The incumbent serves as the Medical Supply Technician Trainer within the Sterile Processing Department of the Patient Care Services within Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital Healthcare System. The Truman Veterans' Hospital and Clinics is a facility/health care system with comprehensive research program and is a 1c complexity level category for VHA facilities. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/02/2023. 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. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.g. English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in VA Policy. Preferred Experience: Grade Determinations: GS-07 Medical Supply Technician Trainer. Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Knowledge of SPS and Infection Prevention regulations. 2. Knowledge of procedures and/or operations in training developed for, and operations of SPS functions for both new and existing staff. 3. Ability to manage integrated training programs as it relates to sterile processing procedures. 4. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel or other software programs in order to complete reports and develop skills. 5. Ability to communicate effectively with staff and management officials in regards to sterile processing procedures. Assignment: Assignment. The MST Trainer is responsible for developing formal and informal written plans for the SPS training program, in compliance with accreditation organizations and VHA-specific requirements as well as medical center policies and procedures for SPS and related staff. Facilitates training of SPS staff through educational programs and job specific instruction. Improves SPS processes by facilitating the application for new technology of reusable medical devices by training all new and existing staff. Develops, monitors, and revises SPS educational programs for both new and existing staff. Documents and assesses staff's training, to identify areas of strength and need. Develops an education plan (literature review, continuing education, in-services, certification and/or formal education) to maintain and improve knowledge in specialized areas of processing reusable medical devices. Participates in tracking, trending and analyzing education data. Identifies opportunities for improvement, makes recommendations and/or prepares reports based on findings. Develops and conducts the annual review of the SPS preceptor program. References: APPENDIX G47. MEDICAL SUPPLY TECHNICIAN (STERILE PROCESSING) QUALIFICATION STANDARD, GS-622, PART II, APPENDIX G47, dated July 8, 2015 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: The work is performed in various settings; office, preparation, decontamination, sterile storage areas, and in other services and departments. 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, walking, bending, stooping stretching, and reaching during the entire workday, and frequent bending and lifting of supply packages (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). All SPS staff is required to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when assigned to all areas within SPS, operations as well as any of the clinical and operating room environments where appropriate PPE is deemed necessary while performing duties. ["The incumbent is responsible for the Training duties in the Sterile Processing Service, developing formal and informal written plans for SPS training program in compliance with accreditation organizations and VHA-specific requirements as well as medical center policies and procedures for SPS and related staff. The incumbent must be able to train SPS personnel and communicate effectively to ensure user unit needs are met on a consistent basis. The incumbent must possess the knowledge and skills to train staff to accurately and meticulously decontaminate process and sterilize a wide variety of complex, medical, surgical, endoscopic, and dental devices. Balances the training needs among employees in accordance with established workflow or job specialization, assures timely accomplishment of the assigned training. Monitors and reports the status and progress of training and adjusts curriculum according to established priorities. The incumbent maintains current knowledge of policies, directives, Healthcare Sterile Processing Association HSPA guidelines as well as knowledge of AAMI and AORN Standards. The incumbent improves SPS processes by facilitating the application for new technology of RMD by training all new and existing staff. Develops, monitors, and revises SPS educational programs for new and existing staff. Documents and assess staff's training to identify areas of strength and need. Develops an education plan (literature review, continuing education, in-services, certification and/or formal education) to maintain and improve knowledge in specialized areas of processing RMD. Participates in tracking, trending, and analyzing education data. Identifies opportunities for improvement, makes recommendations and/or prepares reports based on findings. Develops and conducts the annual review of the SPS preceptor program. The incumbent will develop and assess competencies according to establish guidelines and maintain a competency assessment schedule that assures timely and complete assessments that are well documented. The incumbent will be responsible for maintaining Functional Statement Medical Supply Technician, Trainer - Sterile Processing Services GS-0622-07 training and competency folders for all Medical Supply Technicians in accordance with directives, memorandums, and/or policy. The incumbent must have a thorough knowledge of, and the ability to orient new staff, to a full range of: (1) Sets and trays used throughout the medical center, including those used in the operating room, and (2) medical/surgical terminology, human anatomy, and physiology. The incumbent directs the cleaning priorities of contaminated reusable medical equipment from wards, operating rooms, and clinics and ensures staff inspects these items for damage and that they are in good working condition. The incumbent is a resource for Medical Supply Technicians in the loading and operation of sterilizers such as Steam, Sterrad and high-level disinfecting process as well as reprocessing of endoscopes. The incumbent will accommodate special and emergent training requirements through consultation and coordination with medical/surgical professional staff. The incumbent assists the Assistant Chief of Sterile Processing as Subject Matter Expert (SME) on the proper use, cleaning, and sterilization of RMD and any problems that may arise. The incumbent acts as a liaison and SME for SPS to all services to assure their RMD needs are met. The incumbent will assist with SOP management for current and new equipment, to include preparing, reviewing, and providing training to staff. The incumbent receives extensive training in such areas as the use and functioning of new surgical supplies, instruments, and equipment. Training sessions may include video tapes, lectures, hospital magazines and literature. The incumbent will maintain communications with manufacturer representatives, and professional organizations for SPS. The incumbent is then responsible for disseminating the training to Medical Supply Technicians and assessing for comprehension and the correct application of training as well as monitoring of ongoing competency. The incumbent will accommodate special and emergent training requirements through consultation and coordination with the medical surgical professional staff. The incumbent is responsible for assisting with the orientation of new Medical Supply Technicians, maintaining the orientation documentation/folder, and reporting results to the Assistant Chief SPS monthly. Work Schedule: 8:00am - 4:30pm Monday-Friday. Must be willing to rotate to other shifts to assist staff with training. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required References: Please provide \"References\" with application. At a minimum two current or former supervisors or from individuals who were in a position of a professional nature. Indicated if the Hiring Manager may contact."]
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