Providence St. Joseph Health

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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Sterile Processing Tech I - Ambulatory Surgery Services in Santa Rosa, California

We are looking for a Sterile Processing Tech II - (NUHW) National Union of Health Workers with the Ambulatory Surgery Services at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Location: Santa Rosa, CA

Work Schedule: Full time - 80 Biweekly hours

Shift: 8 hour Days

Job Summary:

Under general supervision processes surgical instrumentation and supplies throughout the sterilization process using the appropriate personal protective equipment according to procedure. Maintains instruments in a clean, working condition, and stores according to instrument directory. Performs and interprets data from daily sterilizer biological monitoring, instrument sterilization and all associated documentation. Assist in training and orientation of new staff. Is proficient in required competencies. Consistently demonstrates behaviors that model the SJHS core vales and the Hospital’s mission statement.

Essential Functions:

  • Cleans and processes contaminated instruments and equipment according to procedure and inspects all for cleanliness and function. Separates non-functioning instruments and equipment and communicates and forwards to designated personnel for repair. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic & unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.

  • Assembles instrument trays according to established count sheet. Replaces missing items, uses proper packaging and wrapping technique and labels tray with correct name, dates, signature, and any missing items. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic & unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory

  • Maintains established quality assurance program standard by performing load sterilization tests, interpreting data and graphs, record and verify correct operation of sterilizers. Notifies SPD Supervisor and/or Clinical Manager immediately of results that are not within parameters of established guidelines. Reviews work of Tech I to assure all parameters are met in sterilization procedure. Ensure all items are processed and packaged according to established quality assurance and department operating procedure by continually reviewing processed work and make necessary corrections. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic & unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.

  • Performs daily biological tests on all sterilizers, and maintains documentation of results according to established guidelines. Notifies SPD Supervisor and/or Clinical Manager immediately of results that are not within parameters of established guidelines and takes appropriate actions to correct problem. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic & unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.

  • Returns sterilized operating room instrumentation to sterile instrument room, as designated by the instrument directory, and checks for maintenance of package integrity. Returns sterilized instrumentation (excluding operating room) to Central Supply for distribution. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic & unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.

  • Continuously checks the OR schedules and prioritizes items to be processed and sterilized according to scheduled cases and emergency trays. Maintains transport carts with the doors or cover closed at all times.

  • Accurately maintains records of loaned and returned instruments and repairs according to established procedures and communicates to the SPD Supervisor, Clinical Manager and/or Clinical Nurse IIIs. Orders supplies used in daily operations according to established levels. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic & unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.

  • Consistently maintains clean work areas by clearing counters of instruments and wiping down equipment, i.e. sterilizers and washers. Replaces sharps containers when 2/3 full/needed.

  • Assesses instrument room inventory at regular intervals and maintains established PAR levels. Submits orders for needed items through SPD Supervisor and/or Clinical Manager. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic & unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.

  • Promptly receives physician and vendor owned instrumentation. Reviews trays with delivery personnel to ensure that all indicated components are present. Ensures all physician and vendor owned trays are clean and all components are in place following decontamination process and prior to placing in vendor pick-up area.

  • Assist in the development, orientation, and training of Instrument Tech I to assure quality workmanship in decontamination and sterilization as directed by the SPD Supervisor, Clinical Manager, and/or Surgical Services Educator

  • Fills in as needed performing duties of the SPD Supervisor by ensuring daily assignment tasks are completed in a timely manner. Performs duties as directed by the SPD Supervisor, Clinical Manager, and/or designee.

Skills :

  • Advanced knowledge of asepsis and universal precautions principles and practice.

  • Advanced knowledge of proper techniques of decontamination, preparation/packaging, sterilization, storage, and dispensing of surgical instrumentation.

  • Knowledge and practice of environmental safety and body mechanics.

  • Interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with various departments and personnel. Ability to obtain and exchange information in order to promote effective sterile processing.

  • Ability to prioritize/organize workload in high volume time periods and work quickly.

  • Ability to work with others in a flexible, cooperative manner.

  • Ability to lift and/or push/pull supplies and equipment of approximately 75 pounds (+).

  • Ability to lift and/or assist with positioning pediatric and adult patients.

  • Ability to stand for extended periods.

  • Ability to read, writes, and understands English and comprehends medical terminology.

  • Frequent walking and bending.

  • Knowledge of proper concentration/potential hazards of chemicals used for cleaning.

  • Ability to perform basic computer data entry and retrieve information regarding surgical equipment.

  • Must be able to recognize surgical instruments and identify by name.

  • Must be proficient in required competencies upon completion of orientation, as listed on the unit specific competency inventory.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

Education : High school diploma or GED

Experience : Previous sterile processing experience.

For High Level Disinfection: Previous endoscopy processing or high level disinfection processing experience

License / Certification: IAHCSMM or CBSPD certification.

For High Level Disinfection: Flexible Scope Reprocessing Certification

Providence St. Joseph Health (Providence) has worked for decades to improve health and quality of life in California's North Bay region, starting in Sonoma County, where the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange opened the doors of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in 1950. Today, we continue the mission begun by the Sisters to those we serve through an integrated spectrum of primary, urgent, acute, outpatient, palliative care and regional referral services. Sonoma County facilities aligned with Providence include the 278-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the region's only Level II trauma center. In addition, the 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital and 43-bed Healdsburg Hospital are secular (non-religious) affiliates of Providence. Our services also encompass three Urgent Care centers, Hospice of Petaluma, Memorial Hospice and North County Hospice, the Annadel Medical Group doing business as St. Joseph Health Medical Group, as well as the St. Joseph Home Care Network (post-acute care services). We act as a regional referral hub for outlying hospitals, while also providing outpatient behavioral health care, education to promote health and prevent chronic disease, rehabilitation, oral health care, community benefit programs, and more, all fostering health and quality of life throughout the area.Providence provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Providence complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.Positions specified as "on call/per diem" refers to employment consisting of shifts scheduled on as "as needed basis" to fill in for staff vacancies.

Company: Sonoma County Entities

Category: Sterile Processing Techs (Central Services Techs)

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