This position is assigned to the Sterile Processing Section within Patient Care Service (Nursing), and has vacancies in Tulsa, OK.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Independently performs duties encompassing all aspects of SPS under the supervision of the SPS Nurse Manager and Assistant SPS Chief.
Rotate between decontamination, preparation and packaging, and sterilization areas.
Works closely with surgical and dental services to provide the end user with the needed instrumentation.
Incorporates knowledge of medical and surgical terminology, human anatomy, and physiology into daily work.
Selects the right instrument sets, packs, and specialized instruments to do the procedures with only the diagnosis or name of the operation to be performed.
Receives contaminated instruments and equipment from operating rooms and clinics and inspects for damage and good working order.
Determines correct method for cleaning, pre-sterilization and sterilization for various pieces of equipment in accordance with manufacturer recommendations.
Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other contaminants.
Use ultrasonic equipment and washer/disinfectants.
Loads, operates and monitors sterilizers such as Pre-Vac, Gravity Steam, Sterrad, and a high level disinfecting scope re-processors.
Interprets detailed written instructions and manuals.
Able to assemble very complex sets of up to ninety instruments such as femoral vascular, abdominal vascular, chest set, thoracic, orthopedic, full mouth set.
Assembles delicate micro-surgical sets such as an ear and eye sets and ENT plastic sets.
Read, understand and follow guidelines on sterile processing from various documents such as The Joint Commission standards, VA manuals and program guides, SPS Policy and Procedures Manual, etc.
Communicate verbally and in writing with a wide variety of employees and professional staff throughout the health care system. Work schedule: Variable Tours of Duty M-F: Tulsa 0800-1630 and 100-1830 l
Position Description Title: Medical Supply Technician
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Job family (Series)
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
The primary purpose of the Medical Supply Technician (SPS - Sterile Processing Service) is to provide the operating room, dental service, interventional procedural areas, various clinics, wards, departments, and other hospital facilities with sterilized and/or high level disinfected (HLD) critical and semi critical reusable medical equipment (RME) such as surgical instruments, instrument sets and flexible endoscopes. Reprocesses (disassembles, cleans, decontaminates, assembles, HLD or sterilized) critical and, semi-critical and a few non-critical RME (Reusable Medical Equipment) in accordance with manufacturer's instructions, Joint Commission Standards, JACHO standards, VA directives, VA handbooks, CDC, AMMI, IAHCSMM and local SPS policies and procedures.
Preferred Experience: Ability to identify, sort, disassemble, and clean critical and semi-critical reusable medical devices which includes power surgical equipment, flexible endoscopes, medical and dental instruments. Sterilization and High Level disinfection of RME through the use of steam sterilizers, low temperature sterilizers, liquid sterilants and automated endoscopic reprocessors. using high level disinfectants; sterilize critical and semi-critical reusable medical devices which includes power surgical equipment, flexible endoscopes, medical and dental instruments.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Education and Experience:
Experience. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; OR
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; OR
Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
English Language: MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. Grade Determinations:
GS-03 (Entry Level)
Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
Assignment. This is an entry level MST position. MST's receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision. GS-04 (Developmental Level)
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
Education. Two years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation. NOTE: Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or nursing assistants obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces, the U.S. Maritime Service, or hospitals under close medical and professional supervision, may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to 6 months of experience.
Assignments: 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.
Basic knowledge of medical terminology in order to assemble specialty operating room/clinic instrument sets.
Basic knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
GS-05 (Developmental Level)
Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; OR
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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Basic knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.
Basic knowledge of event-related packaging in regards to sterility.
Knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.
GS- 06 (Full Performance Level)
One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Assignments. 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. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.
Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.
Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures.
Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation.
Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures. References: VA Handbook 5005/83, Part II, Appendix G47, MEDICAL SUPPLY TECHNICIAN (STERILE PROCESSING) QUALIFICATION STANDARD, dated July 8, 2015. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.
The physical requirements of this position include heavy lifting (45 lbs. and over), prolonged standing (2-3 hours) and sitting (3-4 hours), frequent bending, walking (up to 3 hours), climbing (steps, ladder, etc., reaching (overhead), extensive/repetitive use of fingers, (both hands required), repetitive motion and stooping (up to 1 hour).
The mental/sensory requirements include recall, reasoning, problem-solving, hearing (aid permitted), speaking clearly, writing legibly, keyboarding, reading, and logical thinking. Also, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).
The environment's pace can vary from steady to a sometimes-fast pace, requiring handling of multiple priorities, frequent, sometimes intense customer interactions, and the ability to adapt to frequent changes in a sometimes noisy environment.
There may be the need to use personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to disease, illness and hazardous materials (3-4 hours at a time).
See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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