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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) in Wyoming, Michigan


The incumbent is a Supervisory Medical Supply Technician (MST) for Sterile Processing Service (SPS) responsible for assisting in the planning, direction and management of all areas of the SPS, Decontamination, Reusable Medical Device reprocessing and Inventory Control. Additional duties may be assigned. Duties are performed primarily at the Wyoming Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) with frequent travel to the Battle Creek VA and/or (CBOCs) based upon operational needs.


Managing, interacting and dealing with individuals of varying backgrounds. Directing staff and managing tasks to be completed. Overseeing and supervising all aspects of decontamination, preparation, sterilization, monitoring, and distribution of reusable medical equipment (RME). Performing a full range of supervisory duties, including assigning, planning and evaluating work, recommending awards, approving leave, identifying training needs, and resolving staff issues. Functioning as a first-level supervisor responsible for the oversight of a group of MSTs, with administrative responsibility for planning and directing of the work. Overseeing attendance and leave, including approval of sick and annual leave and vacation schedules.Informs higher level management of anticipated vacancies or increases in workload. Recommending promotions, reassignments, recognition of superior performance, retention or release of probationary employees or other changes of assigned personnel. Holding corrective interviews with employees, referring disciplinary problems to higher levels of management. Resolving informal complaints of employees and deals with union representatives on personnel matters. Providing direct supervision of day-to-day operations in Sterile Processing Service (SPS). Communicating daily with customers in order to ensure open communication that results in uninterrupted and consistently accurate flow of necessary reusable medical equipment. Providing advice and counsel to workers related to technical work and administrative matters. Making operational decisions based upon findings, observations or challenges presented by subordinate technicians and direct observation. Overseeing the work of employees under his/her supervision, orienting new employees to their duties, validating competencies of employees, identifying equipment requirements, and recommending methods to improve the quality and productivity of the service. Exercising judgment in all technical matters within the scope of SPS, with that judgment based on expert knowledge of requirements and guidelines from VHA, Joint Commission, International Association of Health Care Central Service Materiel Management, Association of Preoperative Registered Nurses, and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.


Conditions of Employment


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. Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade of a GS-7 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of GS-7 or equivalent experience are: Assembling highly complex instrument sets including, but not limited to, open heart, major orthopedic total joint, cardiovascular, craniotomy and complex endoscopic instrumentation. Processing all complex endoscopic instrumentation to include those medical devices used in the gastroenterology laboratory, bronchoscopy laboratory, urology and operating room. Reviewing manufacturer guidelines to ensure the correct methods and parameters are followed when cleaning, decontaminating and sterilizing reusable medical equipment (RME). Troubleshooting and analyzing mechanical failures and making necessary adjustments to complex decontamination and sterilization equipment, as well as interpreting alarm conditions which may occur while operating the equipment. Distributing and prioritizing workload among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specializations. Instructing employees on work-related activities, policies, procedures, and goals. Communicating the status and progress of work, and makes day to day adjustments in accordance with established schedules, obtaining assistance from the supervisor on problems that may arise, such as unanticipated backlogs or emergency requests that cannot be accomplished promptly. Providing on the job training to new employees in accordance with all established policies and procedures, i.e. medical center P&P VA directives, IAHCSMM standards, and all related manuals. Leading a group of employees and providing direction, training, work advice and reviewing of the work in sterile processing. Communicating effectively with a wide variety of personnel in the sterile processing unit, clinic, operating rooms, etc. to process the work and handle special requests effectively. Selecting, using, testing, and adjusting various washers, sterilizers, aerators, and other equipment, and the appropriate cleaning agents and techniques to use for a wide variety of equipment (stainless steel instruments, titanium instruments, flexible tubing, mammary prostheses, electric drills). Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: Ability to manage, interact and deal with individuals of varying backgrounds. Ability to direct staff and manage tasks to be completed. Ability to oversee and supervise all aspects of decontamination, preparation, sterilization, monitoring, and distribution of RME. 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: Two years of lead or supervisory experience in sterile processing. Five or more years combined Sterile Processing and/or Surgery experience. Current certification through CBSPD, IAHCSMM, or AST. Associate degree in health related concentration or business management. References: VA Handbook 5005/76, Part II, Appendix G47 Physical Requirements: This work is performed in various settings: decontamination, preparation, clean sterile supply (preparation), gastrointestinal intestinal endoscope reprocessing hub, and in other services and departments throughout the medical facility/campus. The work requires proper body mechanics when standing and walking during the entire workday and frequent bending and lifting of packages/instrument trays (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). The work requires dexterity and visual acuity for manipulating, disassembly and assembly of instrumentation. On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled clean environment. The employee wears special clothing, hair 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 employee often works around body fluids, mucous, excretions and bits of tissue, some of which may be foul smelling. Strong, unpleasant odors are encountered while decontaminating bloody or grossly contaminated instrumentation or reusable medical equipment.


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

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.