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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Medical Supply Technician in Eugene, Oregon

Summary

The Supervisory MST functions as a first-level supervisor responsible for the oversight of a group of MSTs, with administrative responsibility for planning and directing the work. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives may be authorized for highly qualified candidates.

Responsibilities

Processes and sterilizes a wide variety of instrumentation, to include implant devices, in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations, and ensures that they are held for the required time post sterilization per regulations. Consists of publications on sterile supply operations, listing of the contents of trays and sets, operating room and clinic schedules, manufacturer's catalogs and fact sheets, assembly and troubleshooting manuals, equipment operating instructions, shelf-life guidelines and oral instructions on the various medical personnel preferences concerning supplies. Since guidelines are not totally specific, the employee has some leeway in determining the tray and package setups based on specials requests and recommending substitutes due to unavailability or cost concerns. Guidelines permit no deviation from certain set procedures such as operation of sterilizers, content of sets (except when prescribed items are unavailable), and use of standard tests. Judgement is required in such activities as selecting pre-sterilization cleaning methods and sterilization mediums, placement of instruments in tray, and the substitution of items for missing supplies, instruments and equipment. Judgement based on past experience is required in resolving malfunctions in equipment. Prudence and experienced judgement are required in emergency situations where the employee must decide to use less desirable or more costly processing to make available urgently needed supplies, instruments and equipment. Must be capable of concentrating on several activities at one time, being alert to the various sounds and actions in each work area, e.g., sounds from the ultrasonic washer, decontamination washers and sterilizers while washing or preparing items for processing, always watchful of possible malfunctions. Checks for damaged or missing items and arranges for replacement, maintenance, or repair as needed. Independently prepares the full range of trays and sets necessary to be used in wards, clinic areas, dental clinic and OR. Assigns work with standing instructions on objectives, priorities, and deadlines, and provides guidance for unusually involved situations. Evaluates completed work for overall technical soundness and conformance to agency policies through competency assessment utilizing simulation, direct observation and verbal responses from the incumbent. Works as team member with other Medical Supply Technicians of various experience to carry out the daily work utilizing the written standard operating procedures and/or manufactures written instructions in accordance with instructions, policies, previous training, or accepted/standard practices. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 0800 - 1630

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

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. GS-08 Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) Grade Determinations: (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. Ability to manage, interact and deal with individuals of varying backgrounds. 2. Ability to direct staff and manage tasks to be completed. 3. Ability to oversee and supervise all aspects of decontamination, preparation, sterilization, monitoring, and distribution of RME. 4. 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. Preferred Experience: Knowledge of the processes for Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) as required by this position. Knowledge of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), following the manufactures instructions or use and competencies which document the processes and procedures for cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and preparation of RME appropriate to this position. References: VA Handbook 5505/76 Part II, Appendix G47 Physical Requirements: 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 and cold. The employee is subject to the possibility of falls, scrapes, cuts, bruises, and other injuries from material handling equipment. The work requires standing, balance, walking/moving during the entire workday, frequent bending, twisting, turning, and lifting of packages (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). The work requires dexterity to inspect RME and lift baskets and containers weighing 25 to 50 pounds from floor level to chest level. Employee regularly pushes loaded carts weighing several hundred pounds. Necessity for dexterity and visual acuity for manipulating, disassembly and assembly of instrumentation. Work requires depth perception, ability to distinguish colors and ability to hear equipment sounds, equipment and safety alarm devices. On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a carefully controlled clean environment and contaminated environment. The employee wears special clothing, face shield, hair/beard/facial 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 work area is noisy due to the clatter of metal instruments, rumbling of carts and operation of pre-sterilizing equipment. Pre-treatment of the instrumentation of a requirement of the end-user, However, the employee may work around body fluids, mucous, excretions and tissue, some of which may be foul smelling. Strong, unpleasant odors are encountered while decontaminating bloody or grossly contaminated instrumentation, chemicals or reusable medical equipment

Education

IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

Additional Information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status. VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health-related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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