Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Trainer
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Tomah, Wisconsin
Internal Number: 613367000
This position is organizationally aligned to the Sterile Processing section of the Nursing Service at the Tomah, Wisconsin VA Medical Center and 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. 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 staff that reprocess and utilize RME 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. Functions or Scope of Assigned Duties: - Maintains proficiency and expert knowledge of all areas of sterile processing to include: Decontamination, preparation and assembly, sterilization, High-Level disinfection, sterile storage, distribution, water quality and environmental controls as they relate to the reprocessing and management of reusable medical equipment. - Provides initial orientation, annual training, competency training and retraining/remediation for new and established SPS employees. - Develops, monitors, and revises SPS education programs for transportation, decontamination, preparation/assembly, sterilization/disinfection, distribution, and storage of reusable medical equipment for the medical center. - Develops and provides training to employees to fully comply with provisions of safety regulations and infection control procedures and principles. - Identifies, develops and executes the training needs of SPS employees training plans(literature review, continuing education, in-services, certifications, and/or informal education, to improve knowledge in specialized areas of processing reusable medical equipment) in collaboration with the RME Coordinator/RN Educator to include scheduling training to meet the needs of employees. - Creates learning plans that meet the needs of individual and specific groups. Evaluates and documents results of learning activities. Participates in tracking and trending educational data. - Develops instructional plans and training based on established learning objectives and requirements that are provided in the manufacturer's instructions, VHA directives and memorandums. - Evaluates employee competency on proper procedures and methods based on department and hospital polices. Utilizes competency validation methods noted by VA policy. - Evaluates the employee compliance with established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). This includes posting and maintaining current documents of SOP, Competencies and Information for Use (IFU) documents on a regular basis. - Develops, monitors, and revises SPS educational programs for both new and existing employees. - Assess the Quality of work by performing tracers on activities related to RME workflow to identify areas of non-conformance, risk and training needs. - Utilizes advanced functions of instrument tracking system to manage RME throughout the facility. - Instructs staff on work-related activities, policies, procedures and goals to include various forms of learning. - Perform and/or participate in risk assessments and related actions executing learning objectives as assigned. - Participates in tracking, trending and analyzing education data and formulate reports or responses to action plans. Identifies opportunities for improvement, makes recommendations and/or prepares reports based on findings. Uses Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Censitrac and other software programs in order to complete reports and develops skills. - Communicates effectively with staff and management officials in regards to sterile processing procedures and any areas of action needed. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:30pm, 8:00am - 4:30pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Title/Functional Statement #:Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) - Trainer/PD000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.