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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service. If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.
The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence ("I CARE"). America's Veterans need you!
NOTE: Facility prefers applicants who are Certified Registered Central Service Technicians (CRCST). Please indicate it on your resume if you hold this certification.
This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-06. At the GS-04 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-06. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.
- Employee will be assigned to the Sterile Processing Service (SPS), VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY, providing support in the proper assembly, care, distribution, sterilization, and storage of reusable medical equipment (RME) utilized in SPS, the clinics, units, Operating Room, Emergency Department, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). Duties include, but may not be limited to the following:
- Disassembles Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) per procedures or established practice to prevent damage or unnecessary wear; receives and cleans critical and semi-critical patient care items and washes with appropriate disinfectant in equipment room; and marks cleaned equipment and prepares for return delivery to the unit where utilized.
- Receives contaminated trays from the Operating Room (OR) and disassembles equipment and instrumentation for decontamination; inspects and counts all instrumentation and reviews reprocessing criteria for effective sterilization and processing; and removes gross contamination by soaking in a germicide, washing with a detergent-blood solvent, scrubbing, rinsing, and washing in a washer or ultrasonic unit.
- Decontaminates and processes equipment utilizing a variety of approved sterilization or high level disinfectant methods; examines items visually for damage, deterioration or imperfections such as rust, pitting, and cracks; operates medical equipment to ensure functionality after re-assembly; and packages individual items or assembles items into sets for Operating Room trays in the correct manner.
- Assembles cleaned instruments into peel packs and preparing for processing; assembles operating room trays with specific numbers and types of RME to be utilized for specific surgical cases; and chooses correct tray and wrapping method of tray to provide for adequate sterilization and penetration of steam or chemicals.
- Removes items from sterilizer and evaluates packages for proper sterilization by assessing tape, evaluating for water or mineral spots, or other damage to packages; utilizes and reads biological indicators comparing control tests to determine correct parameters (time, temperature, and pressure) were obtained; handles sterilized items appropriately and applies plastic dust covers; and stores items in accordance with temperature and humidity standards.
- Assembles and loads ward carts per schedules and fills special emergency requests for supplies from the operating room; distributes equipment to either the specific ward or to a holding area where equipment is ready when requested; checks stock for outdates and proper rotation; and performs other related duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday - 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM - On call weekends/holidays
Recruitment & Relocation Incentives: Not authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
DESIGNATED DRUG-TESTING POSITION: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is received.