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Registered Nurse (Sterile Fields/Surgical Instruments)

Company: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Prescott
Posted on: September 5, 2019

Job Description:

The Surgical Nurse is accountable for adhering to established polices, standards of care and standards of practice and for demonstrating leadership and accomplishments when providing patient care and in initiating and resolving care problems to improve the delivery of patient care. Functions in a non-supervisory capacity, although is expected to serve as a clinical leader.

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP) authorizes VA to provide student loan reduction payments to employees with qualifying loans who are in health care positions providing direct patient care services and are in positions that are considered hard to recruit or retain. The loan must be for the health professional's education that qualified the applicant for a specific position. Each Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facility determines which positions are hard to recruit and retain and when the facility will offer EDRP for these positions. EDRP is a recruitment and retention incentive only offered or approved for certain positions, one criteria must have a direct patient care responsibility. EDRP may be authorized for this position.

The Surgical Clinic RN, Nurse II, demonstrates leadership in delivering and improving holistic care through collaborative strategies with others.

Accountable to Specialty and Diagnostics (S&D) Nurse Manger.

Duties consist of assisting with the various clinics including: Surgery, Endoscopy, GI, Urology and Podiatry as well as scrubbing and circulating for various procedures. Other duties such as ordering supplies, instrumentation, revision of policies and procedures, participating in performance improvement and serving on councils as assigned are also the responsibility of the Surgical Clinic RN.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredBasic Requirements:


  • United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only 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 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.
  • Minimum two years of RN experience is required.


    Preferred Experience/Characteristics:


    • Two years of Sterile Field, Pre/Intra/PACU, surgical prep, surgical instruments
    • Poise and articulation in communicating with people of varied education levels and backgrounds
    • Willingness to work cooperatively as a team member
    • Self motivation in pursuit of meeting standards
    • Efficient work relationship in collaborative efforts with other health professions
    • Experience providing leadership and education to staff and caregivers
    • Ability to appropriately determine cost-effectiveness when using resources


      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.


        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:


        • visual acuity
        • keen hearing
        • clear distinctive speech
        • manual dexterity
        • ability to walk, stand, stoop, sit, bend, pull and push for long periods of time
        • ability to transfer patients and objects
        • ability to don protective clothing when exposed to infected patients and contaminated materials
        • maturity and flexibility
        • ability to work efficiently in stressful situations

Keywords: US Department of Veterans Affairs, Prescott , Registered Nurse (Sterile Fields/Surgical Instruments), Healthcare , Prescott, Arizona

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