Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse - Infection Control Practitioner in Seattle, Washington

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Seattle, WA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 9/29/2016 (21 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Puget Sound area hosts some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States. Within three hours' drive you can be walking near glaciers, on beaches, through old-growth forests, and along ridge lines between knifelike peaks still sporting snow deep into August. The area proudly showcases more than 350 art installations and exciting sports teams.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1814118

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?

With a reputation for excellence, innovation and extraordinary care of our Nation's heroes, VA Puget Sound strives to lead the nation in terms of quality, efficiency and public service through its proven record of innovation and extraordinary care of Veterans. As the primary referral site for VA's northwest region, VA Puget Sound provides care for Veteran populations encompassing Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Oregon. Since 1923, VA Puget Sound Health Care System has distinguished itself as a leader in teaching, research and patient care while earning prestigious recognition as part of the largest health care network in the country. We consider it our privilege to serve the health care needs of more than 80,000 Veterans living in the Pacific Northwest. VA Puget Sound serves Veterans from a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest. We have two main divisions: American Lake and Seattle. In addition to our main medical centers we offer services to our patients in seven community-based outpatient clinics in Bellevue, Bremerton, Federal Way, Mount Vernon, North Seattle, South Sound and Port Angeles.

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.

Recruitment/Relocation incentives are not authorized for this position

* All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA*

Full time VA Nurses earn 8 hours of annual leave and 4 hours of sick leave every pay period. There are 10 paid Federal holidays. VA Puget Sound offers free onsite parking for employees or take advantage of generous transit benefits.

This job opportunity announcement has been extended.


The Infection Control Nurse is a professional registered nurse who is accountable for the multiple facets of the VAPSHCS Infection Control Program. The Infection control Nurse utilizes effective prevention and control activities that are specific to the practice setting, the population served, and the continuum of care. The infection Control Nurse:

  • integrates surveillance findings into the organization's plan for improvement of practice and patient outcomes
  • reviews, analyzes, and applies existing regulations, standards, and/or guidelines of applicable professional organizations and government agencies
  • recommends new or revised practices or procedures based on currently accepted, evidence based infection prevention and control strategies
  • reviews, analyzes and applies pertinent information from current scientific literature and publications
  • integrates relevant public health issues into practice
  • identifies populations who are at high risk for infection, utilizing the principles of human growth and development to assess patient's requirements relative to age-specific needs
  • applies epidemiological principles and statistical methods, including risk stratification, to identify target populations, analyze trends and risk factors, and design and evaluate prevention and control strategies
  • conducts investigations by using epidemiological principles
  • uses appropriate statistical techniques to describe that data, calculate rates and critically evaluate significance of findings
  • uses a systematic approach to surveillance to monitor the effectiveness of prevention and control strategies that are consistent with the organization's goals and objectives
  • develops a surveillance plan based on the populations served, services provided and previous surveillance data if available
  • ensures surveillance design is consistent with selected internal and external comparative data bases
  • selects indicators based on the projected use of the data
  • uses standardized definitions for the identification and classification of events, indicators, or outcomes
  • analyzes surveillance data utilizing internal and external benchmarks
  • reports epidemiological significant findings to the appropriate customer
  • periodically evaluates the effectiveness of the surveillance plan an d modifies as necessary
  • systematically evaluates the quality and effectiveness of the infection control program appropriate to the practice setting
  • develops and annually reviews a program plan with measurable objectives
  • determines appropriate resources needed to accomplish the proposed plan
  • communicates any resource variance to administration and modifies program plan if needed
  • periodically evaluates the effectiveness of the infection control program

Work Schedule:**days, 0730-1600

*Functional Statement Title: *Infection Control RN

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.


  • 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 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.
  • 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 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; 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; 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; 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; OR a Doctoral degree in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year's of nursing practice/experience.

Preferred Experience:

  • Masters degree in Nursing, Epidemiology, Public Health or related field
  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC). 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.

*Education/Experience Requirements: *

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Associate degree in Nursing with Bachelor degree in related field
  • 5 years successful nursing practice in acute clinical nursing or relevant experience and familiarity with Infection Control standards relating to the Joint Commission, OSHA, Federal and other Public Health agencies

Physical Requirements:This position involves considerable amount of standing (up to 2 hours), walking (up to 6 hours), stooping, bending, reaching, lifting, and turning. It requires repositioning patients, assisting with transfers from wheelchairs/stretchers and transporting them to other departments or facilities. Mechanical devices are available and are required to be used for heavy or difficult to lift clients. The work may involve pushing or lifting in excess of 45 pounds and going up and down flights of stairs. The position requires visual (corrected to 20/30 or better with color discrimination) and auditory acuity at a level to provide safe and effective nursing care. The position requires the nurse to work for periods of time with arms above shoulder level or with neck in a fully flexed or extended position. The nurse may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia or psychiatric disorders. The nurse many be exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing in isolation situations or operative/invasive procedures. The incumbent must possess sound and logical clinical judgment. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. The position also requires ability to work on computers for extended periods of time.

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 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.

Other Information

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.

Salary Range: $58,814.00 to $112,011.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 451986400

Job Announcement Number: VP-16-RET-1814118-BU