Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Trainer
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Spokane, Washington
Internal Number: 613363800
Serves as a sterile processing trainer in the Sterile Processing Services (SPS) Section at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center (MGVAMC) in Spokane, Washington. Develops formal and informal written plans for the SPS training program and facilitates training of SPS staff through educational programs and job specific instruction. Duties include, but are not limited to: MST Trainer: Responsible for developing formal and informal written plans for the SPS training program, in compliance with accreditation organizations and VHA-specific requirements as well as medical center policies and procedures for SPS and related staff. Trains new and existing staff on SPS procedures and operations of SPS functions. Facilitates training of SPS staff through educational programs and job specific instruction. Manages integrated training ,programs as it relates to sterile processing procedures. Improves SPS processes by facilitating the application for new technology of reusable medical devices by training all new and existing staff. Develops, monitors, and revises SPS educational programs for both new and existing staff. Documents and assesses staff's training, to identify areas of strength and need. Develops an education plan to maintain and improve knowledge in specialized areas of processing reusable medical devices. Participates in tracking, trending and analyzing education data. Develops and conducts the annual review of the SPS preceptor program. Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing): Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME. Disassembles the RME and determines the correct cleaning method. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment. Maintains knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination, as well as knowledge of sterility principles in-regards to instrumentation. Maintains knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings. Examining and Inspection of Condition of Instrumentation, Supplies and RME: Responsible for the collection and receipt of all used, soiled reusable critical and semi-critical RME, utilizing proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and infection control procedures to prevent cross-contamination of other equipment and personnel during the collection and transport of the soiled RME. Responsible for thorough inspection for cleanliness, damage, deterioration, or imperfections such as rust, pitting and cracks that could affect the quality of patient care. Responsible for ensuring that the items function properly and must be knowledgeable of the purpose and proper usage of medical instrumentation. Cleaning Surgical Instrumentation and RME: Responsible for the systematic manual and automated cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of instrumentation and equipment according to strict Manufacturer Instructions for Use (IFU). Conforms to and ensures that all safety and infection control rules, regulations and requirements in both the decontamination and preparation areas are followed by all personnel working in, or entering, the work area. Quality Assurance: Independently operates a variety of high and low-temperature sterilization equipment. Responsible for ensuring that quality assurance testing of the effectiveness of the equipment operation is completed and documented. Responsible for the proper assembly of complex, technical medical instrumentation and equipment, which requires dexterity, skill, careful positioning of parts, and to ensure the proper function/operation of the equipment and the elimination of any bioburden. Adheres to and/or monitors Medical Center and SPS Infection Control Guidelines pertaining to workflow in regards to the separation of soiled and clean/sterile activities. Assembling, Packaging, Wrapping and Sterilizing Instrumentation for End Users: Responsible for determining proper instrument selection, instrument function/operation, need for instrument protection, and arrangement of items to ensure effective penetration of the sterilant. Effectively processes and sterilizes a wide variety of implant devices in accordance with manufacturer IFU, and ensures non-biologic implants are not released for use until the biological challenge device has completed the incubation process and determines whether the sterilization method was effective. Operations: Utilizes computer programs, to include Microsoft Office components, to perform record keeping, tracking operations, maintain quality assurance records, and communicate with other personnel, both internal and external to the Medical Center. Performs peer training for new employees, as well as user training and instructions to others, both internal and external to the service, regarding the correct operating and preventative maintenance procedures of medical instrumentation and equipment. Work Schedule: 8AM - 4:30PM, Monday - Friday, rotating weekend call, and may include holidays. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Trainer/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.