The Medical Supply Technician is responsible for the decontamination and processing of all Reusable Medical Equipment. Incumbent will perform the full range of duties required to decontaminate, clean, sterilize, process, prepare, store, and distribute medical supplies and equipment used in all areas of the hospital. This vacancy is located at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 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. English Language Proficiency: MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, Certification: None. Preferred Experience: 1-2 years of experience as a medical supply technician, surgical technician, and/or dental technician. Grade Determinations:GS-3 (Entry Level):Experience or Education: None beyond the basic requirements GS-04 (Developmental Level): 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 Education: Two years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation. (If using education to qualify, then transcripts must be provided at time of application). 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. 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. (IMPORTANT NOTE: KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties, please be specific in describing duties performed which demonstrate that you possess the KSAs required for the respective grade level/s; we may not make assumptions regarding your experience). GS-05 (Developmental Level) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; OR 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. (If using education to qualify, then transcripts must be provided at time of application). 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. (IMPORTANT NOTE: KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties, please be specific in describing duties performed which demonstrate that you possess the KSAs required for the respective grade level/s; we may not make assumptions regarding your experience). GS-06 (Full Performance Level) Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. 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. (IMPORTANT NOTE: KSAs must be clearly reflected in resume under description of duties, please be specific in describing duties performed which demonstrate that you possess the KSAs required for the respective grade level/s; we may not make assumptions regarding your experience). References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/76 PART II APPENDIX G47. 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 requires regular and recurring physical exertion, such as, standing for prolonged periods of time, lifting medical supply items weighing more than 25 pounds, pushing medical supply carts weighing up to several hundred pounds, and frequent bending and stretching. The work requires dexterity in such tasks as inserting small rods in needle openings or precisely aligning component parts while reassembling medical equipment. On a regular and recurring basis, the employee alternates between a contaminated environment and a carefully controlled cleaned environment. In both, the employees wear special clothing which can be uncomfortably warm. While handling contaminated medical supplies the employee also uses rubber gloves and an apron. The work area is often hot and humid. The employee is subject to slipping on wet floors. The employee often works around body fluids, mucous, excretions, and bits of tissue, some of which may be foul smelling, strong and unpleasant odors are encountered while sterilizing laboratory cultures prior to disposal. The work area is noisy due to the clatter of metal instruments, rumbling of carts, and operation of pre-sterilizing equipment. ["If you ARE a current, permanent VHA or Federal Employee, you should apply under announcement: CBST-11344622-22-AH TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE, OR YOU WILL RECEIVE AN ELECTRONIC NOTICE THAT YOU ARE RATED INELIGIBLE. SEE QUALIFICATIONS SECTION AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTS SECTION FOR DETAILS. KSAs MUST BE DEMONSTRATED IN YOUR RESUME. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT AND REFER BACK TO IT OFTEN WHEN WRITING YOUR RESUME. ***RESUME REQUIREMENT: YOUR RESUME MUST INCLUDE ALL OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR EACH POSITION LISTED:JOB TITLE, DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES(BE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE), BEGINNING AND ENDING DATE (MONTH/YEAR), AND AVERAGE HOURS WORKED PER WEEK.*** Duties may include but are not limited to: Performs basic sterilization testing procedures utilizing line microorganisms and chemical reactive testing to ensure all sterilization parameters are being met by sterilizer chambers. Complies to strict, accurate record keeping of sterilizer functions and tests, inclusive of reading and interpreting sterilizer charts, gauges and controls, being adept at detecting machine malfunction while knowing appropriate reporting procedures. Possesses knowledgeable pertaining to instruments, instrument trays, surgical instrumentation sets, simplistic diagnostic treatment of instruments and final wrapping techniques. Inventories, replenishes shortages from sterile supply, inspects for sterility integrity for instrument sets and expendable items. Adheres to facility regulations regarding application and removal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Rotates, restocks outdated supplies, and maintains stock levels of surgical supplies and equipment for wards, clinics, and the operating room. Initiates requests for items based on the daily schedule of needs or individual requisitions. Performs daily housekeeping duties to ensure environment of care is maintained. Prepares individual surgical case carts with required instruments and surgical supplies for each scheduled and emergency operative procedure. Operates automation equipment to prepare, store, retrieve or process information. Receives a full range of reusable medical supplies, instruments and equipment from hospital wards, clinics and operating rooms. Decontaminates reusable items by determining the appropriate method for removing gross contamination by means of manual cleaning procedures. Disassembles, decontaminates, and reassembles items as required. Follows all device specific Instructions for Use (IFU) and set forth Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) when conducting assembly and sterilization procedures. Assembles a wide variety of instrument trays and sets used for medical procedures including the operating room. Checks for damaged or missing items and arranges for replacements, maintenance, or repair as needed. Processes, assembles, and performs all phases of sterilization for intricate surgical trays and microsurgery instruments for the operating room (trays contain large numbers of unique, non-interchangeable, specialized surgical instruments of similar appearance, with minor variations in size, conformation, and nomenclature, but with major variation in application). Performs daily spore testing and sterilizer control measures as it relates to quality assurance principles of sterilization and elimination of cross contamination and determines whether items are free of microorganisms. Monitors and interprets biological challenges processed for each sterilization cycle. Accepts accountability for the transport, tracking, and return of items at storage locations. Researches and applies the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) standards as they pertain to sterile processing and the distribution of medical supplies. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 12:00PM-8:30PM; with rotating On Call status.\nTelework: Not Available.\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nRelocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required."]
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