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Job Title: Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Cleveland, OH
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Healthcare, Other, Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Quality Control, Medical, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)
  • Suspending the reuse of any RME (reusable medical equipment) if suspected that the device was not properly cleaned, disinfected or sterilized.
  • Reviewing print outs to ensure mechanical parameters have been met and documenting the results in the sterilization log.
  • Identifying which items are reprocessed on unit and which items are sent to sterile processing for reprocessing and/or sterilization.
  • Assisting with quality assurance throughout the decontamination and sterile processing areas.
  • Inventorying and processing devices and assuming continuous training in support of the reprocessing of reusable medical equipment in support of the clinics, wards, dental and other services throughout the Medical Center.
  • Reprocessing all Critical and Semi Critical RME and specific non-critical equipment.
  • Processing all instrument trays per instructions as well as other sources including American Association for Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management), Once Source and others.
  • Decontaminating and reprocessing a variety of complex, delicate and costly scopes; such as Bronchoscopes, Colonoscopes, Endoscopes, and Cystoscopes utilized within the facility.
  • Receiving contaminated supplies such as instruments, basins, syringes and equipment from wards, and clinics, and inspects these items for damage to ensure equipment is in good working condition.
  • Removing soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing, scrubbing, and use of ultrasonic equipment.
  • Loading and operating sterilizers such as Steam, Sterrad, and high level disinfecting scope reprocessor.
  • Assembling a full range of surgical instrumentation trays from simple sets of four or five to very complex sets of over 200 instruments.
  • Operating decontamination equipment such as washer decontaminators, sonic washers, irrigators, automatic cart wash and tube dryers.
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.
In addition to the qualification above you must also have:

Specialized Experience:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade of a GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Examples of GS-5 or equivalent experience are:
  • Processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment.
  • Using aseptic and sterilization procedures.
  • Having completed inspection and decontamination of reusable medical equipment (RME).
  • Using decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures.
  • Using aseptic techniques and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers.
  • Operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers.
  • Advising medical personnel on the proper use of equipment.
OR

Education:
Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you mut have successfully completed six (6) months of graduate education in courses related to this position such as medical supply processing, storage and distribution, sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields related to this position.

This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

OR

Combination:
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of education and experience to qualify at the GS-06 level. This can be determined by adding total qualifying experience as a percentage of the required experience and education as a percentage of the total required. The total percentage must equal 100 percent. (Transcripts must be submitted).

Preferred Experience: One year of experience of aseptic and sterilization procedures.

References: VA Handbook 5005/76, Part II, Appendix G47

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.

Physical Requirements: The employee usually stands and moves from one part of the room to another while performing duties. There is frequent requirement for lifting instrument trays or baskets or instrument sets weighing up to 50 pounds from the floor to chest level. The incumbent transports trays and equipment on carts that may weigh up to 400 pounds when full. They may be pushed but are usually pulled due to height and visibility concerns.

None

  • Resume (when listing previous employment please include month and year).
  • Your most recent SF-50 that shows title, series, and grade.
    • If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade, you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade in addition to your last or most recent SF-50 indicating proof of status.
    • Note: Your SF-50 must reflect the grade and step information equivalent to or greater than the grade lower than the position you are applying to.
      • This may not always be your most recent SF-50.
      • You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
Qualifications & Requirements
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.
In addition to the qualification above you must also have:

Specialized Experience:
You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade of a GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Examples of GS-5 or equivalent experience are:
  • Processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment.
  • Using aseptic and sterilization procedures.
  • Having completed inspection and decontamination of reusable medical equipment (RME).
  • Using decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures.
  • Using aseptic techniques and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers.
  • Operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers.
  • Advising medical personnel on the proper use of equipment.
OR

Education:
Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you mut have successfully completed six (6) months of graduate education in courses related to this position such as medical supply processing, storage and distribution, sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields related to this position.

This education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

OR

Combination:
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of education and experience to qualify at the GS-06 level. This can be determined by adding total qualifying experience as a percentage of the required experience and education as a percentage of the total required. The total percentage must equal 100 percent. (Transcripts must be submitted).

Preferred Experience: One year of experience of aseptic and sterilization procedures.

References: VA Handbook 5005/76, Part II, Appendix G47

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6.

Physical Requirements: The employee usually stands and moves from one part of the room to another while performing duties. There is frequent requirement for lifting instrument trays or baskets or instrument sets weighing up to 50 pounds from the floor to chest level. The incumbent transports trays and equipment on carts that may weigh up to 400 pounds when full. They may be pushed but are usually pulled due to height and visibility concerns.
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