Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse - Infection Control in San Francisco, California

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • San Francisco, CA
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: 1824602

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 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 professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

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 Infection Control Nurse (ICN) is responsible for implementation of the Medical Center's Infection Control Program (ICP), insuring high quality practices to prevent and control transmission of infection across all sites and programs. The incumbent demonstrates leadership, experience, and creative approaches to management of complex clinical and administrative infection control issues in execution of position responsibilities, possesses the ability to interact with a wide variety of employees and works independently in accomplishing program goals and objectives.

This position is responsible to the Chief of Quality Management. The duties include but not limited to:

  • Provides clinical Infection Control (IC) expertise for all programs and across all settings in the health care facility.
  • Collects, monitors, analyzes, reports and makes recommendations relative to IC surveillance and other data
  • Communicates, implements, and monitors compliance with IC regulatory and accreditation standards and requirements
  • Represents the ICP on critical facility committees and teams (e.g. Environment of Care Committee, Accident Review Board, Commodities Standards Board, Construction Safety Committee, Construction Review Rounds Team, Sharps Safety Evaluation Team)
  • Develops IC educational programs for all staff and assists in development and updating of IC policies across departments along with educating staff.
  • Assists in interpreting IC standards for regulating and accreditation agencies.
  • Provides infection risk analysis related to patients, families, staff, and environment, including construction.
  • Provides orientation to IC programs and policies for new employees
  • Communicates and interacts appropriately and courteously with internal and external customers
  • Maintains confidentiality of patient/employee information in all forms
  • Consistently utilizes and demonstrates applicable principles of IC in daily work and uses all barrier attire items appropriately as prescribed in Infection Control Policy
  • Integrates pertinent aspects of performance in improvement into his/her professional practice
  • Utilizes current evidence based IC literature and research in daily practice.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, with flexible hours to meet program needs.

Functional Statement Number: 000000.

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel to CBOCs may be 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.
  • Recruitment/Relocation Incentive is authorized.


  • U.S. citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certification, or Registration required.
  • 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; 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 in nursing or related field and approximately 2-3 year’s of nursing practice/experience.

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.

Preferred Experience: Master's Degree in Nursing or Master's degree in a related field with a BSN from an accredited or regionally accredited college or university with five (5) years of successful clinical Nursing practice.

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: Position is subject to a pre-employment physical and medical examination. Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13”to 16”; Hearing (aid permitted)

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.

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: $85,982.00 to $144,587.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453274900

Job Announcement Number: NQ-17-ERS-1824602-BU