This job is responsible for the education and quality assessments of the hospital's Sterile Processing Program according to standards set by regulatory agency guidelines. This job works with leadership to maintain consistent high standards in the training and education processes of Sterile Processing Technicians to assure that the department will meet or exceed the requirements of nationally recognized accrediting organizations.
Required – High School diploma or equivalent
Preferred – Bachelor’s degree
Additional degrees, business training experience and/or certifications may be combined to meet minimum qualifications
Required – 3 years’ experience working with and leading teams
Preferred – 2 years’ experience working in sterile processing
Preferred – Experience as a scrub tech or surgical tech in a hospital setting
Preferred – Experience with an instrument tracking system (i.e. ABACUS)
Required – Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), must be obtained within 2 years of hire
OR Certified Sterile Processing Department Technician (CSPDT)
OR Certified Surgical Technologist (CST)
Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)
- Must have a good working knowledge of instruments, the operation/workings of the OR and be able to readily understand their issues and requests
- Knowledge and understanding of OR terminology
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Self-starter including the ability to work independently, set priorities, be flexible, multi-task and meet deadlines
- Strong computer skills required, including a working knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel
- Detail oriented, excellent organizational and documentation skills
- Develops, plans, implements and evaluates educational programs to meet the needs of the Sterile Processing Department (SPD) to aide in the professional development of staff.
- Provides a comprehensive departmental orientation to all new personnel and required training to all staff on an ongoing basis. Coordinates, facilitates, and evaluates the orientation process.
- Provides a comprehensive and technical orientation, education, and training program for the sterile processing staff.
- Ensures the competency of all SPD staff and maintains departmental education records in compliance with regulatory guidelines along with performing quarterly audits of employee records.
- Oversees quality and infection control initiatives for SPD.
- Provides training and education to staff to prepare them for the national certification examinations.
- Provides instructions and in-service in new products, procedures and equipment in a manner that will identify and prevent resource loss and maintain safety
- Other related duties as required.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.
The employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.
Physical and Environmental Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Heavy Work - Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects. (Constantly: activity or condition exists 2/3 or more of the time) to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Even though the weight lifted may be only a negligible amount, a job should be rated Light Work: (1) when it requires walking or standing to a significant degree; or (2) when it requires sitting most of the time but entails pushing and/or pulling of arm or leg controls; and/or (3) when the job requires working at a production rate pace entailing the constant pushing and/or pulling of materials even though the weight of those materials is negligible. NOTE: The constant stress and strain of maintaining a production rate pace, especially in an industrial setting, can be and is physically demanding of a worker even though the amount of force exerted is negligible.
Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.
The incumbent works in a patient care area; works in an area where patients enter; works directly with patients; and/or works with specimens that could contain communicable diseases. There may be an occupational risk for exposure to communicable diseases.
Because the incumbent works within a healthcare setting, there may be occupational risk for exposure to hazardous medications or hazardous waste within the environment through receipt, transport, storage, preparation, dispensing, administration, cleaning and/or disposal of contaminated waste. The risk level of exposure may increase depending on the essential job duties of the role.