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Date:  Jun 22, 2022


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Requisition No: 640143 

Agency: Veterans Affairs

Working Title: NURSING PROGRAM SPECIALIST - IP - 50453502

Position Number: 50453502 

Salary:  $60,000.20 

Posting Closing Date: 07/01/2022 

**Anticipated Vacancy**




Ardie R. Copas State Veterans’ Nursing Home

Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, FL

Annual Salary: $60,000.20

Paid Bi-Weekly

This position is eligible for overtime pay!


Excellent retirement package and optional deferred compensation plan.  Health, vision, dental, disability, and other supplemental insurance available at reasonable premium rates.  Paid vacation and sick leave. Nine (9) paid holidays and personal day.  Tuition waiver available for State Universities and Community Colleges (up to 6 credits per semester). Education and employment history must be verifiable.  Please attach any credentials you claim (degrees, certifications, etc.) to your application.



  • Licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse.
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in nursing or a related field AND two years of nursing experience. A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in nursing, nursing education, public health, or a related field may substitute for one year of the nursing experience. (Professional nursing experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.)
  • Current CPR certification.
  • Must have excellent computer skills.
  • Successful completion of the employment screening process to include, but not limited to, a national background investigation and drug test.


  • Experience in a long-term health care environment (skilled nursing facility; nursing home; assisted living facility).
  • Experience in staff education / staff development.
  • Supervisory experience.


The selected candidate will be responsible for emphasizing the prevention and management of infections. The Nursing Program Specialist/Infection Preventionist will establish goals and priorities for the Infection Control Prevention and Control Program and plan and implement strategies to achieve those goals, monitoring the implementation of the program (including the disciplinary team’s infection control practices), and responding to errors, problems, or other identified issues.

In the absence of the DON, the incumbent is responsible for the nursing operations of the facility.

Additional activities involved in the Infection Control Prevention and Program development and oversight include, but are not limited to:

Monitor facility infection control program, including employee health, as well as execution of all recordkeeping requirements. Implementing appropriate infection control Policies and procedures and training staff on them.  Identifying the staff’s roles and responsibilities for the routine implementation of the program as well as in case of an outbreak of a communicable disease, an episode of infection, or the threat of a bio-hazard attack. Monitoring and documenting infections, including tracking and analyzing outbreaks of infection as well as implementing and documenting actions to resolve related problems.  Incorporate an antibiotic stewardship program into the infection control program.

Defining and managing appropriate resident health initiatives, such as:

The immunization program (influenza, pneumonia, etc.); Tuberculosis screening on admission and following the discovery of a new case, and managing active cases consistent with State requirements; Nursing facility liaison to work with local and State health agencies. Managing food safety, including employee health and hygiene, pest control, investigating potential food-borne illnesses, and waste disposal.

Assist Nursing department with care and perform other duties as assigned under direction of the Executive Nursing Director and function as the Assistant Director of Nursing.

Perform other duties as assigned.

This position is in the Career Service system.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Port Saint Lucie