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Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)

Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Memphis
Posted on: September 15, 2020

Job Description:

* VideosVideos* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryThis announcement will be used to fill vacancies as the need arises at each of the named locations.The Medical Supply Technician will provide Sterilization, preparation, supply items and reusable medical equipment decontamination and distribution support to the medical center.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesDuties include but are not limited to the following:Provide sterilization, preparation, supply items and reusable medical equipment decontamination and distribution support for the medical center. Processing surgical trays and sets and various other items that could be processed or assembled through the Preparation and Decontamination areas of Sterile Processing Service. Working as team member with other Medical Supply Technicians of various experience to carry out the daily work utilizing the written standard operating procedures and/or manufactures written instructions in accordance with instructions, policies, previous training, or accepted/standard practices.Work Schedule:Tours of duty will vary and will be determined according to need of facility.Schedules may include various hours on both day and evening shifts.May be required to work some evenings and/or weekends.Travel RequiredNot requiredSupervisory statusNoPromotion Potential6* Job family (Series)0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job* Designated and/or random drug testing may be required* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959* You may be required to serve a probationary period* Subject to a background/security investigation* Must be proficient in written and spoken English* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding processQualificationsApplicants 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.* Proficiency in written and spoken EnglishFor the GS-3 level: (Entry)* Six months of experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or* 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* Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable.For the GS-4 level: (Developmental)* Six months experience as a MST, operating room or surgical technician or other position that demonstrated knowledge of sterile processing in a clinical setting; or* Two years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation.In addition, you must demonstrate the following:* Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.* Basic knowledge of medical terminology in order to assemble specialty operating room/clinic instrument sets.* Basic knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.* Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.NOTE: Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or nursing assistants obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces, the U.S. Maritime Service, or hospitals under close medical and professional supervision, may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to 6 months of experience.For the GS-5 level: (Developmental)* One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or* Four academic years above high school leading to a Bachelor's degree with at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation or a Bachelor's degree.In addition you must demonstrate the following:* Basic knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.* Basic knowledge of event-related packaging related to sterility.* Knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.Assignments include but are not limited to:Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing, and scrubbing. Inspects packages for indications of proper sterilization, assembles basic sets and trays used throughout the medical center including those used in the operating room. Prepares, loads, and operates sterilizers such as steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and a high level disinfecting scope re-processor; prepares operating room case carts daily using surgery schedule. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex tasks and require direct supervision on new assignments.For the GS-6 Level: (Full Performance)* One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level as a Medical Supply Aid and Technician.In addition, you must demonstrate the following:* 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.Assignments include but are not limited to:Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in the decontamination area and may receive noncritical equipment in the decontamination area as well. Disassembles the RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as but not limited to ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents, as determined by manufacturer instructions. Inspects, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as but not limited to steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and high level disinfecting scope re-processors. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment.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).Preferred Experience: Previous experience working as a Medical Supply Technician.References: VA Handbook 5005,/83 Part II Appendix G47The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6.Physical Requirements: Refer to VA Handbook 5019.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).EducationIMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

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