Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Internal Number: 653911300
Incumbent guides and directs the assessment of SPS staff's needs based on professional standards of care and practice. Awareness of regulatory standards of application, production and evaluation of care and practice, especially Reusable Medical Equipment. Identifies clinical issues requiring resolution; cause and effect of negative outcomes, which impact patient care, nursing practice or productivity of SPS. Demonstrates leadership in SPS activities. Collaborates with various departments. 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 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. Certification. None. English Language proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English Physical Requirements. In accordance with VA Directive and Handbook 5019, pre-employment physical required. 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). 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: GS-08 Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) (a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to manage, interact and deal with individuals of varying backgrounds. 2. Ability to direct staff and manage tasks to be completed. 3. Ability to oversee and supervise all aspects of decontamination, preparation, sterilization, monitoring, and distribution of RME. 4. Ability to perform a full range of supervisory duties, including assigning, planning and evaluating work, recommending awards, approving leave, identifying training needs, and resolving staff issues. (c) Assignment. The Supervisory MST functions as a first-level supervisor responsible for the oversight of a group of MSTs, with administrative responsibility for planning and directing the work. Oversees attendance and leave, including approval of sick and annual leave and vacation schedules. Informs higher level management of anticipated vacancies or increases in workload. Recommends promotions, reassignments, recognition of superior performance, retention or release of probationary employees or other changes of assigned personnel. Holds corrective interviews with employees, referring disciplinary problems to higher levels of management. Resolves informal complaints of employees and deals with union representatives on personnel matters. Provides technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the organizational unit Preferred Experience: IAHCSMM certification is preferred, but not required. The supervisory medical supply technician must have preferred experience as an Advanced Medical Supply Technician GS-0622-07. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/76, PART II, Appendix G47 dated May 28, 2014. The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-08 only. 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. 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. ["The Supervisory MST functions as a first-level supervisor responsible for the oversight of a group of MSTs, with administrative responsibility for planning and directing the work. Oversees attendance and leave, including approval of sick and annual leave and vacation schedules. Informs higher level management of anticipated vacancies or increases in workload. Recommends promotions, reassignments, recognition of superior performance, retention or release of probationary employees or other changes of assigned personnel. Holds corrective interviews with employees, referring disciplinary problems to higher levels of management. Resolves informal complaints of employees and deals with union representatives on personnel matters. Provides technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the organizational unit. Coordinate and/or plan, manage and control of sterile processing and decontamination management duties in support of all SPS programs for patient care medical/surgical, instruments, and equipment received, processed packaged, and distributed, serving as a technical expert for RMD programs for the Wilkes-Barre Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (WBVAMC). Management of the Decontamination Unit, Sterile preparation, sterile RMD and scope storage, and Case Cart System. The Decontamination Unit is responsible for:\nRetrieving/cleaning/disinfecting/decontamination of contaminated instruments and equipment that is used throughout the Hospital. The Sterile Preparation Unit is responsible for assembly, packing, sterilization, distribution of all trays, instrument sets and \"Critical\" and Semi-Critical reusable medical devices that are used throughout the Hospital to include the Operating Room (OR), all supported clinics and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC)s. Oversight of training and certification of personnel in processing, sterilization, and production of RMD for surgical use. Procedures for providing surgical instrumentation and equipment require extensive training of subordinates in identification and handling of expensive and often delicate surgical equipment. The instruments are used in a variety of surgical and/or clinical interventions including orthopedics, cardiovascular, urology, ear, nose, and throat, etc. Promote process improvement initiatives within SPS section, as well as the Hospital as a whole. Plan develop, direct, and maintain a Quality Assurance program ensuring quality assurance through random sampling, biological testing, product assessment, and related means. Administrative support to include entering quality management data into Excel data bases, creating appropriate graphs and metrics to support the quality management program depicting SPS data for internal and external reviews and inspections ensuring compliance is met according to VHA Directive 1116(2). Ensure all functionality checks are conducted on sterilization equipment and records of the testing are maintained in accordance with The Joint Commission (TJC) and official policy. In the event of any positive test results, the Incumbent is responsible for taking all the necessary steps to inform, advise Assistant Chief, SPS. Work Schedule: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm shift\nCompressed/Flexible: Not available.\nTelework: not available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: Supervisory Medical Supply Technician/0000\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: May be authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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.