Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Supply Technician in Augusta, Maine
This position is in the Sterile Processing Services (SPS) program under Patient Care Services at VA Maine. SPS consists of three sections: Decontamination which includes cleaning, decontamination and high level disinfection of non-critical, semi-critical and critical reusable medical equipment (RME), Preparation which includes assembly, preparation and packaging, sterilization of critical and semi-critical RME and Distribution for the assembly of surgical case carts, cleaning and stocking non-pharmaceutical supplies on emergency carts, inspection of sterile packaging located in designated sterile storage areas for package integrity and cleaning identified non-critical RME after patient use. RME processed through SPS at VA Maine is used for patient care throughout the Medical Center, Community Living Center, onsite clinics and various CBOC's.
This is a developmental Medical Supply Technician position and may be filled at the GS-3, GS-4 or 5 grade level. Candidates selected at GS-3 may be non-competitively promoted to a GS-4 and candidates selected at GS-4 may be non-competitively promoted to a GS-5 upon meeting regulatory requirements and upon supervisor's recommendation.
Work Schedule:Monday-Friday 1430-2300 rotating oncall weekends and holidays Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework:Not Available Virtual:This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#:Medical Supply Technician/402-00216-A (GS-5), 402-00401-A (GS-4), 402-00400-A (GS-3) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives:Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not required
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Duties may include, but are not limited to:
DECONTAMINATION AREA: Correctly cleans and decontaminates reusable medical instruments and equipment used in the medical center's patient care units, clinics, operating room, endoscopy rooms and CBOC's. Follows manufacturer's IFU for cleaning solutions, mechanical equipment, and disassembly of RME. Completely removes gross contamination from all surfaces of RME including internal parts. Correctly operates equipment including the ultrasonic cleaners, washer decontaminators, endoscope processing units and cart washer.
After cleaning, inspects instruments and equipment to ensure gross contaminants have been removed.
Completes equipment pick up rounds throughout the medical center to retrieve contaminated instruments and equipment.
PREPARATION AND PACKAGING AREA: As a medical supply technician assigned to the preparation and packaging areas, the incumbent is required to inspect for cleanliness and function, assemble trays, package or wrap and sterilize a variety of instruments and instrument sets using steam, vaporized hydrogen peroxide and ethylene oxide (ETO) modalities.
Correctly identifies appropriate sterilization parameters required for sterilization of instruments outlined in the instrument manufacturer instructions for use (IFU).
Processes biological monitoring tests and Bowie Dick process indicators, interprets results and records results accordingly. Understands and initiates the recall process in the event of a failed biological monitoring test.
Distribution Area: Correctly provides the Operating Room with medical surgical instruments, and equipment stocked on case carts. To distribute medical surgical instruments, and equipment, technicians must know the names of the different surgical instruments, and equipment including the trays and sets, and must understand, generally, how items are used in case the user refers to them by another name.
Incumbent must correctly stock, rotate and maintain supply levels in the SPS inventory. All items are maintained utilizing the first-in first-out concept of issue and receipt, and preserving package sterility and integrity.
In the performance of official duties, the employee has regular access to printed and electronic files containing sensitive data, which must be protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other applicable laws, Federal regulations, VA statutes and policy, and DM&S; Policy.
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0622 Medical Supply Aide And Technician
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- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/01/2018.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-5 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-4. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note:Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: GS-3 * Experience:Six months of general experience. OR, * Education and Training:Successful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in courses such as medical supply processing, storage, and distribution; sterile supplies, operating room, and surgical technician courses; or other fields related to the position. OR, * Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. GS-4 * Specialized Experience: You must have 6 months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-3 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment. The applicant must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker. In addition, you must also have six months of general experience. OR, * Education and Training: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have completed 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in courses such as those shown above for GS-3. OR, * Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. GS-5 * Specialized Experience: You must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-4 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: processing, assembling, trouble-shooting, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and issuing sterile and unsterile medical supplies and equipment. The applicant must possess knowledge of the technical names, general uses, physical characteristics, and operating conditions of medical supply items; knowledge of decontamination, cleaning, preparation, sterilization, and storage procedures; knowledge of aseptic techniques; and skill in operating a washer-sterilizer, ultrasonic instrument cleaners, and gas and steam sterilizers. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include work as an operating room technician, medical instrument technician, nursing assistant, corpsman, or laboratory worker. OR, * Education and Training: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have completed a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. OR, * Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements:The employee usually stands and moves from one part of the room to another while performing duties. There is a frequent requirement for lifting baskets, weighing up to 25 pounds, from floor level to chest level and occasional requirements for similarly lifting baskets weighing up to 50 pounds. The employee regularly pushes loaded carts weighing several hundred pounds and works them over slight rises such as door sills. Dexterity and strength are required for assembly of component parts of medical equipment and in lifting and positioning instrument trays weighing 10 to 20 pounds into a sterilizing cart.
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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Togus VA Medical Center 1 VA Center Augusta, ME US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496320100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 04/10/2018 to 05/01/2018
Salary: $26,587 to $43,414 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 3 - 5
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Permanent