This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. 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. English Language Proficiency. In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), no person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. 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: MSN 2-3 years recent OR/SPS Educator 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Master's degree in nursing or related field with a BSN and approximately 1-2 years 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 years of nursing practice/experience; OR a Doctoral degree and approximately 2-3 years of nursing practice/experience. Note regarding MSN degrees: If your MSN was obtained via a Bridge Program that qualifies for professional nursing registration, a BSN is not required. 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. Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Transferring patients and objects may be required. The incumbent may 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 may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs. Must complete annual Employee Health requirements, such as annual TB screening or testing, as a condition of employment. ["VA offers a comprehensive total rewards package: VA Nurse Total Rewards The Bruce W Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is looking for a Registered Nurse (SPS Educator) to work in the Sterile Processing Service. The Nursing Educator is a registered nurse who assumes responsibility for the overall education and competency development for assigned employees/services with a specific focus on Sterile Processing and Re-usable Medical Devices (RMD). This nurse also assumes responsibility for oversight of critical RMD training for inpatient and clinic staff. The incumbent will work collaboratively with the manager/supervisor of SPS, RME Coordinator, and Infection Prevention team to assure that all staff working within SPS and throughout the agency will maintain competency. This will include the completion of the Level 1 and Level 2 certification training, continuing education, and competency assessment and development. This individual performs independently demonstrating competency in assessing educational needs, providing appropriate learning, evaluating programs and improving learning through evidence-based approach. The incumbent understands and incorporates adult learning theory principles into all educational products. SPS Educator serves as a role model and, a resource to staff. The incumbent demonstrates leadership qualities by serving on hospital committees as designated by the SPS Chief. The SPS Educator will integrate expressed learning needs communicated by services/units in planning and implementing meaningful educational programs. This position may include additional duties as assigned including travel to the Broward Outpatient Clinic. Other duties include but are not limited to: Develops and maintains training programs for staff, coordinates, and documents competency records, and maintains all certification records Develops, implements, evaluates, revises programs of orientation, progression pipeline for SPS, in-service training, workshops, and continuing education. Performs a range of clinical, consultative and educational activities within the Perioperative and Central Sterile Processing areas. Creates and evaluates new policies, protocols, or procedures as demanded by new rules, guidelines, standards, or equipment purchases dictate in conjunction with service chief Develops and implements interactive, scenario-based learning programs for sterile processing related responsibilities Conducts and incorporates an annual needs assessment for competency of staff. Assesses the competency and evaluates the proficiency of the of sterile processing staff Provides guidance for sterile processing certifications and continuing education units for certification renewals Revises and updates on-line course work, competencies, etc. based on departmental changes that are in line with new regulations Provides individualized orientation and education for all instrument care and SPS staff in conjunction with the Perioperative Education staff Assists with new hire orientation for the sterile processing departments Assist with creation of SOP following the Manufacturer Instructions for Use. Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases, potential for performance awards Paid Time Off: 50 days of paid time off per year (26 days of annual leave, 13 days of sick leave, 11 paid Federal holidays per year) Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement) Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory Work Schedule: Monday-Friday; 7:30am-4:00pm; flexible off tours as needed Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact, VISN 8 Compensation Center of Excellence at VISN8CCOE@va.gov for questions/assistance. See \"Additional Information\" section below for more details. 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