Vesa Health and Technology has several opportunities for STERILE SUPPLY TECHNICIANS at the Veterans Administration Medical Clinics in Tallahassee, FL.
This is a full time opportunity that offers:
-Opportunity to care for our Nation’s Veterans
-Paid Time Off
-10 Paid Federal Holidays
Candidates must be CERTIFIED as a STERILE SUPPLY TECHNICIAN OR have at least 1 year of hospital STERILE SUPPLY EXPERIENCE in order to be considered!
CERTIFICATION/ELIGIBILITY: Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) through an accredited Surgical Technologist Training Program or one (1) year hands on experience with Dental and/or Surgical Instruments or endoscopes. Training/experience as volunteer or other capacity from NF/SG may shorten duration of experience required. The Sterile Supply Technicians must understand infection prevention concepts.
TECHNICAL PROFICIENCY: Sterile Supply Technician(s) shall be technically proficient in the skills necessary to fulfill the government’s requirements, including the ability to speak, understand, read and write English fluently. Shall provide documents as needed to verify current and ongoing competency, skills, certification and/or licensure related to the provision of care, treatment and/or services performed.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS : All Sterile Supply Technician(s) who provide patient care services at the assigned clinic have the following before they provide any service related to this contract:
a. Health examinations including annual TB skin test result.
b. Either has received the Hepatitis B vaccine series, or are immune as a result of acquired infection, or have been offered and refused the vaccinations
c. Received measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. (Combined vaccine (MMR) is the vaccine of choice if individuals are likely to be susceptible to more than one of the three diseases and is required for all persons born after 1956.
d. A negative PPD within the last year, or, if a known reactor, a negative chest X-Ray within the past year.
e. A history of varicella (chicken pox) or, if unknown, results of a varicella antibody test. If non-immune, must be vaccinated with Varivax (Chicken pox).
f. Received training in Universal Precautions and Blood Borne Pathogens, Hazardous Material Management and Life Safety Management (fire preparedness).
g. Successfully completed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training.
The Sterile Supply Technician(s) must have the ability to perform the following services, which include, but are not limited to the following:
(A) Decontamination : Knowledge and experience in removing gross contamination by soaking in a germicide, washing with a detergent-blood solvent, scrubbing with a brush and scouring powder, rinsing in tap and then distilled water or washing in a washer-sterilizer or ultrasonic unit. Pre sterilizes biological contamination before handling. Decontaminates all reusable supplies and equipment. Determines methods for decontamination, disinfection, and/or sterilization of instruments and/or equipment, packages items or assembles sets or trays.
(B) Examines Condition of Supply Items : Experience with visually examining items for damage, deterioration, or imperfections such as rust, pitting, and cracks.
(C) Assembles/Packages/Wraps/Sterilizes Supply Items: Knowledge or experience in packaging individual items or assembling items into sets or trays. Assembles trays or sets according to guides and in a logical manner, permitting effective sterilization. Determines appropriate method of sterilization and attaches chemical indicator tape to package. Sterilizes items comparing control tests to determine that correct parameters (e.g. time, temperature, and pressure) were obtained. Removes items from pre-sterilizers and determines type of tray or set to assemble based on recognition of key items and the operating room or clinic schedules. Examines items to insure that gross contamination has been removed. Assembles sets and trays by selecting appropriate tray, lining it with a towel, and arranging instruments in the tray in the correct manner. Strives for a logically arranged package that will permit effective penetration of the sterilizing medium. Places devices in the tray, selects correct wrapping for the tray, and wraps and labels tray. Selects correct sterilizing medium and cycles, and operates sterilizer. Aerates gas-sterilized items for correct period of time. Monitors operation of sterilizer with prescribed tests.
(D) Distributes Supply Items to Wards, Clinic Units or Operating Rooms : Knowledge of distributing items according to established requirements, special requests or as requisitioned. Fills requests for items based on daily schedules of needs or on individual requisitions. Performs daily inventories of wards or units supply areas and replenishes to appropriate stock levels. Consults with customers on items in short supply or out of stock, recommending possible substitutions. Sends requested items to wards and clinics via automated delivery systems. Periodically inventories stock. Maintains records on stock levels and recommends revisions in stock levels as the need for supplies changes.
(E) Receives/Stores/Controls Supply Items Stock : Knowledge of receiving new supplies, checks deliveries for quality, quantity, and price. Stores items in accordance with inventory system. Assists with inventory. Assembles and loads ward and operating room carts according to schedules, and fills special and emergency requests for supplies.
4.1.1. The Sterile Supply Technician(s) shall sign in and out at the area designated by the Contracting Officer Representative (COR).
4.1.2. The Chief, Sterile Processing Service (SPS) will monitor performance through direct observation as well as observation of work results on an ongoing daily basis.
4.1.4. The Sterile Supply Technician(s) may be exposed to surrounding which involve moderate risks or discomfort which require special precautions, i.e., infectious diseases, verbal and physical abuse from emotionally disturbed patients.
4.1.5. Dress apparel: The Sterile Supply Technician(s) shall be required to dress within the standards of the sterile processing service and NF/SG Veterans Health System standards according to local policy.
4.1.6. Routine work by the Sterile Supply Technician(s) is expected to be performed with a minimum of oversight; the Sterile Supply Technician(s) shall be required to perform duties on their own initiative,
4.1.7. The Sterile Supply Technician(s) shall work in the respective department with other staff technician. The Sterile Supply Technician shall be expected to cooperate with and participate in all routine duties or functions related to the service area to include ongoing training and competence assessment.
4.1.8. The Sterile Supply Technician(s) shall ensure a safe work environment and safe work habits.
Job Type: Full-time