Covenant Health

Job Title
Sterile Proc Tech
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge
Department Name







Sterile Processing Technician

Full time, 80 hours per pay period, Night shifts


With more than 30 specialties from Cardiology and Neurosurgery to Orthopedics and Vascular care, Methodist Medical Center was one of the first hospitals in East Tennessee to offer cutting-edge treatments and technologies that benefit people with life-threatening aneurysms, severely damaged knee, hip and shoulder joints, sudden heart failure, and non-healing wounds.

  • 301 licensed beds
  • 25 ICU beds
  • 8 step-down beds
  • 38 emergency suites
  • 2 cath labs
  • 1 electrophysiology lab
  • 8 LDRP suites
  • 205 active and courtesy physicians
  • 1,192 employees


Job Objectives:

Store, process and issue supplies and instruments for use in the operating room and clinical hospital departments. Assist with the supply replenishment for the materials management operations within the surgery departments.



Recruiter: Kathleen Rice || || 865-374-5391


  • Cleans and decontaminates equipment and instruments utilizing established antiseptic techniques.
  • Operates and maintains washer decontamination unit and ultrasonic cleaner.
  • Operates and maintains all sterilizers used within the sterile processing department and OR; maintains appropriate records in compliance with the Joint Commission standards;
  • Maintains routine biological readings on Steris for quality control.
  • Provides sterile linen and instrumentation for all clinical departments.
  • Assembles the supplies and instruments necessary for surgical cases.
  • Responsible for putting away supplies and instruments and ensuring proper rotation of such.
  • Maintains and operates etcher for proper identification of instruments.
  • Utilizes department computer programs to complete data entry and access reports for supply and instrument management functions.
  • Communicates and renders assistance to nursing staff within the limits that their training and skills permit.



A high school diploma or its equivalent is required. Additional training in the nursing field is preferred. Working knowledge of aseptic technique is required. Must be able to read with comprehension and write legibly.  Must be capable of understanding and following instructions provided on the proper care of surgical instruments, endoscopes, drills, and all items cleaned and processed for surgery.  Must possess critical thinking skills pertinent to the sterile processing environment.  Computer skills with hardware/software preferred.


For staff involved in the care of age-specific groups, knowledge of the bio-psychosocial needs of adult, geriatric and pediatric patients is essential.  Special knowledge is required in growth and development needs of pediatric/geriatric patients where applicable.



Six months' previous experience in the workroom is preferred.



None is required.


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