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The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is recruiting for a well qualified Medical Supply Technician - Quality Assurance for our Sterile Processing section located in Charleston, South Carolina. The incumbent serves as the monitoring specialist for all Quality Assurance (QA) activities of the Sterile Processing Services (SPS) Section and all other areas where reprocessing of critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME) takes place.
The position demands a complete conceptual and practical working knowledge of all SPS functions. The incumbent serves as direct Liaison to all end using services in the facility where use, storage and reprocessing of RME takes place. Ensuring that proper procedures are followed and that items are safe for use, delivered on time to the proper place, and in the right condition to be properly used for VA patient care. Reviews completed work to assure that Supervisor, SPS instructions on work sequence, procedures, methods and deadlines have been met as deemed appropriate to assess the quality and quantity of work produced by each employee.
Prepares various Quality Assurance Reports for higher level supervisors. The incumbent is responsible for quality management, reprocessing activities, those which occurinside and outside of the SPS work area, training, competency assessment, and enhancing patient flow through the operating rooms and procedural areas, and aid in succession planning for all areas of SPS and sites where reprocessing occurs. The incumbent plans, develops, directs and maintains a Quality Control Program ensuring product quality assurance through random sampling, biological testing, product assessment and related means, providing QA reports upon need
Work Schedule: 0900-1730, Monday-Friday. ROTATING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS AS NEEDED. Overtime may be required
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 08/13/2020
- 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.
- Certification. None.
- Grandfathering Provision: 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).
Grade Determinations: GS-7 Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Quality Assurance
- 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 fact-finding and investigative techniques in order to evaluate work processes.
- Ability to analyze data and make recommendations to correct quality control problems.
- Knowledge of sterile processing operations, infection control procedures, and Joint Commission requirements to assess compliance during quality assurance reviews.
- Ability to compile information, evaluate facts, document findings and prepare reports.
- Thorough knowledge of aseptic principles and techniques to maintain quality control.
- Ability to effectively communicate with technical and professional staff on the proper use of delicate instruments and equipment, and resolve problems that may occur.
References: VA Handbook 5005 Part II Appendix G47
Physical Requirements: ?This position requires visual acuity, keen hearing, clear distinctive speech, and manual dexterity for manipulating, disassembly and assembly of instrumentation. This position requires potentially long periods of continued walking, standing, stooping, sitting, bending, pulling, and pushing. 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 (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds).
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