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Lead Medical Supply Technician ( Sterile Processing)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Washington
Posted on: February 12, 2024

Job Description:

SummaryThe Washington DC VA Medical Center Sterile Processing Department supports direct patient care by ensuring proper reprocessing, maintenance, and storage of critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) throughout the medical center in compliance with nation and local policy and procedure.Learn more about this agencyHelpOverview* Accepting applications* Open & closing dates01/30/2024 to 02/08/2024* Salary$58,957 - $76,643 per year* Pay scale & gradeGS 7* HelpLocation1 vacancy in the following location:* Washington, DC 1 vacancy* Remote jobNo* Telework eligibleNo* Travel RequiredNot required* Relocation expenses reimbursedNo* Appointment typePermanent -* Work scheduleFull-time -* ServiceExcepted* Promotion potentialNone* Job family (Series)0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician* Supervisory statusNo* Security clearanceNot Required* Drug testYes* Position sensitivity and riskNon-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk* Trust determination processSuitability/Fitness* Announcement numberCBTF-12286328-24-AW-GroupC* Control number773286200HelpThis job is open to* Internal to an agencyCurrent federal employees of this agency.Clarification from the agencyThis announcement is open to current permanent VHA employees only.VideosHelpDutiesMajor Duties:* Identifies needs of Surgical Supplies and Reusable Medical Equipment to prepare Surgical Case Carts. All items placed in a cart must be examined for package integrity per VA and AAMI guidelines.* Utilizes knowledge of Censitrac tracking system the incumbent: 1)Provides training to staff on the use of Censitrac. 2)Troubleshoots minor IT Issues. 3)Enters/updates surgical set lists in Censitrac to include Item Name, Manufacturer, and quantity. 4) Ensures surgical instruments, trays, and containers have required Censitrac Markings* Works with OR Staff, RME Coordinator, and SPS Administrative Officer to ensure needed instruments are ordered and in good repair.* Utilizes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required.* Responsible for the collection, receipt, inspection, cleaning and decontamination processing of soiled instruments, equipment, and apparatus to include complex diagnostic equipment and medical apparatus.* Completely and thoroughly dissembles and positions all parts of complex technical RME to ensure the removal of any debris, surgical soil and bio-burdens prior to sterilization or high level disinfection.* Performs required leak tests to endoscopic equipment to determine that the watertight integrity of the scope is intact before initiating the cleaning and high-level disinfection process.* Performs multi-step procedures to effectively reprocess endoscopes, i.e. cystoscopes, ureteroscopes, bronchoscopes, colonoscopes, and other various endoscopic instruments.* Operates decontamination equipment such as washer decontaminators, ultrasonic washers, automatic endoscope re-rocessors, equipment irrigators, laparoscopic insulation tester, automatic cart wash, and tube dryers, etc.* Uses, interprets and records results from quality assurance monitors, i.e. Ruhof ATP Complete ATP tester system, All-Clean washer disinfector validation system, etc.* Performs and validates all cleaning of instrumentation and RME through the use of department SOPs, manufacturer's instructions for use guidelines, Medical Center Memorandums, and VA policies and directives, along with industry standards published by organizations such as, Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM), American National Standard/Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (ANSI/AMMI), Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses (AORN), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), etc.* Reads and understands Material Data Safety Sheets.* Performs inspection, assembly, packaging, and terminal sterilization of all trays, sets, and packs for use throughout the medical center.* Determines the criticality category of RME using the Spaulding Classification System and interprets sterilization parameters provided by the manufacturer's instructions for use guidelines to determine the proper method of sterilization.* Operates equipment such as Minntech Medivator Advantage Plus, Trophon EPR, Steris Steam Sterilizers, Sterrad 100S, Sterrad 200, and Sterrad NX, heat sealers, tube dryers, and incubators or other sterilization, high level decontamination and packaging equipment.* Interprets gauge readings and mechanical printouts on sterilization equipment to validate that sterilization of RME is within acceptable parameters.* Interprets printout for Automatic Endoscope Processors used for high level decontamination to ensure thatdisinfection has met all parameters.* Maintains records for all sterilization procedures that are processed including interpretation of all biologicalmonitoring, validation of monitoring results, and quality assurance checks to ensure sterilization parametersare met.* After each sterilization cycle is complete, the incumbent reviews print outs to ensure parameters have been met and documents the results of each cycle in the sterilization log. If parameters have not been met, incumbent must troubleshoot the sterilization load to determine the possible cause and report findings to the supervisor/lead technician.* Troubleshoot complex sterilizers used in the medical center to ensure optimal operation.* Performs high level disinfection using Rapicide PA, or equivalent according to manufacturer's instructionsfor use guidelines.* Validate that chemicals are tested and meet requirements to ensure that Minimum Effective Concentration (MEC) for the performance of high-level disinfection.* Assembles major and minor complex surgical instrument tray/sets with general and intractably complex instrumentation and instrument packs used for a variety of general and specialized medical and surgical procedures.Work Schedule: Mon- Fri 11 pm - 7:30 am Weekends on call after their Friday shift endsTelework: Not AvailableVirtual: This is not a virtual position.Functional Statement #: 000000Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: AuthorizedPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not AuthorizedFinancial Disclosure Report: Not requiredHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.* All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.* Must be proficient in written and spoken English.* You may be required to serve a probationary period.* Subject to background/security investigation.* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.* Must pass pre-employment physical examination.* Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP).* Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.QualificationsApplicants pending the completion of educational or certification/licensure requirements may be referred and tentatively selected but may not be hired until all requirements are met.Basic Requirements: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. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part.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.Foreign Education. To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U. S. programs.Certification. None.Grandfathering Provision. All MSTs that are employed in VHA in this occupation on the effective date of this qualification standard are considered to have met all qualification requirements for the title, series and grade held, that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements required in this standard, but who met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to it, the following provisions apply:(1) Employees grandfathered into the GS-622 occupational series as MSTs may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance (journeyman) level, or changed to lower grade within the occupation.(2) MSTs who are appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended or be reappointed, on a temporary or permanent basis until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.(3) MSTs who are converted to title 38 hybrid status under this provision and subsequently leave the occupation lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.Grade Determinations: In addition to the basic requirements, the following criteria must be used when determining the appropriate grade assignment of candidates:GS-07 Lead Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing). Applicants at the GS-07 grade level must possess: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-06): receiving contaminated critical/semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) and noncritical equipment in the decontamination area; disassembling the RME and determining 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; inspecting, assembling and determining the correct method and packaging for sterilization, such as but not limited to steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and high level disinfecting scope reprocessors; and performing and documenting daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment.The Lead MST works in support of the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) management team. Distributes and prioritizes workload among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specializations. Assures an even workflow and distribution of the workload. Revises work schedules to meet anticipated and unanticipated changes in the workload. Assigns work to staff based on experience and training needs. Monitors and reports on the status of work. Ensures SOPs and SPS mandates are followed during the performance of workflow. Reviews work in progress or spot checks work not requiring review to ensure completed work meets supervisors' instructions on such things as work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines. Assesses the quality and quantity of work by reviewing the cleaning, reprocessing, and distribution of technical medical equipment, material and instrumentation. Provides information to management officials concerning performance issues, assignment changes and task completion. Instructs employees on work-related activities, policies, procedures and goals.Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)1. Ability to instruct staff on the correct procedures and protocols for completing assignments.2. Skill in communicating with staff to ensure compliance with written directives, rules and regulations.3. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers.4. Knowledge of sterility principles in order to instruct staff on decontamination procedures.5. Ability to lead individuals, manage priorities, and schedule work assignments.Assignment. The Lead MST works in support of the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) management team. Distributes and prioritizes workload among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specializations. Assures an even workflow and distribution of the workload. Revises work schedules to meet anticipated and unanticipated changes in the workload. Assigns work to staff based on experience and training needs. Monitors and reports on the status of work. Ensures SOPs and SPS mandates are followed during the performance of workflow. Reviews work in progress or spot checks work not requiring review to ensure completed work meets supervisors' instructions on such things as work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines. Assesses the quality and quantity of work by reviewing the cleaning, reprocessing, and distribution of technical medical equipment, material and instrumentation. Provides information to management officials concerning performance issues, assignment changes and task completion. Instructs employees on work-related activities, policies, procedures and goals.Preferred Experience: 2+ years Sterile Processing experience. CBSPD and or HSPA Certification Highly preferred.References: VHA Directive 1116(2), dated March 2016; VA Handbook 5005/76, Part II, Appendix G47, Medical Supply Technician(Sterile Processing) Qualification Standard, GS-622. Appendix S of VA Handbook 5005 (implementation of Hybrid Title 38 Qualification Standard) and Appendix T of VA Handbook 5005 (Conversations of Title 5 Occupation to Hybrid Title 38).The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-07.Physical Requirements: This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity. This positionrequires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. Frequently required to lift packages weighing 50 pounds and push carts weighing up to 300 pounds for distances up to 2,640 feet. The incumbent may be exposed to infected and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working effectively in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on Medical Center needs.EducationIMPORTANT: 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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.Additional informationReceiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. Selected applicants may qualify for credit toward annual leave accrual, based on prior work experience or military service experience. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.Read more* BenefitsHelpA career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.Review our benefitsEligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your application, resume, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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