Lead Medical Supply Technician(Sterile Processing)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: West Haven, Connecticut
Internal Number: 671264100
The Lead MST works in support of the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) management team. SPS is the central point within the Medical Center from which patient care medical/surgical supply inventory; instruments and equipment are received, processed, packaged and distributed. SPS consists of three distinct units: Decontamination; Sterile Preparation and Distributions. 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 and/or Education 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. Grade Determinations: GS-06 (Full Performance Level) 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: 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. GS-07 Lead Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) 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: Ability to instruct staff on the correct procedures and protocols for completing assignments. Skill in communicating with staff to ensure compliance with written directives, rules and regulations. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers. Knowledge of sterility principles in order to instruct staff on decontamination procedures. Ability to lead individuals, manage priorities, and schedule work assignments. References: Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G47 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is a GS-7. Physical Requirements: The work requires constant physical effort in the receipt, reprocessing, storage and issue of RME, folding of linen items, assembling trays, pans, and case carts, inserting and retrieving loaded sterilized carts from the autoclaves. Hand and eye coordination is required in the disassembly and reassembling of equipment. The worker is exposed to long periods of standing, bending and walking while reprocessing reusable medical equipment. Frequent requirement for the lifting of RME, trays and cartons from storage shelves to carts. Incumbent regularly uses case carts in the delivery of supplies and instruments to the clinical areas within the Medical Center. Material weighs up to 40 pounds. ["The incumbent functions as a lead technician in the direction of providing a systematic flow of all processed and prepackaged medical supplies, materials and equipment used in direct care and treatment of patients. Duties include but not limited to: Distributes and prioritizes workload among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specializations. Assures an even workflow and distribution of the workload. 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. Receipt, disassembly and inspection for damage determination, of reusable medical supplies, instruments and equipment. Identification and assembling of trays and sets for use on the wards and in the clinics. Selection of the correct sterilizing medium, cycles and operation of sterilizes. Maintains a quality control program through biological testing. Stocking of approximately 35 separate areas throughout the Medical Center and SPS shelves with sterilized and non-sterilized medical supplies, filling special and emergency requests for supplies and equipment. Incumbent determines adequate justification, propriety of need, availability, and legality of purchase, and recommended method of procurement. Acts as a training coordinator, for a continuous in-service training program, assuring development of subordinates in aseptic techniques, infection control, the use of new medical supplies, instruments and equipment, new or improved sterilization practices. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:00am - 3:30pm\nTelework: Not Available\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: Lead Medical Supply Technician/ FS0000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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