MEDICAL SUPPLY TECHNICIAN (STERILE PROCESSING) TRAINER
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Internal Number: 712946200
The incumbent will have thorough knowledge of the processes for Reusable Medical Devices (RMD) as required by this position. Develops and provides training to employees ensuring full compliance to RMD Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)s, safety regulations, SPS governing bodies, and infection control. 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. 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. c. Certification. None. d. 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: 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: 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). GS-07 Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Trainer Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 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 regards to sterile processing procedures. Grade Determinations: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level References: VA Handbook 5005/83 Part II Appendix GS 47 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 07. Physical Requirements: 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. ["Major Duties Provides initial orientation and continuing education for new and established SPS employees. Develops, monitors, and revises SPS education programs for transportation, decontamination, preparation, sterilization, distribution, the reprocessing of advanced endoscopic equipment and storage of Reusable Medical Devices (RMD) for the Medical Center. Identifies the training needs of SPS personnel, develops training plans, and administers training to all SPS staff. Creates learning/lesson plans that meet the need of an individual or a specific group. Evaluates and documents the results of training activities through testing and competency evaluation. Develops training plans based on established learning objectives, and the requirements listed in the Manufacturer's Instructions for Use (IFU's), VHA directives, in addition to Sterile Processing Governing bodies. Evaluates employee competency on proper procedure and methods based upon department, hospital, and VISN policy and procedures. Oversees and/or provides training to non-SPS personnel as it pertains to disinfecting Non-Critical RMD in the medical facility. Develops, monitors, trends, and revises SPS education programs as dictated by SPS governing bodies, Industry standards, and the Veterans Administration. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel or other software programs in order to develop service training curriculums and complete reports to senior management. Reports to the Supervisory Medical Supply Technician on performance, progress and training needs of employees. The incumbent will be required to maintain current knowledge of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which document the processes and procedures for cleaning, disinfection, sterilization, and preparation of RMD appropriate to this position. The incumbent will be able to demonstrate their ability to utilize an acceptable proficiency in the use of RMD appropriate to this position. CSC 00 Work Schedule: Monday to Friday 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 000000 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
About Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.