Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Registered Nurse (Infection Preventionist) in Bedford, Massachusetts

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

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (11 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/30/2016 (37 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1823915

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?

The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial (ENRM) Veterans Hospital serves over 18,000 veterans annually throughout the state of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and surrounding states and is affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine. In addition to our mission of Primary Care, Mental Health and Long Term Care, we offer specialized medical care programs such as: Substance Abuse, Mental Health Intensive Case Management, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, Veterans Resource and Recovery Center, Comprehensive Work Therapy Program, Palliative Care, Geriatrics and Extended Care, and Home-Based Primary Care.

In addition to the main facility in Bedford, services are offered at three community-based outpatient clinics located in Gloucester, Haverhill, and Lynn, Massachusetts.

The hospital is currently authorized 461 Hospital Beds: 304 Community Living Beds, 50 Domiciliary Beds, 65 Hospital Beds, and 42 Transitional Housing Beds.

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 Registered Nurse (Infection Preventionist) is assigned to the Performance Management Service of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial (ENRM) VA Hospital located in Bedford, Massachusetts. The incumbent has direct oversight and responsibility for the medical center's Infection Control Program. The duties of this position include but are not limited to:

  • defines, implements and evaluates a facility-wide program using a coordinated process to reduce the risks of endemic and epidemic infections in patients, healthcare workers, and visitors;
  • participates in the development of infection prevention and control program policies and procedures;
  • maintains a system for surveillance and reporting of infections among patients and personnel;
  • provides a coordinated interface between the Infection Control and Occupational Health program;
  • reports information about infections appropriately within the facility, associated community-based outpatient clinics, and to public health;
  • inspects regularly the sanitary and safety conditions of various departments/services and recommends appropriate actions;
  • assesses, monitors, and adapts the Infection Control program to assure ongoing effectiveness;
  • reviews infection control policies in relation to compliance with current standards;
  • collaborates with Environmental Rounds Team to improve cleanliness and compliance with Infection Control policies;
  • serves as a resource and consultant regarding Infection Control;
  • maintains written materials, teaching devices, special equipment and other resources for the use of personnel;
  • cooperates with faculty responsible for educational programs in order to contribute to student learning and experience;
  • conducts investigations of known or suspected occurrences of infection among patients, personnel and visitors to the hospital; and
  • serves on community committees to reduce infections, percutaneous injuries, and other targeted groups responding to identifies problems..

Work Schedule: Monday- Friday; 07:30 AM-04:00 PM

Functional Statement Title: Infection Preventionist

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • 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.

  • 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 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; 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 years 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: Infection Prevention experience and/or Master's degree in Nursing, Public Health or related field with at least 3 years advanced level of nursing practice is strongly preferred.

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:Heavy lifting (45 lbs and over); heavy carrying (45 lbs and over); straight pulling; pushing; reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 6 hours): standing (up to 6 hours); kneeling (up to 2 hours); repeated bending (up to 4 hours): both legs required; ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; ability to distinguish basic colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional stability; intelligible speech. The incumbent must be mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in potentially stressful situations and able to shift priorities based on individual needs.

Security Clearance


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: $65,881.00 to $129,974.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453241700

Job Announcement Number: UL-17-IS-1823915-BU