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Chief Sterile Processing Service

VA Medical Center


Location:
San Diego, CA
Date:
01/03/2018
2018-01-032018-02-07
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Summary

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?

VHA provides patient centered care, delivered by engaged, collaborative teams in an integrated environment that supports learning and continuous improvement. The Veteran's experience and health outcomes are improved with an emphasis on prevention through healing relationships in an optimal healing environment.

We are seeking new team members interested in working in this environment. We are looking for team members that possess high energy, a strong work ethic, integrity, who are kind and empathetic, have a sense of humor, and who enjoy working for a collaborative, team-oriented system. The team member must be willing to build customer confidence by professional dress and demeanor.

We invite you to apply to become part of a team of professionals engaged in promoting positive organizational change to improve business outcomes and create a positive healthcare experience for patients, families, and caregivers.

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.


Duties

The Chief, Sterile Processing Service (SPS) is the administrative and accountable official for the sterile processing activities performed within the organization. These activities include all decontamination, disinfection, and sterilization processes required to render the safe use of reusable medical equipment (RME) and devices used in all areas of patient care. The individual is a professional registered nurse and must incorporate standards of practice for sterile processing and infection control with seasoned peri-operative clinical experience and knowledge in support of the mission of the clinical areas.

The incumbent functions as an administrator, educator, and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with Nursing and most other services throughout the VA San Diego Healthcare System and its sites of care. The SPS Chief must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center personnel and relate effectively with customers and the community as well as program and service leaders at the local, network, and national levels. Operational and performance requirements are directed from the VA National Office of Sterile Processing.

The SPS Chief is required to ensure personnel performing reprocessing activities are appropriately educated and trained using a fully developed continuing education program. The incumbent has advanced knowledge in areas of patient care practices, surgical techniques, asepsis, disinfection/sterilization, adult education, communication, and program administration.

The individual is required to assess processes, collect outcomes data, analyze data for trends and to identify risks, integrate improvement strategies, and ensure performance metrics are established and met.

The incumbent develops key relationships with stakeholders who are needed to:
1) Assist providers, nurse managers and healthcare workers to carry out the functions and activities expected of them;
2) Contribute ideas and recommendations for the establishment of standards of care, policies, and objectives for the enhancement of nursing and sterile processing organization-wide;
3) Assist in policy-making activities as related to customer service and the overall functioning of administrative and clinical programs; and
4) Collaborate with other organizational staff to establish and maintain programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence VA San Diego Healthcare System's (VASDHS) mission and health care delivery.

The incumbent is responsible for service budget and provides oversight regarding specialized surgical equipment contracts completing required education and training to ensure competency. S/he demonstrates clinical, managerial, and mandatory competencies of the position. The incumbent ensures the practice of SPS is consistent with the VA Standards, such as, VA Handbook 1116, VHA Directives, VISN 22 policies and external standards, such as, The Joint Commission, The Association of peri-operative Registered Nurses (AORN), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
The SPS Chief plays a leadership role in ongoing systematic evaluation and improvement of quality and effectiveness of SPS processes and practices. The incumbent assesses educational needs of the SPS staff and implements an education plan to meet these needs. The SPS Chief collaborates with all services within the medical center. In particular, the SPS Chief collaborates directly with Infection Control and Nurse Manager of peri-operative services.

Work Schedule: Full time, Permanent, 80 hours per two-week period, (M-F, 8-hour shift between 7:30am- 4:00pm). The specific Tour of Duty may be negotiated during the final interview process. Overtime/weekend may be required to meet patient needs.








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Job Details



Application Open Date

1/3/2018



Application Close Date

1/12/2018




Organization

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration



Who May Apply

United States Citizens



Status

Full-Time




























  • More About VAOpen More About VA SectionClose More About VA Section

    • 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.

      United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

      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.

      Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

      If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.





  • QualificationsOpen Qualifications SectionClose Qualifications Section

    • 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.
      • 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.

