Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Assistant Chief
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Internal Number: 684783800
The VA Central Iowa Health Care System is recruiting for one (1) full-time Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Assistant Chief. This position is located at the Des Moines VA Medical Center, 3600 30th St, Des Moines, IA 50310. 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. English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. Grade Determinations: GS-09 Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Assistant Chief (a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-8), which is defined as: Reading and interpreting written procedures and select appropriate action in order to instruct staff in correct procedures and protocols for completing assignments; Communicating orally and in writing to ensure staff compliance with written directives, rules and regulations; Dealing with interpersonal relationships with employees, team leaders, and managers; Working knowledge of sterility principles in order to instruct staff on decontamination procedures; Leading individuals, manage priorities, and schedule work assignments. (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Ability to plan and project staffing needs and requirements. 2. Ability to manage, interact and deal with individuals of varying backgrounds. 3. Ability to manage, direct and adapt work to accomplish program goals and objectives, and meet new and changing program requirements. 4. Ability to develop and recommend new or revised policies that are consistent with organizational goals and objectives. 5. Ability to perform a full range of supervisory duties, including assigning, planning and evaluating work, recommending awards, approving leave, identifying training needs, and resolving staff issues. 6. Ability to evaluate new products and equipment, develop options, and make recommendations. 7. Ability to manage, interpret, and present fiscal data (i.e. fund controls, contracts and equipment expenditures), forecast resource and equipment needs and administer an allocated budget. All qualifying experience you possess must be clearly described in your application package. We will not make assumptions when reviewing applications. Failure to demonstrate your experience in your resume may result in disqualification. It is strongly recommended that you write to each KSA in your application package. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/76 MAY 28, 2014 PART II APPENDIX G47 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-9. Physical Requirements: This work is performed in an office but may require transition to 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, needle sticks, and other injuries from handling equipment. The work requires standing and walking during the entire workday and frequent bending and lifting sterile products and packages (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). The work requires dexterity and visual acuity for manipulating, disassembly and assembly of instrumentation. ["The VA Midwest Health Care Network advocates for a Whole Health System of care in each of the Medical Centers. This is an approach to healthcare that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and live their lives to the fullest. As an employee operating in a Whole Health System of care, you will operate in a model with three core elements, seeking to create a personalized health plan for each Veteran. This is done in the context of healing relationships and healing environments and a connection back to the Veteran's community. This aligns with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Mission Statement to Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. This is an advanced performance level position in Sterile Processing Service as an Assistant Chief. In this position, the incumbent is responsible for assuring the availability of medical and surgical supplies, instrumentation, and equipment for the medical center. Quality SPS services are essential and require technical expertise, timeliness and compliance with infection control and other guidelines to positively impact patient treatment and wellbeing. The position requires knowledge of VA SPS policy requirements in order to function as a technical authority and resource. The nature of the work environment places the Assistant Chief in a key position requiring tact, diplomacy, and reliable decision-making abilities to carry out assigned responsibilities and is responsible for assisting the Chief of SPS on: Technical oversight of all reprocessing of RME and equipment used in reprocessing wherever such reprocessing occurs within the facility regardless of organization alignment. All functions of SPS and the RME program, regardless if organizational alignments are functioning effectively; this includes decontamination, preparation, case cart and distribution, proper procedures for cleaning of reusable equipment are implemented. 3. Ensures the incorporation of all aspects of the SPS infection control standards into day to day operations. The incumbent is expected to have a thorough and complete working knowledge of all SPS operations rotating among the various duty assignments in SPS. Assignments include infection prevention, decontamination, instrument preparation, sterilization (steam and hydrogen peroxide), equipment, high level disinfection, maintenance, and supply, storage, and issue. Incumbent communicates and networks with all patient care areas utilizing RME to ensure appropriate training regarding the same occurs and that all are receiving appropriate support, resolving issues as they occur, regardless of tour of duty. For \"after hours\" issues, incumbent must respond quickly and effectively. Ensures secondary inventory points are inventoried and replenished on a regular and timely basis. Responsibilities include training Lead Technicians in monitoring/analysis on inventory consumption, identifying any stock level excesses or deficiencies, adjusting supply levels without wastage as appropriate. Ensures the activities of the Medical Supply Technicians are supervised and coordinated to accomplish all RME reprocessing correctly and in a timely manner. Incumbent ensures a process is in place for the completion of competencies and annual training requirements for all personnel involved in the reprocessing of RME. Incumbent provides input and final approval for monthly, quarterly, and annual in-service training based on NPOSP and regulatory inputs. Ensures all SOPs and competencies that relate to SPS operations and RME are updated and/or revised and indexed. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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