Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN -Infection Preventionist in Saint Louis, Missouri

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Saint Louis, MO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (13 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1818372

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.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

The VA St Louis is a full-service health care facility providing inpatient and ambulatory care in medicine, surgery, psychiatry, neurology, and rehabilitation, as well as over 65 subspecialty areas. It is a two-division facility that serves veterans and their families in east central Missouri and southwestern Illinois.

The John Cochran Division has all of the medical center's operative surgical capabilities, the ambulatory care unit, and a six-story Clinical Addition that includes surgical facilities, intensive care units, outpatient psychiatry clinics, and expanded laboratory.

The Jefferson Barracks Division provides psychiatric treatment, regional spinal cord injury treatment, a nursing home care unit, geriatric health care, rehabilitation services, and a rehabilitation domiciliary program for homeless veterans.

The St. Louis VA Medical Center is associated with Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) in Belleville, IL; O'Fallon, MO (St. Charles County); and St. Louis, MO (North St. Louis County); and Washington, MO.

Relocation Authorized: No

Travel Required: None

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.


The duty station is the John Cochran Division; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the medical center. This position is in the bargaining unit. This announcement may be used to fill identical positions vacated within 90 days of any selections made from the original announcement.


The Infection Preventionist provides program coordination and leadership in all aspects of infection prevention and control across VA St Louis Health Care System. This position's primary focus is surgical site surveillance, support and operative and invasive procedures. Excellent communication and customer services skills are required. The incumbent responsibilities involve the following:

  1. Serves in capacity of consultant to administrative and clinical staff providing structure and maintenance of the Infection Prevention and Control Program in order to accomplish quality patient care in the most cost effective manner.

  2. Coordinates administrative and surveillance functions of infection prevention and control, supports continuous improvement in patient care, organizational functions and major structures with important functions: VA mandated programs, accreditation standards, and other external requirements.

  3. Promotes the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations

  4. Functions as a team member of the Patient Care Services and assists with duties as assigned.

  5. Develops, implements, maintains and evaluates facility wide programming for Infection Prevention program.

  6. Conducts an annual organizational risk assessment to direct surveillance and infection control program priorities and strategies.

  7. Utilizes sound epidemiological principles in conducting surveillance and investigation of infections.

  8. Provides consultation and guidance on infection risk, prevention and control strategies.

  9. Develops and provides source educational materials and education programs.

  10. Serves as a resource to staff, patients and families related to Infection Prevention and Control.

  11. Collects and analyzes infection data.

  12. Initiates interventions according to direct improvements in organizational practices, the environment of care, and patient care outcomes.

  13. Monitors key components of program for compliance with established performance guidelines.

  14. Maintains data records and correspondence pertinent to Infection Prevention and Control programming and assigned clinical reviews.

  15. Conducts systematic reviews of clinical processes as assigned.

  16. Identifies opportunities to improve the Infection Prevention and Control Program.

  17. Reduces health-care acquired infections and employee risks to improve customer service.

  18. Demonstrates commitment to safety and highest quality of care and the ability to lead programs and/or teams

The Associate Director of Patient Care Services, VA St Louis Health Care System, is the immediate supervisor of the Infection Preventionist.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may 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 andaccredited 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. o 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)

  • 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 III - An ADN or Diploma in Nursing and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience; ORan ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; ORa BSN with approximately 1-2 years of nursing practice/experience; ORa 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; ORADN or Diploma in Nursing and a Bachelor's degree in a related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience; ORa Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 year's of nursing practice/experience; ORa 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; ORa Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience:

**1. MSN or related health degree required.

  1. Three years of experience in infection control/prevention experience required.

  2. Certification in infection control (CIC) or obtain CIC within two years of employment

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.

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: 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.


Physical Requirements:

The Physical requirements of this position include the following tasks which may be performed intermittently: lifting of up to 50 lbs. (3 hours), sitting (2 hours), standing (4 hours), walking (8 hours), climbing (1 hour), kneeling (3 hours), bending/stooping (3 hours), twisting (2 hours), pushing/pulling (6 hours), simple grasping (8 hours), fine manipulation (8 hours), reaching above the shoulder (4 hours), and operating machinery (8 hours).

For additional information on Physical Standards please see VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next


After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Annual leave shall accrue for full-time Nurses, and Nurse Anesthetists at the rate of 8 hours for each full biweekly pay period.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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

Other Information

Salary Range: $66,324.00 to $104,961.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453198000

Job Announcement Number: STL-T38-17-GFH-1818372