Room required.

(6) Minimum 4 years of successful nursing practice required.

A physical examination prior to placement may be required.  RN's must be proficient in spoken and written English.


BSN preferred

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:  Education must be  as follows-

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.
   The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), an accrediting arm of the National League for Nursing.  The NLNAC accredits all levels of nursing programs.  Additional information may be obtained from the ; or
   The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), an accrediting arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  The CCNE accredits bachelors and masters degree programs.  Additional information may be obtained from ; or
   In cases of graduates of foreign schools of professional nursing, possession of current, full, active, and unrestricted registration and the possession of a Certificate from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)] will meet the requirement of graduation from an approved school of professional nursing. Additional information may be obtained from


1.  Lifting up to 45 lbs.   (Intermittently)
2.  Carrying up to 45 lbs. (Intermittently)
3.  Repeated bending
4.  Straight Pulling up to 45 lbs.(Intermittently)
5.  Straight Pushing up to 45 lbs. (Intermittently)
6.  Stooping (Intermittently)
7.  Squatting (Intermittently)
8.  Kneeling (Occasionally)
9.  Use of both arms
10. Use of both hands
11. Use of fingers
12. Overhead work; both arms (Intermittently)
13. Prolonged walking (Up to 4 hrs./day)
14. Prolonged standing (Up to 4 hrs./day)
15. Sitting (Up to 2 hrs./day)
16. Far Vision - correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other
17. Near Vision - correctable to read newsprint at 13 - 16 inches
18. Ability to distinguish shades of colors
19. Hearing - ability to hear and understand the spoken voice from a distance of 8 feet. Ability to effectively utilize a stethoscope and distinguish breath and heart, and bowel sounds
20. Emotional and mental stability - ability to effectively perform the essential functions of the position and respond appropriately in emergency situations.


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, resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.


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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


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. 



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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the right side of this screen 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.

YOU MUST INCLUDE VA FORM 10-2850a IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.   You may upload the completed form to your USAJOBS or Application Manager account if you apply online.  Then you can use the uploaded form again and again when applying for future vacancies.  Please see this guide ( for more information on uploading and re-using the form in your applications.  Other required forms and documents can also be saved in your account and used the same way.  Applicants are urged to apply online; this process is much easier and faster.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, just reapply through your account in USAJOBS.  Check your account ( to see the status of your application after applying, 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 all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and 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: 875743.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 06, 2013.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. CV or Resume.
  2. VA Form 10-2850a - Application for Associated Health Occupations (Available at (required).
  3. Occupational Questionnaire
  4. Optional Form 306 - Declaration for Federal Employment (Available at  This is a required form and must be submitted with your application.
  5. If prior military service, include all copies of your DD Forms 214 (required).   Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must also complete and submit an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (available at  
  6. If currently employed in the VA system, include latest SF-50 - Notification of Personnel Action. (required).


Job Information
Phone: (774)826-1269
Agency Information:
Nursing Service
940 Belmont St
Brockton, MA


After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.

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