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St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health Sr Sterile Processing Technician - Sterilization *Sign-On Bonus $5,000* in Laguna Beach, California

We are looking for a Senior Sterile Processing Technician for the Sterilization Department at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.

Location: Laguna Beach, CA

Work Schedule: Full time - 80 Biweekly hours

Shift: 8 hour, Days

Job Summary:

Within the role of technician, leader, and teacher, the Sterile Processing Technician III demonstrates the technical expertise to practice at the SPD Tech II level, and in addition, assume responsibility for complex instrumentation (i.e. Ortho, Neuro, and/or ENT) maintenance and development in conjunction with the SPD Supervisor, SPD Clinical Manager, Surgery Specialty Techs and/or Surgery Clinical Nurse III. Promotes and improves the quality of unit daily operations, participates in the development of technical practice standards; assists in training and orienting new staff members; and education of SPT I and SPT II regarding instrumentation within designated specialty. Provide for ongoing education regarding designated specialty instrumentation for all SPD staff.

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 and 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 and unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.

  • Maintain 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 and 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 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 and 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 and unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.

  • Continuously checks the OR schedule and prioritizes items to be processed and sterilized according to schedules cases and emergency trays. Reviews designated specialty instrumentation to ensure components are in place and working order. Works in conjunction with SPD Supervisor and/or Surgery Specialty Tech to ensure replacement items are ordered promptly, count sheets updated as needed. 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, OR Materials Specialist, SPD Manager, OR Specialty Tech and/or OR Clinical Nurse IIIs. Orders supplies used in daily operations, as well as, items specific to designated specialty, within established levels. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic and 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, washers and replacing 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 Manager. Demonstrates the ability to perform behavioral competencies (generic and unit specific) as indicated on the Competency Inventory.

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

  • Assist in the development, orientation, and training of SPT I to assure quality workmanship in decontamination and sterilization as directed by the SPD Supervisor, and/or Manager. Provides for education of SPT I and SPT II regarding new instrumentation, changes in designated specialty sets, and new equipment in conjunction with OR Specialty Tech and Clinical Nurse III’s.

  • 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 and/or Manager, or designee.

Skills :

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

  • Advanced knowledge of proper technique 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 & 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, write and understand English and comprehend 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.

  • Able to recognize surgical instruments and identify by name.

  • Proficient in required competencies upon completion of orientation, as listed on the unit specific Competency Inventory.

Minimum Position Qualifications:

Education : H.S. Diploma or GED

Experience : Two (2) years of Sterile processing experience in an acute care setting.

Licenses/Certifications:

  • CRCST Certification (Certified Registered Central Service Technician), or

  • CSPDT Certification (Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician), or

  • CFER Certification (Certified in Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor), or

  • CER Certification (Certified Endoscope Reprocessing).

  • Surgical Tech: If completed formal Surgical Tech program and have a CST Certification (Certified Surgical Technician), must obtain CRCST or CSPDT within 1 year of hire.

At Mission Hospital with locations in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, CA our core values of Compassion, Dignity, Justice, Excellence and Integrity translate into an environment where the welfare of our patients always comes before the bottom line. As a member of Providence Health System, we serve all of south Orange County.

Mission Hospital Mission Viejo is a Level II Trauma Center and is the area's designated regional trauma center. We have Centers of Excellence in heart, maternity, trauma, breast care, spine, vascular, stroke and brain injury.

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach provides local coastal communities with 24-hour emergency department services, medical/surgical services, behavioral health programs including inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency services and an outpatient eating disorder program.

Mission Surgery Center performs approximately 4,500 annual surgeries and provides a safe and convenient outpatient setting. It is accredited by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care.

We've received two Beacon Awards for clinical excellence and in 2012 we received Magnet Designation which recognizes hospitals for top patient care, quality nursing and innovations in nursing and healthcare. We offer a collegial work environment with competitive salaries and benefits.

Mission Hospital 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, Mission Hospital 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: Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center

Category: Sterile Processing Techs (Central Services Techs)

Req ID: R334489

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