Supervisory Medical Supply Technician(SPS) - Assistant Chief
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 617771200
The Assistant Chief, Sterile Processing, contributes to the oversight of all supervision, administrative management, and direction of the Sterile Processing Service. The incumbent in this position oversees all decontamination, sterilization, and disposition of facility critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment. The Assistant Chief develops and maintains a system of internal reviews that ensure service programs operate in compliance with regulatory and accrediting organizations. The Assistant Chief, Sterile Processing Service and fills an advanced performance level supervisory role in the Sterile Processing Service (SPS). In this position, the incumbent will provide supervision over staff who perform sterilization, preparation of 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 the Sterile Processing Service. At the GS9 level, a supervisory MST is one of the most experienced technicians and may perform the full range of supervisory duties that include but are not limited to assigning, planning, and evaluating work, recommending awards, approving leave, identifying training needs, and resolving staff issues. Supervisors evaluate completed work for overall technical soundness and conformance to agency policies through competency assessment utilizing simulation, direct observation, and verbal responses from the incumbent. The Assistant Chief oversees all decontamination, sterilization, and disposition of facility critical and semi-critical RME. Perform all functions of subordinate a Medical Supply Technician (MST) including, but not limited to: Responsible for assisting the Chief, Sterile Processing Services (SPS), in oversight of all operational and administrative activities of the service. Responsible for the quality management system activities within Sterile Processing Services, to include training, competency assessment, development and enforcement of standard operating procedures. Through subordinate Lead Technicians provides technical and direct supervision over GS5 through GS8 Medical Supply Technicians. Manages, directs and adapts work to accomplish program goals and objectives, and to meet new and changing program requirements. Assists Chief, SPS, in managing the SPS Equipment Inventory Listing (EIL) for equipment assigned to SPS such as sterilizers, washer/disinfector, ultrasonic, sealers through the nonexpendable property program for the assigned facility/system and requests replacement of all equipment under their purview as needed. In the absence of the Chief, serves as a member or in an advisory capacity on committees such as Commodity Standardization, Infection Control, Environment of Care, and Reusable Medical Equipment. In addition, the Assistant Chief is required to attend regularly scheduled meetings as assigned to represent SPS and to provide written and verbal reports as required. Issues, adapts, implements and maintains local SPS policies and procedures as applicable to specific facility/system programs. Assists the Chief, SPS in developing, directing and maintaining a Quality Control Program ensuring product quality assurance through random sampling, biological monitoring, product assessment and other means, and providing specific reports as required. Solicits assistance from, or responds to, inquiries from outside regulatory and advisory agencies to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures from organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), Joint Commission (JC), International Association for Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM), Association of peri Operative Nurses (AORN), and others. Responsible for facilitating training of various aspects of SPS, including reprocessing and inventory management. Conducts departmental orientation, training, skills review and assists with educational programs to maintain high staff quality performance standards. Identifies and promotes staff development. Responsible for coordination and integration of production requirements to meet needs of customers, both scheduled and non-scheduled. Assists Chief, SPS in preparing and evaluating future scheduling projects, anticipating future workload requirements to forecast appropriate staffing levels. In conjunction with Chief, SPS, responsible for developing policies and procedures that meet the infection prevention standards set by JC, AAMI, AORN, IAHCSMM and others and for monitoring compliance with those policies to meet established local, VISN, VHA and JC requirements for safe patient care. Knowledgeable and prepared to function as Acting Chief of the service. Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm 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.