The incumbent will serve as a technical trainer in reprocessing and distribution of Reusable Medical Equipment. The incumbent will collaborate with Chief, SPS and the RME Coordinator to develop education training related to decontamination and sterilization processes. The term "supply item"refers to RME items for patient care including instrumentation, surgical trays and sets and various other items that could be processed or assembled through the Preparation and Decontamination areas of SPS.
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The incumbent must complete Level I and Level II training thereby obtaining Certified Registered Medical Supply Technician status. The incumbent will obtain knowledge of documentation and logging of information and use of the Censitrac tracking system.
Incumbent is expected to:
The incumbent receives and provides continuous training in SPS/RME subject areas such as use, functioning, pre-cleaning, cleaning, decontamination, disinfection, sterilization, processing, packaging, and storage. The employee will conduct education training sessions and complete new employee and ongoing annual competency observations/verification. The employee will research information utilizing, AORN-Association of Operating Room Nurses, AAMI Association for the Advancement Medical Instrumentation-, One Source and manufacturers recommendations for communication to staff. The employee will accomplish education training and competency sessions using methods to include: presentations, demonstrations, media, and electronic delivery.
Work Schedule: 9:00AM - 5:30PM hours
Alternate Tours: 11:00AM-7:30PM hours; 1:00PM-9:30PM hours
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
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
English Language Proficiency: Medical Supply Technician must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
Preferred Experience: One year or more experience in Sterile Processing.
Grade Determinations: GS-07 Grade: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-06). There is no educational substitution at this grade.
Knowledge of Current MST Practices. To be creditable, the experience must have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) associated with MST responsibilities. Experience satisfying this requirement may be paid/non-paid employment as a MST.
Quality of Experience. Qualifying experience must be at a level comparable to MST experience at the next lower grade level of the position being filled. For all assignments above the full performance level, the higher-level duties must consist of significant scope, administrative independence, complexity (difficulty) and range of variety as described in this standard at the specified grade level and be performed by the incumbent at least 25% of the time.
Applicant must also meet the below demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1.Knowledge of SPS and Infection Prevention regulations.
2.Knowledge of procedures and/or operations in training developed for, and operations of SPS functions for both new and existing staff.
3.Ability to manage integrated training programs as it relates to sterile processing procedures.
4.Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel or other software programs in order to complete reports and develop skills.
5.Ability to communicate effectively with staff and management officials in regard to sterile processing procedures.
References: VA Handbook 5005/76 dated May 28, 2014, Part II, Appendix G-47.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-7.
This work is performed in various settings: decontamination, preparation, clean sterile supply (preparation) and in other services and departments throughout the medical facility/campus. The incumbent may be required to work in areas that are hot, cold, drafty and poorly lighted. The employee is subject to the possibility of falls, scrapes, cuts, bruises, and other injuries from material handling equipment. The work requires standing and walking during the entire workday and frequent bending and lifting of packages (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). The work requires dexterity and visual acuity for manipulating, disassembly and assembly of instrumentation.
On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. The employee wears special clothing, hair covers, personal protective equipment and shoe covers that can be uncomfortably warm. The employee uses insulated gloves to remove carts from sterilizers. The employee is subject to burns from accidentally touching hot items. The hazards of working around minute quantities of sterilizing gasses are unknown. The employee often works around body fluids, mucous, excretions and bits of tissue, some of which may be foul smelling. Strong, unpleasant odors are encountered while decontaminating bloody or grossly contaminated instrumentation or reusable medical equipment. The work area is noisy due to the clatter of metal instruments, rumbling of carts and operation of pre-sterilizing equipment. The employee can have no medical problems that would interfere with their ability to use protective clothing and equipment.
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