This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), VISN 10, Dayton, Ohio VA Medical Center, in the Sterile Processing Service (SPS). Applicants 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. 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. 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. 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. 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: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Preferred Experience: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings. 2. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination. 3. Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures. 4. Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation. 5. Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/76 PART II APPENDIX G47 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS 6. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. ["The Medical Supply Technician functions in all areas of the instrumentation and delivery process. Quality is a unit priority. The member is responsible for compliance with all requirements for the decontamination and reprocessing of Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) and complies with all competency assessments for SPS processing of RME. DECONTAMINATION Collects, receives, cleans, and decontaminates the full range of instruments, supplies and equipment used in the medical center's wards/patient care units, clinic operating room, Respiratory Therapy, Dental Clinic and special procedure units. Selects the appropriate methods and procedures for removing gross soil (contamination). Sorts all items by method of processing and inspects items for damage prior to processing, disassembles for cleaning. Operates, maintains and adjusts various types of processing equipment such as, Ultrasonic Cleaners, Automatic Endoscope Reprocessor (AER), Washer Disinfectors, and Equipment tracking systems. Changes and resets timers and selects different parameter requirements on decontamination cycles. Identifies and properly disposes of single use items. Adheres to and/or monitors both Facility and SPS Infection Controls Guidelines as they pertain to inspecting, collecting, and transporting of infectious materials during daily soiled supply and equipment collection activities. Responsible for determining the proper techniques for pick-up, transportation, cleaning and disinfecting of contaminated items, thus containing and destroying microorganisms that present a threat to the patient and the health care provider. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 3:00pm-11:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement #: 91206-A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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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.