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Medical Supply Technician Sterile Processing Service

Company name
United States Department of Veterans Affairs


Albuquerque, NM, United States

Employment Type

Healthcare, Bluecollar, Logistics

Posted on
Jun 19,2019

Valid Through
Oct 02,2019

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Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized.

This position is in the section of Supply, Processing and Distribution (SPD) of Sterile Processing Service. Incumbent is required to perform duties in various operations of SPD, Assignments may be rotated or permanently assigned between day, evening and night shifts, Monday through Friday.,educationRequirements:IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:,employmentType:FULL_TIME,hiringOrganization:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration,jobLocation:[{@type:Place,address:{@type:PostalAddress,addressLocality:Albuquerque,addressRegion:NM }}],responsibilities:Holidays and weekends and holidays will also be included in assignment rotations. Weekend support for the O.R. will be provided with 'On-call\ coverage Saturday through Monday. Should a Midnight tour not be utilized ''On-Call\ coverage will also be provided Monday through Friday. All employees will be cross- trained to facilitate adequate coverage in all areas of the section.

The incumbent must provide guidance in the systematic now regarding the sterilization methods, processing and distribution of medical supplies and equipment for direct car. and treatment of the Medical Center patients. The incumbent must be proficient in all aspects of the Sterile Processing Department to assist in the completion of tasks when called upon, as well as completing their assigned tasks, Certification is preferred.

This position is responsible for orchestrating support to ail areas serviced in the Medical Center. This elevates the degree. o! expertise needed in all areas of supply, equipment and instrumentation utilization, i.e;- disassembly and assembly of technical medical equipment, decontamination procedures and availability of specialized types of packs which must contain all items specific for treatments, procedures, or surgical procedures performed.

This position requires technical proficiency across the full spectrum of bacteriological controls: Steam, ETO, Sterrad; decontamination; aeration; bacteriological testing procedures; handling of contaminated supplies and equipment and the dispatching of supplies and equipment to areas as needed. Incumbent may be required to work various shifts.

Work Schedule: Rotating/weekend/holiday coverage
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required,qualifications:To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2019.
Basic Requirements:

\tUnited States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.
\tExperience and/or Education
\t(1) Experience. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or
\t(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.

Preferred Experience: CRCST, CBSPD or VA Level 2 certification required for GS-5 and 6. Must obtain within one year for GS 3/4.
Grade Determinations:
GS-03 (Entry Level)
(a) Experience or Education. None beyond the basic requirements.
(b) Assignment. This is an entry level MST position. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision.
GS-04 (Developmental Level)
(a) Experience. Six months experience as a MST, operating room or surgical technician or other position that demonstrated knowledge of sterile processing in a clinical setting; or
(b) Education. Two years of education above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in courses related to the occupation. NOTE: Successful completion of a course for medical technicians, hospital corpsmen, medical service specialists, or nursing assistants obtained in a training program given by the Armed Forces, the U.S. Maritime Service, or hospitals under close medical and professional supervision, may be substituted on a month-for-month basis for up to 6 months of experience.
(c) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the KSAs below:
1. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.
2. Basic knowledge of medical terminology in order to assemble specialty operating room/clinic instrument sets.
3. Basic knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.
4. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
(d) Assignment. This is a developmental level MST position. Performs segments of work pertaining to the decontamination, sterilization and inspection of reusable medical equipment (RME). Completes segments of work pertaining to the assembly of basic sets and trays for use in the medical center. Operates equipment involved in sterilization processes. Prepares operating room case carts. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members and require frequent and direct supervision.
GS-05 (Developmental Level)
(a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level; or
(b) 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.
(c) 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 regard to sterility.
3. Knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment.
(d) Assignment: This is a developmental level MST position. Removes soil, blood, tissue fragments, body fluids, and other containments by wiping, soaking, rinsing, and scrubbing. Inspects packages for indications of proper sterilization, assembles basic sets and trays used throughout the medical center including those used in the operating room. Prepares, loads, and operates sterilizers such as steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and a high-level disinfecting scope reprocessor; prepares operating room case carts daily using surgery schedule. MSTs receive guidance from more experienced staff members for more complex tasks and require direct supervision on new assignments.
GS-06 (Full Performance Level)
(a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.
(b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings.
2. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination.
3. Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures.
4. Knowledge of sterility principles in regard to instrumentation.
5. Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures.
(c) Assignment. This is the full performance level for the occupation. Receives contaminated critical and semi-critical RME in the decontamination area and may receive noncritical equipment in the decontamination area as well. Disassembles the RME and determines the correct cleaning method, such as but not limited to ultrasonic cleaners, mechanical washers, cart washers and chemical cleaning/decontamination agents, as determined by manufacturer instructions. Inspects, assembles and determines the correct method and packaging for sterilization such as but not limited to steam, Sterrad, Steris, ETO, and high-level disinfecting scope reprocessors. Performs and documents daily operational checks and records for all sterilization equipment.

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-06. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-03 to GS-06.

Physical Requirements: The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion, such as standing for prolonged periods of time (6 hours), carrying medical supply items (45 pounds and over), heavy lifting (45 pounds and over), frequent bending (1 hour), stretching, reaching above shoulder, and pushing (1 hour) fully-loaded medical supply carts weighing as much as 750 pounds which must be negotiated up inclines and over rises, or positioning them on sterilizer track rails, straight pulling (1 hour), use of fingers, both hands required, walking (2 hours), kneeling (1 hour), ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13\ to 16\ to Jaeger 1 to 4, depth perception, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades of colors, working in excessive heat and cold environment, excessive noise, intermittent, constant noise, exposure to fumes, smoke, or gases, electrical energy slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working around machinery with moving parts, unusual fatigue factors (layers of PPE), working with hands in water, working closely with others, working alone, and protracted or irregular hours of work. The work also requires dexterity in such tasks as inserting small rods into needle openings or precisely aligning component parts while reassembling medical equipment. Tension and stress are induced by the critical nature of producing work results to patient care on pre-established time frames and in emergent situations. Workdays can be lengthened without notice by emergency surgery instrumentation needs.

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United States Department of Veterans Affairs
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Company Profile
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.

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