TCF Medical Supply Technician - GS-0622-05 The Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions. This position is located within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), (VHA), (SPS), which is an organizational element within the VHA medical facilities. The incumbent serves as a Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) (MST) for the VHA, SPS. All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. 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. Certification: None. English Language Proficiency: MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English. Grade Determinations: GS-05 (Developmental Level) Experience: One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-4; 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. AND 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. Preferred Experience: VA SPS Level I, Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA) certification References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/83 PART II APPENDIX G47 Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, heavy carrying, walking, standing, repeated bending, both legs required ["The Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce development program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions. The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field. Individuals selected follow a formal training plan for two years during which they are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor. Preceptors are selected annually, through an extensive application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment to training and the suitability of their facility as a training location. *Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, Training, and Continued Service Agreements. Duties include, but are not limited: Serves as an MST (SP) and rotates among the various reprocessing areas, which may entail case cart assembly, instruments, and equipment reprocessing. Completes assignments within decontamination areas, instrument preparation areas, endoscope reprocessing areas, and RMD storage areas. Uses knowledge of aseptic principles, surgical instruments used in sterile procedures and operating rooms and clinic settings; standard precautions for safety, and prevention of cross-contamination to complete various assignments and projects. Uses vast knowledge of medical and surgical terminology, human anatomy, and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions, and therapeutic procedures to complete assignments and provide advice to other staff. Assembles highly, complex instrument sets, which may include major orthopedic total joint, craniotomy, open heart, cardiovascular, and complex endoscopic instrumentation. Processes RMD devices in support of complex procedures completed in gastroenterology laboratory, bronchoscopy laboratory, urology, and operating room. Reviews manufacturer guidelines to ensure the correct methods and parameters are followed when cleaning, decontaminating, disinfecting, sterilizing, disassembling, and storing of RMD. Performs transport of clean and soiled RMD in a manner that does not allow cross contamination. Actively participates in training and educational activities, to include acting as a preceptor to new employees and those employees' requiring re-orientation/remediation. Is a resource to standard operating procedure (SOP) development by field testing and providing feedback on written protocols, SOP's and/or other work instruction. Maintains an orderly work environment, sustains a work area free of expired or damaged supplies. Monitors the environment and reports variations from prescribed temperature, humidity and air flow as appropriate. Performs notification of supervisory personnel, end-users, and/or Supply Chain Management (SCM) relating to the availability of RMD and supplies. Uses an understanding of the chemical characteristics of a variety of cleaning and sterilizing agents and techniques so that the proper agent is selected to process simple and complex RMD Operates and instructs others in the operation of simple and complex SPS reprocessing equipment such as ultrasonic cleaners, washer disinfectors and dental handpiece oiling units using written guidelines and/or SOP. These guidelines and instructions include proper parameters, timers, and continual alerts to detect machine malfunctions. Receives, disassembles, and inspects RMD in the decontamination area. Disassembles medical instruments and equipment according to manufacturer instructions to ensure items are rendered free from bioburden such as blood, bone, tissue and/or polymers and solutions used in surgery such as prep solution and bone cement. Examines instruments visually for material imperfections such as rust, pitting, and cracks. Performs stain remediation using industry approved methods and facility SOP. Checks the functionality of the items to ensure they are not damaged or unusable. Selects the correct method for decontamination according to the SOP and IFU, criticality (semi-critical or critical), moisture tolerance, and fragility of the device. Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other gross contaminants by wiping, soaking, rinsing, scrubbing, and use of ultrasonic equipment. Loads and operates automated washer-disinfectors. Assesses whether RMD requires extended processing due to excessive blood, bioburden, or delay in reprocessing. Consistently performs all steps involved in the reprocessing of simple and complex flexible endoscopes, to include leak testing, manual cleaning, residual protein testing, high-level disinfection (HLD) using manual or automated methods, aseptic removal, rinsing with critical water for the final rinse (if applicable), drying, and placing in environmentally compliant storage. Work Schedule: Full-time; 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday\nVirtual: This is not a virtual position.\nFunctional Statement #: 000000\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not Required"]
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