      Preferred Experience:
      - Experience in training technicians in a sterile processing or related environment and /or receive appropriate training relating to specific equipment reprocessing requirements, practice standards, infection prevention and control, reprocessing equipment to include sterilizer use and safety, ergonomics, and chemical safety procedures.
      - Experience in perform complex leadership and management duties in directing Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) sterilization operations.
      - Experience in aggregate data and participates in the budget process to plan for current, emerging, and future resource requirements (financial, human, materiel and/or informational).
      - At least 5 years' experience as the designated first-line supervisory authority, responsibility, and accountability for the 24/7 operations of Sterile Processing Service supporting complex OR cases and appropriate RME instrumentation sets.
      - Board certification from a VA-approved certifying body preferred.
      - Experience managing reusable medical equipment (RME) in a complex healthcare environment.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.

      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.
      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.




  • BenefitsOpen Benefits SectionClose Benefits Section





  • How To ApplyOpen How To Apply SectionClose How To Apply Section

    • 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 01/12/2018 to receive consideration.

      1. 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.
      2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

      NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

      To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.




  • Additional DetailsOpen Additional Details SectionClose Additional Details Section

    • Series: 0610-Nurse


      Job Pay Type: Per Year


      Job Openings:


      Job Position: CBBS-10108869-18-LMR




      The Chief, Sterile Processing Service (SPS) is the administrative and accountable official for the sterile processing activities performed within the organization. These activities include all decontamination, disinfection, and sterilization processes required to render the safe use of reusable medical equipment (RME) and devices used in all areas of patient care. The individual is a professional registered nurse and must incorporate standards of practice for sterile processing and infection control with seasoned peri-operative clinical experience and knowledge in support of the mission of the clinical areas.

      The incumbent functions as an administrator, educator, and consultant utilizing management theory in collaboration with Nursing and most other services throughout the VA San Diego Healthcare System and its sites of care. The SPS Chief must establish and maintain effective relationships with all levels of medical center personnel and relate effectively with customers and the community as well as program and service leaders at the local, network, and national levels. Operational and performance requirements are directed from the VA National Office of Sterile Processing.

      The SPS Chief is required to ensure personnel performing reprocessing activities are appropriately educated and trained using a fully developed continuing education program. The incumbent has advanced knowledge in areas of patient care practices, surgical techniques, asepsis, disinfection/sterilization, adult education, communication, and program administration.

      The individual is required to assess processes, collect outcomes data, analyze data for trends and to identify risks, integrate improvement strategies, and ensure performance metrics are established and met.

      The incumbent develops key relationships with stakeholders who are needed to:
      1) Assist providers, nurse managers and healthcare workers to carry out the functions and activities expected of them;
      2) Contribute ideas and recommendations for the establishment of standards of care, policies, and objectives for the enhancement of nursing and sterile processing organization-wide;
      3) Assist in policy-making activities as related to customer service and the overall functioning of administrative and clinical programs; and
      4) Collaborate with other organizational staff to establish and maintain programs that cross service and/or discipline lines and influence VA San Diego Healthcare System's (VASDHS) mission and health care delivery.

      The incumbent is responsible for service budget and provides oversight regarding specialized surgical equipment contracts completing required education and training to ensure competency. S/he demonstrates clinical, managerial, and mandatory competencies of the position. The incumbent ensures the practice of SPS is consistent with the VA Standards, such as, VA Handbook 1116, VHA Directives, VISN 22 policies and external standards, such as, The Joint Commission, The Association of peri-operative Registered Nurses (AORN), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
      The SPS Chief plays a leadership role in ongoing systematic evaluation and improvement of quality and effectiveness of SPS processes and practices. The incumbent assesses educational needs of the SPS staff and implements an education plan to meet these needs. The SPS Chief collaborates with all services within the medical center. In particular, the SPS Chief collaborates directly with Infection Control and Nurse Manager of peri-operative services.

      Work Schedule: Full time, Permanent, 80 hours per two-week period, (M-F, 8-hour shift between 7:30am- 4:00pm). The specific Tour of Duty may be negotiated during the final interview process. Overtime/weekend may be required to meet patient needs.







Best Care / Best Careers

To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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