Job opening: Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Coordinator
Salary: $58 119 - 75 554 per year
Published at: Aug 11 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This Medical Supply Technician - Censitrac Coordinator position is in the Sterile Processing service at the White River Junction VA Medical Center, located at the White River Junction, Vermont location. This position is full-time at 40 hours per week.
The Medical Supply Technician (MST) - Coordinator is assigned to Sterile Processing Service (SPS) and provides safe efficient practices for decontamination, high level disinfection, instrument assembly and sterilization for all SPS. The Advanced MST supports SPS initiatives to meet the facility needs for critical and semi-critical Reusable Medical Equipment (RME).
Duties include but are not limited to:
Serves as a sterile processing coordinator in the Sterile Processing Services (SPS) Depart at the White River Junction VAMC in White River Junction, Vermont.
Uses Censitrac and other software to monitor quality assurance in the cleaning/decontamination, sterilization, reprocessing, and distribution of surgical instruments and technical medical equipment processed in SPS, ensuring proper procedures are followed and the items are safe for use.
Ensures Censitrac data and workflow follows national sterile processing guidelines, ensuring cleaning/ decontamination, sterilization, reprocessing, and distribution of critical and/or semi critical reusable medical equipment is completed and documented appropriately
Performs conventional fact-finding and investigative techniques in order to evaluate internal work processes and recommend corrective actions on complex quality problems as pertaining to instrument tracking systems used by SPS.
Entry of SOP's into the Censitrac system for ease of use by staff reprocessing RME.
Develops, analyzes and evaluates facts relative to unsatisfactory conditions or trends.
Determines the effectiveness of Censitrac by utilizing reports, and investigations to identify opportunities for improvement or gaps in process.
Helps to coordinate training that is well structured and includes appropriate materials. Ensures SPS staff is competent for reprocessing and documenting in Censitrac.
Coordinates with hospital staff (e.g. operating room, emergency department/urgent care and clinics) on the use of Censitrac for critical and semi-critical medical equipment to ensure compliance with all national and local directives Updates the Chief (or designee) on any issues or events regarding Censitrac and related software processes.
Establishes and maintains frequent contacts with interdisciplinary staff and outside vendors and manufacturers.
Communicates effectively with staff and management officials regarding Censitrac and related processes within the facility.
May be assigned additional duties.
Work Schedule: Monday- Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Telework: Not Authorized
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Functional Statement #: 405-03740
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
This position is in the Excepted Service.
This position is a AFGE Bargaining Unit position.
This position is covered by a special rate.
Narrative responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) may be required from the selectee in order to proceed with the appointment.
Current and former Federal employees must submit copies of their most recent SF-50, (Notice of Personnel Action). The SF-50 must identify the position title, series, grade, step, tenure and type of service (Competitive or Excepted). In some cases, more than one SF-50 may be required to show a higher grade previously held.
United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
Experience and/or Education: (1) Experience. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or (2) 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 (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.
English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j.
May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria).
Grade Determinations: GS-07 Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Coordinator:
Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-06.
Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
Practical knowledge of conventional fact-finding or investigative techniques in order to evaluate internal work processes.
Skill to develop, analyze and evaluate facts relative to unsatisfactory conditions or trends.
Knowledge of and skill in applying various methods and techniques for investigating, analyzing and recommending corrective action on complex quality problems.
Knowledge of the SPS policies and procedural manuals, infection control procedures, and accrediting agencies and quality assurance guidelines to assure appropriateness of work during quality assurance reviews.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and other software programs.
Thorough knowledge of aseptic principles and techniques, which include sterilized operations, sterilizer mediums, and tests to determine the effectiveness of sterilization, packaging, storage, and shelf life.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing to ensure staff compliance with written directives, rules and regulations.
Assignment. The MST Coordinator monitors quality assurance in the cleaning/decontamination, sterilization, reprocessing, and distribution of surgical instruments and technical medical equipment processed in SPS, ensuring proper procedures are followed and the items are safe for use. Ensures national sterile processing standards are followed in the process of cleaning/decontamination, sterilization, reprocessing, and distribution of critical and/or semi-critical reusable medical equipment. Coordinates training that is well structured and includes appropriate materials. Ensures staff is competent for reprocessing critical and semi-critical RME by reviewing actual demonstration of tasks. Coordinates with hospital staff (e.g. operating room, emergency department and clinics) on critical and semi-critical medical equipment to ensure compliance with all national and local directives. Updates the Chief (or designee) on patient safety alerts and issues concerning reusable medical equipment.
Preferred Experience: 2+ years of experience in Sterile Processing Experience
References: VA Handbook 5005/83, Part II, Appendix G47, Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Qualification Standard GS-0622.
The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-07.
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions: This work is performed in an office but requires transition to various settings such as decontamination, preparation, clean sterile supply (preparation) and in other services and departments throughout the medical center/campus. The work requires intermittent 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 may be noisy due to the clatter of metal instruments, rumbling of carts and operation of pre-sterilizing equipment.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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
- Address White River Junction VA Medical Center
215 North Main St.
White River Jct., VT 05009
- Name: Jessica Steed
- Phone: (802) 295-9363 X2021
- Email: [email protected]