The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-6. At the GS-3, GS-4 and GS-5 grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence.
You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-6. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.
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This position is in the Sterile Processing Service. The incumbent will perform the following duties not limited to, but includes:
Performs all aspects of reprocessing of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) and instrumentation within the Sterile Processing Service. Inspects, tests and assembles a full range of sets and trays used throughout the medical center including those used in the Operating Room and Dental Department. Assemblies range from simple sets of several instruments to very complex sets up to ninety instruments such as complex handsets, chest set, orthopedic, vascular set etc.
Receives periodic training in such areas on the use and functioning of new surgical instruments and equipment, sterilization and disinfection processes, RME training, and other topics. Disassembles the RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as, but not limited to ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents, as determined by manufacturer instructions. Inspects, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as, but not limited to steam, Sterrad, ETO, and high-level disinfecting scope reprocessors.
Assembles and selects the correct sterilizing method for a variety of costly and delicate equipment such as micro instruments, Eye instruments, flexible Bronchoscopes, Flexible ENT Scopes, Flexible Cystoscopes, and other flexible and rigid endoscopes. Accommodates special and emergent requirements through consultation and coordination with the medical surgical professional staff. Relationships with management, co-workers, patients, and the public are consistently courteous, respectful, and cooperative in nature.
Displays a cooperative attitude and will effectively work together to implement the organization's mission and goals. Incumbent will ensure productivity is maintained at the established level. Maintains integrity and high standards of behavior which reflect credit upon employees, the healthcare system, and the Department of Veterans Affairs both on and off duty.
Provides the customer with consistent information according to established policies and procedures. Handles conflict and problems in dealing with customers constructively and appropriately.
Work Schedule: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm, 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, on call for after hours, weekends and holidays. Shifts may vary due to operational needs.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
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0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
You may be required to serve a probationary period
Subject to a background/security investigation
Must be proficient in written and spoken English
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
Citizenship: Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g.)
English Language Proficiency: Applicants must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, part II, chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
Experience: Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work;
Education: 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;
Experience/Education Combination: Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
In addition to the basic requirements for employment stated above, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.
GS-03 (Entry Level)
(a) Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
(b) Assignment. This is an entry level MST position. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision.
GS-04 (Developmental Level)
(a) Experience. Six months experience as a MST, operating room or surgical technician or other position that demonstrated knowledge of sterile processing in a clinical setting; OR
(b) Education. Two years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:
1.Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.
2.Basic knowledge of medical terminology in order to assemble specialty operating room/clinic instrument sets.
3.Basic knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.
4.Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
(d) Assignment. This is a developmental level MST position.
Performs segments of work pertaining to the decontamination, sterilization and inspection of reusable medical equipment (RME). Completes segments of work pertaining to the assembly of basic sets and trays for use in the medical center. Operates equipment involved in sterilization processes. Prepares operating room case carts. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision.
GS-05 (Developmental Level)
(a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; OR
(b) Education. Four academic years above high school leading to a Bachelor's degree with at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation or a Bachelor's degree.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1.Basic knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.
2.Basic knowledge of event-related packaging in regards to sterility.
3.Knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.
(d) Assignment: This is a developmental level MST position.
Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other containments by wiping, soaking, rinsing, and scrubbing. Inspects packages for indications of proper sterilization, assembles basic sets and trays used throughout the medical center including those used in the operating room. Prepares, loads, and operates sterilizers such as steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and a high level disinfecting scope reprocessor; prepares operating room case carts daily using surgery schedule. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex tasks and require direct supervision on new assignments.
GS-06 (Full Performance 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.Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.
2.Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.
3.Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures.
4.Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation.
5.Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures.
(c) Assignment. This is the full performance level for the occupation.
Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in the decontamination area and may receive noncritical equipment in the decontamination area as well. Disassembles the RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as but not limited to ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents, as determined by manufacturer instructions. Inspects, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as but not limited to steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and high level disinfecting scope reprocessors. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment.
References: VA Handbook 5005/83, Part II, Appendix G47, MEDICAL SUPPLY TECHNICIAN (STERILE PROCESSING)
QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated July 7, 2015, at http://vaww.va.gov/OHRM/Directives-Handbooks/Documents/5005.pdf
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-03, GS-04, GS-05 or GS-06.
The work requires standing, balance, walking/moving during the entire workday, frequent bending, twisting, turning and lifting of packages.
The work requires dexterity to inspect RME and lift baskets and containers weighing 35 pounds. Work requires regular pushing loaded carts weighing several hundred pounds. Necessity for dexterity and visual acuity for manipulating, disassembly and assembly of instrumentation. Work requires depth perception, ability to distinguish colors and ability to hear equipment sounds, equipment and safety alarm devices.
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.
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