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Sr Sterile Processing Tech, Nights

Company: Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital
Location: Conroe
Posted on: September 16, 2023

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARYAt Houston Methodist, the Sr Sterile Processing Technician is responsible for maintaining high standards for decontamination, assembly, inspecting, wrapping, and sterilization of surgical instruments and medical equipment for Surgical Services and all ancillary departments, which includes working in conjunction with the Operating Room (OR) staff to provide timely sterile products, trays and case carts where applicable. This position maintains consistent and continuous workflow between the OR and Sterile Processing while practicing excellent customer service. The Sr Sterile Processing Technician Tech must be certified, and therefore should demonstrate advanced knowledge of sterilization techniques, surgical instruments, and an in-depth understanding of the Sterile Processing department's relationship with other departments within the hospital.For a complete understanding of this opportunity, and what will be required to be a successful applicant, read on.PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIESPEOPLE - 25%

  • Promotes a positive work environment and contributes to a dynamic, team-focused work unit that actively helps one another to achieve optimal department results. Collaborates with staff from the interprofessional health care team concerning patient safety to improve outcomes and the safe transition of care through effective assignment and shift handoffs and uses a structured format for regular communication with staff members and physicians. (EF)
  • Serves as a preceptor and implements staff education specific to service lines and unit processes; coaches and mentors other staff and students. Role models, by example, open, professional communication to promote both work efforts and problem resolution and achieve mutual understanding. Works well with others to make contributions to the work effort as a whole and facilitates problem resolution. (. (EF)
  • Conducts self in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity, equity and inclusion principles. Initiates recommendations for improvement of department scores for employee engagement. (EF)SERVICE - 25%
  • Using advanced skills and job-based competencies, performs decontamination and assembling of complex surgical trays, individual and potentially customized instrumentation and equipment utilizing established count sheets. Wraps or contains items appropriately according to size and type of instrument or equipment. (EF)
  • Functions independently to sterilize instruments and surgical trays by following prescribed manufacturer instructions for use and according to institutional policies and procedures. (EF)
  • Identifies and prioritizes timely sterile products, trays and case carts by interpreting the surgery schedule and based on the needs of the OR staff and physicians. (EF)
  • Ensures consistent and continuous workflow between the OR and Sterile Processing while practicing excellent customer service. (EF)QUALITY/SAFETY - 25%
  • Reviews and improves upon the effectiveness of the sterilization process by using internal, external and biological monitoring systems appropriately utilizing established department protocols and sterilizer manufacturers' instructions for use. (EF)
  • Anticipates/prevents and responds to emergent situations. Actively participates in organizing the work flow, problem-solving, and managing multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision. (EF)
  • Understands and implements use of appropriate cleaning detergents and agents by reading directions and SDS sheets and utilizing all department equipment according to manufacturers' instructions for use and department policies and protocols, providing clarification to others as needed. (EF)FINANCE - 10%
  • Manages time effectively and efficiently, minimizing incidental overtime, by completing assigned work and cleaning workstation at the end of each shift. (EF)
  • Utilizes department resources to ensure completeness of trays, instruments and equipment according to count sheets. Identifies cost saving measures related to processes and/or supplies utilized within the department to share with management. (EF)GROWTH/INNOVATION - 15%
  • Performs, trains, and mentors industry sterile processing standards i.e. Steam, ETO and Low Temperature Hydrogen Peroxide, while seeking opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development. (EF)
  • Acts as resource on Shared Governance committee for department or other hospital committees. Participates in department improvement activities. (EF)
  • Works in conjunction with SPD Educator to provide at least two relevant educational/in-service presentations based on service line and department location. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development. Completes and updates the My Development Plan on an on-going basis. (EF)This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSo High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSo Two years of sterile processing experienceCERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIREDo Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST) certification through through Healthcare Sterile Processing Association (HSPA)ORCertified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (CSPDT) certification through Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD)KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIREDo Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluationso Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or securityo Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principleso Independently demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluationso Follows Universal Precautions by wearing the appropriate protective attire while working in the Decontamination areao Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workerso Ability to utilize basic computer programs such as Microsoft Office and electronic instrument tracking system, if applicableo Demonstrates problem-solving and critical thinking, and makes decisions using analytical approacho Demonstrates proper phone etiquette when responding to inquiries made to the department--SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTSWork Attire Yes/NoUniform NoScrubs YesBusiness professional NoOther (dept approved) No--On-Call* Yes, on a regular basis*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (i.e. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc.) regardless of selection above--Travel**May require travel within NoHouston Metropolitan area--May require travel outside Noof Houston Metropolitan area**Travel specifications may vary by department--Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________Company Profile:Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital is committed to leading medicine in Montgomery County and the north Houston region by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of exceptional safety, quality, service and innovation. The growing campus offers 293 beds and access to the most innovative care. In January 2022, the hospital opened Healing Tower - a $250-million expansion project that added 106 beds, focused on medical/surgical and women's services and nine operating rooms. It also included the expansion of the endoscopy center, emergency department and diagnostic imaging department.Houston Methodist The Woodlands is recognized as a comprehensive stroke center, an orthopedic center of excellence by DNV, designated as a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, and has achieved Magnet Designation for nursing excellence from the ANCC. Houston Methodist The Woodlands is also ranked No. 1 nationally out of 148 members in the Complex Care Medical Centers cohort to be recognized for demonstrating excellence in delivering high-quality care based on the 2022 Vizient Quality and Accountability Ranking.

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