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Sterilization Aide - UPMC McKeesport - Flex Full-Time

Description

UPMC McKeesport is hiring a Flex Full-Time Sterilization Aide to join our Sterile Processing Team! 

This position will be required to work variable shifts ranging from 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM. Working as a Flex Full-Time employee gives you access to all the benefits of being a Full-Time employee with enhanced flexibility! 

 

Purpose:

  • To perform those duties necessary for the proper decontamination, cleaning, inspection, assembly, packaging, sterilization, storage, distribution, and documentation of reusable surgical instrumentation and equipment according to established procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.


Responsibilities:

  • Monitors, reads, documents, and interprets all parameters for all types of sterilizers to ensure proper function.
  • Practices solid verbal and written communication skills, and is able to articulate and translate to other care providers and to negotiate and make recommendations for changes in unit practices.
  • Documentation is comprehensive and promotes communication between caregivers.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking in the analysis of clinical, social, safety, psychological and spiritual issues.
  • Incorporates national professional organization as well as business unit and health system's goals to improve patient safety, quality and satisfaction of the patient experience in daily work.
  • Creates a caring and compassionate patient-focused experience by building healing relationships with colleagues.
  • Disseminates new knowledge and innovations through presentations, posters, and publications.
  • Assesses supplies required for prescribed standard surgical procedures and sets up case carts.
  • Maintains inventory, collects, disassembles, inspects, cleans, disinfects and reassembles all instrument trays patient care equipment.
  • Develops and improves skills through initiative, attendance and participation at educational programs
  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication. Coaches colleagues on cultural diversity and addresses workplace horizontal violence and impairment. Demonstrates accountability to self and others for safe work hours, time management and healthy lifestyles.
  • Cleans and decontaminates reusable equipment, instruments, and supplies, manually and mechanically.
  • Demonstrates UPMCs commitment to the Core Values by understanding the needs of patients, their families, physicians, and co-workers and doing what is required the first time, every time by being responsible, sensitive, accurate, timely, coordinated and thorough.
  • Displays awareness of cost containment in the organization of work by using economy in time, motion and material.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of, and is able to effectively troubleshoot, all decontamination/sterilization equipment.
  • Prepares and assembles surgical tray and equipment following established tray listings for issue, storage, or further processing.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by authorized personnel or as may be required to meet emergency situations
  • Demonstrates interest in the development of others and positively impacts the lives of patients/families, peers, and members of the healthcare team through mentoring, education, and knowledge sharing.
  • Seeks opportunities to share expertise with other members of the healthcare team within and beyond the clinical unit/department.
  • Communicates appropriately using good interpersonal skills.
  • Participates in performance improvement activities.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of performance improvement tools and techniques.
  • Continuously improves the quality of care and the work environment of outcomes and the integration of research and best practices into daily work. Shares learning from improvements with other units and/or spreads across the business unit or system.
  • Demonstrates accountability for professional development that improves the quality of professional practice and the quality of patient care.
  • Makes recommendations for the improvement of clinical care and the health of the workplace and welcomes and participates in change initiatives.
  • Leads by investing and building healthy relationships among colleagues and other disciplines.
  • Shows the ability to set priorities.
  • Participates as a team member and is accountable for own work responsibilities.
  • Conforms and adheres to department policies concerning decontamination, sterile processing, infection control, and safety.

 

Qualifications

  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Six months of healthcare experience or currently enrolled in an Accredited Surgical Technician/Sterile Processing Program Preferred.
  • Must complete 10 hours of continuing education to remain qualified as a Central Sterile Technician on an annual basis.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Employees active in a Central Sterile position, on or before the effective date 12/27/2020, at a healthcare facility, are grandfathered regarding certification and will not need to obtain it unless they move into a different position that would require certification.
  • Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution or Certified Registered Central Service Technician or International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management certification required.
  • New employees will have 18 months from date of hire to obtain required certification.
  • Act 34
  • OAPSA

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