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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Supply Tech (Sterile Processing Service) in Saint Louis, Missouri

Summary

Position is located in the Sterile Processing Services (SPS) Section of Patient Services. The incumbent will provide inventory support and physically maintain stock at primary and secondary inventory locations for SPS.

Responsibilities

Duties include but not limited to:

  • Provides inventory support and physically maintains stock at secondary inventory locations for SPS.

  • Provides sterilization, preparation, and decontamination support for the medical center. Properly disassembles supply items avoiding damage or unnecessary wear.

  • Utilizes Standard Operating Procedures and manufacturer instructions during required troubleshooting.

  • Uses seasoned judgment to ensure minimum potential for damage to equipment.

  • Removes gross contamination, pre-sterilizes biological contamination and decontaminates all reusable supplies and equipment.

  • Visually examines items for damage, deterioration, or imperfections such as rust, pitting and cracks.

  • Operates medical equipment to determine whether it operates correctly after reassembly.

  • Packages individual items or assembles items into sets or trays.

  • Determines appropriate method of sterilization and attaches chemical indicator tape to package.

  • Receives new supplies, checks deliveries for quality and quantity.

  • Stores items in accordance with inventory system. Work Schedule: Rotating Tours

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/05/2020. Basic Requirements:

a. Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3,Section A, paragraph 3g.)

b. 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.

c. Certification. None.

e. Foreign Education. To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U. S. programs.

f. Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

g. English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations:

Grade Determinations. The following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates.

(1) GS-03 (Entry Level)

(a) Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.

(b) Assignment. This is an entry level MST position. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision.

(2) GS-04 (Developmental Level)

(a) Experience. Six months experience as a MST, operating room or surgical technician or other position that demonstrated knowledge of sterile processing in a clinical setting; or

(b) Education. Two years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation. NOTE: Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or nursing assistants obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces, the U.S. Maritime Service, or hospitals under close medical and professional supervision, may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to 6 months of experience.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:

  1. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.

  2. Basic knowledge of medical terminology in order to assemble specialty operating room/clinic instrument sets.

  3. Basic knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.

  4. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

(d) Assignment. This is a developmental level MST position. Performs segments of work pertaining to the decontamination, sterilization and inspection of reusable medical equipment (RME).Completes segments of work pertaining to the assembly of basic sets and trays for use in the medical center. Operates equipment involved in sterilization processes. Prepares operating room case carts. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision.

(3) GS-05 (Developmental Level)

(a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or

(b) Education. Four academic years above high school leading to a Bachelor's degree with at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation or a Bachelor's degree.

(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  1. Basic knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.

  2. Basic knowledge of event-related packaging in regards to sterility.

  3. Knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.

(d) Assignment: This is a developmental level MST position. Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other containments by wiping, soaking, rinsing, and scrubbing.Inspects packages for indications of proper sterilization, assembles basic sets and trays used throughout the medical center including those used in the operating room. Prepares, loads, and operates sterilizers such as steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and a high level disinfecting scope reprocessor; prepares operating room case carts daily using surgery schedule. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex tasks and require direct supervision on new assignments.

(4) GS-06 (Full Performance Level)

(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. Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.

  2. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.

  3. Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures.

  4. Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation.

  5. Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures.

(c) Assignment. This is the full performance level for the occupation. Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in the decontamination area and may receive noncritical equipment in the decontamination area as well. Disassembles the RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as but not limited to ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents, as determined by manufacturer instructions.Inspects, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as but not limited to steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and high level disinfecting scope reprocessors. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/76, PART II, APPENDIX G47, MEDICAL SUPPLY TECHNICIAN (STERILE PROCESSING) QUALIFICATION STANDARD GS-622 July 8, 2015, The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-6. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-3 to GS-6. 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.

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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