Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration RN - Chief, Sterile Processing Services in Fort Meade, South Dakota

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

Opened Friday 9/9/2016 (42 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 9/8/2017 (322 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1797755

This is an Open and Continuous Announcement. This position may be filled prior to the closing date. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for this vacancy. Applications will be reviewed every two weeks; qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official at that time. If it is filled prior to the closing date, recruitment will be terminated.


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 VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, and cultural and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling; the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Harney Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo.

With primary campuses at Fort Meade and Hot Springs and numerous Community Based Outpatient Clinics, VA BHHCS provides primary and secondary medical and surgical care, along with Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program services, for Veterans from North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. VA Black Hills Health Care is part of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23) -- where we've been caring for America's Heroes for over 100 years.

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.


This position reports directly to the Associate Director for Patient Care Services. The incumbent will perform administrative and personnel management functions relative to the staff supervised in Sterile, Processing and Decontamination (SPS) at the VA Black Hills Health Care System. This includes establishing guidelines for performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee supervisory performance management systems. The Chief SPS provides leadership by identifying and maintaining SPS standards for the practice of all services and care lines and contributes to the fulfillment of the mission of the clinical areas.

In the supervisor role, the Chief SPS:

  • participates in assessing the decontamination, high level disinfection/sterilization, and pre-cleaning processes within the Health care System
  • oversees cleaning and reprocessing of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) utilized throughout the medical center and CBOCs
  • responsible for the development, education, updating, maintaining and competency of all staff across service lines in regard to standard operating procedures for decontamination, disinfection and sterilization of all RME within the Health Care System
  • responsible for distribution, generic inventory package maintenance, and budget/procurement of SPS
  • participates in assessing the environment, analyzing trends, transmitting data, communicating ideas, developing and implementing policies, initiating programs and systems and collaborating in the management of resources

The incumbent should have the knowledge in the areas of patient care practices, asepsis, disinfection/sterilization, adult education, communication and program administration. The Chief SPS demonstrates expertise and comprehensive understanding of the decontamination/sterilization process.

The Chief SPS is responsible for assessing, monitoring, developing and assisting with implementing corrective action plans ensuring all functions of SPS are functioning effectively, regardless of organization alignment.

The incumbent is responsible for the development, administration, and validation of initial and annual competencies for staff performing reprocessing of RME and for all personnel involved in using the reprocessing equipment.

The Chief of SPS:

  • Provides leadership in the application of the nursing process to client care, organizational processes and/or systems, improving outcomes at the program or service level.
  • Provides leadership in identifying and addressing ethical issues that impact clients and staff, including initiating and participating in ethics consultations.
  • Uses the group process to identify, analyze, and resolve care problems.
  • Coaches colleagues in team building.
  • Makes sustained contributions to health care by sharing expertise within and or outside the medical facility.

Location: This position is located in the Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS) Service Line at the Fort Meade, South Dakota VA Medical Center

Work Schedule:Monday through Friday, 7:30am – 4:00pm

Functional Statement Title:Chief Sterile Processing and Decontamination; Nurse III, Supervisor Path

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel will be required to alternate VA Black Hills sites
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
  • Must submit all required documents.

*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. 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; ORan ADN or Diploma in Nursing and a bachelor's degree in a related field with no additional nursing practice/experience; ORa 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; 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: 2 to 3 years sterile processing or high level surgical experience, as well as 2-3 years progressive leadership experience is required.

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 (up to 4 hrs); Pushing (up to 4 hrs); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 7-8 hrs); Standing (7-8 hrs); Repeated bending (up to 7-8 hrs); Both legs required; Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Specific visual requirement to be able to read typed characters; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of color; Hearing (aid permitted); Emotional and mental stability required.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents), we will review applications, every two weeks, 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 who 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: $48,480.00 to $93,018.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: VN-0610-00/00

Promotion Potential: 03

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: United States Citizens. Non-Citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

Control Number: 450043400

Job Announcement Number: BH-16-OC-398R-LP-1797755