Oct 22, 2021

WDVA Registered Nurse 3, Infection Control/Quality Assurance, Port Orchard

  • Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Port Orchard, WA, USA

Job Description

Description

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Please Note: The anticipated schedule for this position will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Here at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), we are passionate about our mission of “Serving Those Who Served.” As a national leader in our advocacy for more than 500,000 veterans and their family members, we strive to connect them to earned benefits as well as innovative programs focused on their overall health and wellness. In addition, we provide critical community services through a variety of programs, and at our four State Veterans Homes located in Orting, Port Orchard, Spokane, and Walla Walla. These locations provide Medicare and Medicaid nursing home care to honorably discharged veterans, including, in some instances, their spouses, widows, or Gold Star families.

As an Infection Control/Quality Assurance RN3, you'll be responsible for providing professional nursing services. This includes developing and maintaining a comprehensive Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Plan and Infection Control Program for the WA Veterans Home.

Lend direction to your patients as well as a caring attitude. Bring a smile and your vital knowledge to everyone, every day. Connect with your goals and change lives by applying now!

Duties

Some of what you will be doing includes:

  • Providing oversight and coordination of the QAPI Program; facilitating and chairing the QI Committee.
  • Meeting reporting requirements and monitoring/verifying data collection of QAPI results monthly.
  • Performing audits and collecting data; analyzing, trending and offering solutions to the DNS.
  • Providing oversight and coordination of the Infection Control Program; responsible for infection control standards, tracking and implementation.
  • Conducting regular facility rounds in all departments for discussing, monitoring, and following the practices of infection control, including hand hygiene and isolation precautions with staff.
  • Conducting training sessions, maintaining evidence-based policies and procedures for infection surveillance and prevention, outbreak investigation and regulations.
  • Overseeing immunizations for residents; monitoring TB testing for staff and residents as required.
  • Serving as a member of the Nursing Management Team; attending meetings, serving on committees and ensuring day-shift supervision on a rotating basis.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Current and valid Washington State License to practice as a Registered Nurse.
  • Three (3) years of experience as a Registered Nurse.
  • Capable of lifting up to 60 lbs using proper techniques; capable of reaching for activities such as repositioning or to gain access to supplies; capable of pulling or pushing with sufficient strength.
  • Understanding of accurate methods and practices of nursing and restorative care, personal hygiene and sanitation methods, record keeping, report preparation, infection control procedures and resident's rights.
  • Knowledge of Electronic Medical Records and LTC regulations.
  • Knowledge and skills in Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement principles and practices and Infection Control.
  • Skilled in MS Outlook, Word, Access and Excel.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in nursing.
  • Certification in Infection Control and/or Quality Improvement.
  • Three (3) years of clinical nursing experience.
  • Recent experience in Quality Improvement and Infection Control.
  • Supervisory experience.

Supplemental Information

Application Process:

The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described below.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.

Finalists will be asked to provide a list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.

Other Information:

  • Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), state employees must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified at New Employee Orientation. Please reach out to the HR Office at HR@dva.wa.gov if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.
  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
  • Must comply with health screening requirements by undergoing a tuberculosis skin test.
  • Positions requiring travel must have a valid unrestricted driver's license and must be insured if driving a privately owned vehicle on state business.
  • This position is represented by WSNA.

Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers.