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Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)

Company: Veterans Health Administration
Location: Bronx
Posted on: April 9, 2021

Job Description:

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. 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. Preferred Experience: Minimum 3 years of recent hands on experience with instrument cleaning and sterilization. CRMST/CRCST/IAHCSMM Certification. Grade Determinations: GS-06 (Full Performance Level)
(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. 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. (c) Assignment. This is the full performance level for the occupation. 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 reprocessors. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment. References: Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G47, dated 7/8/2015. The full performance level of this vacancy is 6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-6. Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. On a regular basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a controlled clean environment. The employee must wear hospital scrub tops and bottoms, protective equipment such as bouffant hair covers, cover jackets, shoe covers. If assigned to the Decontamination room, the employee must wear protective equipment such as impervious gowns, knee high shoe covers, nitrile gloves, face mask/face shield and bouffant hair cover. This attire can be uncomfortable at times. The employee must also wear padded gloves when unloading washer disinfector racks and sterilization loading carts. The employee may also be subjected to chemicals and noise hazards from toxic agents and loud decontamination and sterilization equipment. Depending on the employee's assignment, standing for long periods of time will be required for manually cleaning reusable medical equipment. The employee at times will be required to push carts weighing 75-500 pounds and lifting trays and packages weighing approximately 25 pounds. Dexterity and normal visual acuity with or without corrective lenses is required for inspecting and assembling reusable medical equipment.

Keywords: Veterans Health Administration, New Rochelle , Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing), Professions , Bronx, New York

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