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Lead Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Denver, Colorado
Internal Number: 669311500
The Lead Medical Supply Technician (MST) in the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) is considered to be at the advanced performance level with respect to sterile processing. The Lead MST (SPS) works in support of the SPS management team. They support the decontamination, preparation, and distribution of the hospital's critical and semi-critical reusable medical equipment (RME). They prioritize and distribute the workload among fellow MST (SPS), GS-0622-3/4/5/6, to complete tasks in a timely manner. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements 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. Grade Determinations: GS-07 Lead Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing) 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: Ability to instruct staff on the correct procedures and protocols for completing assignments. Skill in communicating with staff to ensure compliance with written directives, rules and regulations. Skill in interpersonal relationships in dealing with employees, team leaders, and managers. Knowledge of sterility principles in order to instruct staff on decontamination procedures. Ability to lead individuals, manage priorities, and schedule work assignments. Assignment. The Lead MST works in support of the Sterile Processing Service (SPS) management team. Distributes and prioritizes workload among employees in accordance with established workflow and/or job specializations. Assures an even workflow and distribution of the workload. Revises work schedules to meet anticipated and unanticipated changes in the workload. Assigns work to staff based on experience and training needs. Monitors and reports on the status of work. Ensures SOPs and SPS mandates are followed during the performance of workflow. Reviews work in progress or spot checks work not requiring review to ensure completed work meets supervisors' instructions on such things as work sequence, procedures, methods, and deadlines. Assesses the quality and quantity of work by reviewing the cleaning, reprocessing, and distribution of technical medical equipment, material and instrumentation. Provides information to management officials concerning performance issues, assignment changes and task completion. Instructs employees on work-related activities, policies, procedures and goals. References: VA Handbook 5005/76, Part II, Appendix G-47, Lead Medical Supply Technician (Sterile Processing). This can be found in the local Human Resources Office. The full performance level of this vacancy is 7. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is GS-7. Physical Requirements: This work is performed in various settings: decontamination, preparation, clean sterile supply (preparation) and in other services and departments throughout the medical facility/campus/ The incumbent may be required to work in areas that are hot, cold, drafty, and poorly lighted. The employee is subject to the possibility of falls, scrapes, cuts, bruises, and other injuries from material handling equipment. The work requires standing and walking during the entire workday and frequent bending and lifting of packages (occasionally weighing as much as 50 pounds). The employee transport trays and equipment on carts that may weigh up to 300 pounds when full. The work requires dexterity and visual acuity for manipulating, disassembly, and assembly of instrumentation. ["Duties included but not limited to: Leads a unit or team of employees performing work at the GS-6 level or below. Provides guidance and technician direction for accomplishing the work of the unit or team. Ensures work assignments of employees in the unit or team are carried out. Works with the Chief and Assistant Chief. SPS. in the assignment of functions to team members in order to meet routine and unusual deadlines and priorities. Distributes and balances workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow, job specialization and/or capabilities of individual. Is a working Lead Technician, responsible for filling in and for distributing the workload in case of personnel shortages. Assigns work to employees or assigns employees to position. Assigns work, including overtime, disagreeable or choice tasks, etc., equitably among employees. Monitors status and progress of work and makes day-to-day adjustments in accordance with established priorities. Trains or arranges for the training of team members in the accomplishment of tasks or projects. Monitors and reports on the status and progress of work. Amends or rejects work not meeting established standards. Checks the cleaning, reprocessing and distribution of technical medical equipment, materiel and instrumentation as deemed appropriate to assess the quality and quantity of work produced by each employee. Resolves simple, informal complaints of employees and refers others, such as formal grievances and appeals, to the supervisor or an appropriate management official. Performs quality assurance inspections of instruments and equipment in the Preparation area of SPS prior to items being wrapped and sterilized. Performs other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 40 hours per week. The tour of duty varies within the 24 hours Monday - Friday, with the exception of Holidays. The hours may be extended to meet educational needs/service goals. May be required to work weekends, irregular work hours, and extended hours. Will be required to be on call for off duty tours.\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required\nFunctional Statement: Lead Medical Supply Technician, 000000"]
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.