Covenant Health

Job Title
Sterile Proc Tech-Cert
ID
3570831
Facility
Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge
Department Name
STERILE PROCESSING

Overview

Methodist

 

 

Sterile Processing Technician - Certified

Full time, 80 Hours Per Pay Period, Variable 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 department.

 

 

Recruiter: Kathleen Rice || kkarnes@covhlth.com || 865-374-5391

Responsibilities

 

  • Cleans, decontaminates, assembles, and sterilizes 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, and assists with preparations for the Joint Commission inspections.
  • 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.
  • Assists with the supply replenishment process for the OR.
  • 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.
  • Collects data for quality measurements.
  • NON-ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Other duties as assigned.
  • HEALTH/SAFETY/COMPETENCE: Cannot pose a direct threat to health or safety of self or others. Must provide safe, efficient, competent care to customer or patient population assigned.  Must demonstrate competency of the unit specific functions described in the performance continuum, skill lists and/or standards.

    SENSORY AND PHYSICAL STANDARDS

                Sitting -                            Not a requirement

                Standing -                        3-7 hours per day

                Walking/Mobility -           3-7 hours per day

                Lifting -                            Over 50 lbs. with good body mechanics

                Twisting -                         Moderate - 121-480 per day

                Bending -                         Moderate – 121 – 480 per day

                Squat/Kneeling -              Infrequent – 1-120 per day

                Endurance -                      Moderate energy requirements (3-5 Mets)

                Pinching -                         Frequent – 481-1000 per day

                Wrist/

                Hand Repetitions -           Moderate energy requirements (961-2880/day)

                Manual Dexterity -           Frequent w/fine motor skills

                Near Vision -                    20/40 near vision required

                Far Vision -                      20/40 far vision required

                Color Vision                     Requires discriminating between red, green and white

                Depth Perception -           Accurate depth perception required

                Hearing -                          Hearing whispered voice at 3 feet required

                Speaking -                        Frequent need for effective communication

                Infections -                       Frequent exposure to infections

 

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT:

            Low Temperature -     Environment 40 - 60 F                                   

            High Temperature -     Environment 70 - 80 F                                               

            Wetness/Dampness -   Occasional Exposure

            Slippery Surfaces -      Occasional Exposure              

            Uneven Surfaces -       No Exposure                                                  

            High Elevations -        No Exposure                                                  

            Confined Spaces -       7 or more hours per day                                                                                  Vibration -                   No Exposure                                                  

            Non-ionizing               No Exposure

            Ionizing Radiation      No Exposure                                                  

            Noise -                         Moderate Exposure                                                    

            Body Injuries -            No likelihood

            Moving Objects -        Slight likelihood of injury

            Toxic Conditions -      Moderate Exposure

  • Confidentiality - Must keep all patient, co-workers and business information strictly confidential at all times.
  • Management - Must meet the MMC Obligations of Management.
  • Judgment - Must be able to judge appropriately what information to release, must have the ability to analyze situations and take appropriate action when necessary.
  • Customer Service - Must practice MMC's Customer Service Guidelines and Standards.
  • Working with Others - Must possess an extremely pleasant, courteous and helpful attitude; excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely and cooperatively with others are required.
  • Pace of Work - Must be able to work effectively in a high stress work environment.
  • Flexibility - Must have the ability to remain mentally alert and maintain concentration with attention to detail for prolonged periods, at times under stress. Must demonstrate adaptability, flexibility, initiative, persistence, and efficiency of time management and action.
  • Attendance - Absences must be infrequent.
  • Communication - Must demonstrate effective communication skills on all socio-economic levels using tact, articulation and a professional manner.

 

EQUIPMENT - THE PERSON IN THIS POSITION MUST HAVE THE WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT:  ALL SPECIALTY INSTRUMENTS AND EQUIPMENT ON ASSIGNED SERVICE.

 

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION SUPERSEDES PRIOR DESCRIPTIONS FOR THIS POSITION.  THIS DESCRIPTION IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS A COMPLETE LISTING OF THE ASSIGNMENTS THAT MAY BE GIVEN TO ANY EMPLOYEE, NOR ARE SUCH ASSIGNMENTS RESTRICTED TO THOSE PRECISELY LISTED IN THE DESCRIPTION.

Qualifications

Education/Knowledge/Skills:

Must have successfully met the eligibility requirements to take the certification exam given by the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD). Must have knowledge of decontamination, assembly, sterilization, hospital policies and procedures, infection control, fire and safety requirements.

 

Experience:

Previous experience in job specialty is required.

 

Licensure/Certifications:

Must be certified through the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) upon placement into a Certified Sterile Processing Technician position. Must be currently certified as above when placed into a Certified Sterile Processing Technician position after working in a Non-Certified Technician position for more than a year.

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