The Supervisory MST functions as a first-level supervisor responsible for the oversight of a group of MSTs, with administrative responsibility for planning and directing the work. Oversees attendance and leave, including approval of sick and annual leave and vacation schedules. Informs higher level management of anticipated vacancies or increases in workload. Recommends promotions, reassignments, recognition of superior performance, retention or release of probationary employees. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, part II. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or One year above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in health care related courses such as sterile processing, nursing assistant, hospital corpsman, and operating room and surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; or Equivalent combination of experience abd education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. Foreign Education: To be creditable, education completed outside of the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. Programs. Grade Determinations: In addition to the above Basic Requirements - Medical Supply Technicians for Sterile Processing must also meet the requirements for the GS-8 grade level: (a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to manage, interact and deal with individuals of varying backgrounds. 2. Ability to direct staff and manage tasks to be completed. 3. Ability to oversee and supervise all aspects of decontamination, preparation, sterilization, monitoring, and distribution of RME 4. Ability to perform a full range of supervisory duties, including assigning, planning and evaluating work, recommending awards, approving leave, identifying training needs, and resolving staff issues. Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) The incumbent will have knowledge of the processes for Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as required by this position. The incumbent will be required to maintain current knowledge of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which document the processes and procedures for cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and preparation of RME appropriate to this position. The incumbent will be able to demonstrate their ability to utilize an acceptable proficiency in the use of RME appropriate to this position. (c) Assignment. The Supervisory MST functions as a first-level supervisor responsible for the oversight of a group of MSTs, with administrative responsibility for planning and directing the work. Oversees attendance and leave, including approval of sick and annual leave and vacation schedules. Informs higher level management of anticipated vacancies or increases in workload. Recommends promotions, reassignments, recognition of superior performance, retention or release of probationary employees or other changes of assigned personnel. Holds corrective interviews with employees, referring disciplinary problems to higher levels of management. Resolves informal complaints of employees and deals with union representatives on personnel matters. Provides technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the organizational unit. References: VA Handbook 5005/76, Part II, Appendix G47, Supervisor Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Qualification Standards. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. Preferred Candidate: Holds a IAHCSMM Certification. Physical Requirements: The incumbent usually stands and moves from one part of the room to another while performing duties. The position requires moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); light lifting (under 15 pounds); moderate carrying (15-44 pounds); light carrying (under 15 pounds); straight pulling (up to 2 hours); pushing (up to 2 hours); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking (up to 8 hours); standing (up to 8 hours); repeated bending (up to 1 hour); ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; ability to distinguish basic colors; ability to distinguish shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted). On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. In both, the employee wears personal protective equipment (PPE) and clothing as prescribed by OSHA. While handling contaminated medical instruments, equipment and supplies, the employee is expected to wear a cap, face shield, gloves, a gown, an impervious apron, and boots which tends to make the employee uncomfortably warm. The work area is often hot and humid; subject to excessive noise (intermittent); fumes, smoke, or gases; solvents (degreasing agents); working around machinery with moving parts; working around moving objects or vehicles; slippery or uneven walking surfaces; working with hands in water; working closely with others or alone; protracted or irregular hours of work. ["This is a Supervisory position in Sterile Processing Service as a Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing Technician). In this position, the incumbent will provide supervision and leadership over Sterile Processing Technicians active in sterilization, preparation, supply items and reusable medical equipment decontamination and distribution support for the medical center. The term \"supply item\" as used in this functional statement refers to disposable and reusable items for patient care including instrumentation (scissors, forceps, retractors, etc.), reusable medical equipment (suction machines infusion pumps, etc.),surgical trays and sets and various other items that could be processed or assembled through the Preparation and Decontamination areas of Sterile Processing Service. The incumbent will have knowledge of the processes for Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as required by this position. The incumbent will be required to maintain current knowledge of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which document the processes and procedures for cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and preparation of RME appropriate to this position. The incumbent will be able to demonstrate their ability to utilize an acceptable proficiency in the use of RME appropriate to this position. The work involves the provision of sterile medical and surgical instruments, supplies, equipment and information to Surgery, the wards and clinics located throughout the Medical Center and associated facilities. The work product and timeliness with which it is provided directly affects patient care throughout VAPORHCS and contributes to quality patient care. Receives all reusable, contaminated instrumentation and equipment directly from all patientcare areas, to include the OR Suites, Endoscopy labs, Dental Services, specialty clinics and patient wards. Follows Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for the removal of all soil, blood, tissue fragments, bone, body fluids and other gross contaminants by soaking and hand washing prior to placing into ultrasonic cleaners and/or washer/disinfectors. Disassembles and reassembles equipment and instruments where the internal parts may become contaminated. Operates various kinds of equipment such as ultrasonic, fiber-optic and laparoscopic instrument cleaners; washer-sterilizers/decontaminators, autoclaves, plasma and gas sterilizers and associated devices. Processes a wide array of semi-critical RME to including by not limited to various and diverse endoscopes and probes. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 1300-2130 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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