Summary: The SPD educator works closely with the SPD Leads and SPD supervisor to ensure efficient flow of the SPD department. Responsible for updating and maintaining the orientation pathway for newly hired SPD techs. Responsible for developing and maintaining the certification pathway for non-certified SPD staff. Maintains competency checklists for all SPD staff specific to C/D/S standards, instrumentation, & related applications. Assists in the coordination of responsibilities specific to the daily surgical schedule with the O.R. Assists with maintaining departmental QI programs and Joint Commission standards. Upholds all of the regulatory, licensing, and accrediting standards applicable to SPD. The incumbent performs duties and tasks in accordance with performance standards established for the job. The incumbent may have access to highly confidential patient, employee and/or Mercy proprietary information, and must handle & protect the information in accordance with hospital & system policies, HIPAA requirements and the highest level of ethical standards. The incumbent is responsible for reporting all security events, potential events, or other security risks to the organization. The incumbent is responsible for participation in and completion of all patient safety initiatives appropriate to the position, and conducts all job responsibilities according to the Mission and Values of Mercy Hospital.
Responsibilities: 1. Educator • Monitors and updates manufacturer IFUS and communicates changes to both SPD and OR staff. • Maintains and updates instrument tracking system, as needed. • Develops and oversees new hire orientation process. • Develops and maintains pathway to certification for non-certified techs. • Maintains yearly competency checklists for all staff. • Coordinates CEU educational sessions for both SPD and OR staff annually. 2. Works cooperatively with other team members to facilitate department operations: • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of sterilization process and equipment. Oversees the sterilization process, when leads or supervisor unavailable. • Orients newly hired staff and seasoned staff competencies in the following areas: • Assures that quality assurance tests are run and documented and that sterilization records are maintained on all sterilizers in SPD and the operating room according to national standards. • Assures proper traffic flow patterns for handling supplies, maintains clean and dirty areas with appropriate use of personal protective equipment. • Assures established procedures and standards of practice are followed for decontamination, cleaning, processing and sterilization of reusable supplies and equipment • Oversees the computerized instrument management system. • Assures accurate instrument tray content lists in conjunction with the operating room resource nurses. • Assures that instrument trays are complete and instruments are clean and function properly. • Establishes an instrument maintenance program and assures that instruments are evaluated/sharpened according to set standard. • Establishes and maintains instrument inventory levels for routine instrumentation. • Orders specialty instruments as requested by Clinical Nurse Leads /Surgical Services Manager, if directed by supervisor. • Sends instruments out for repair and maintains log, if directed by supervisor. • .checks in with OR and SPD clinical leads on a daily basis to assess any situations that may arise, needing education or explanation to SPD staff 3. Operations Management: • Ensures compliance with the standards set by regulatory agencies, i.e., HCFA, Joint Commission, DOH, OSHA, and State. • Implements as appropriate AAMI and IAHCSMM standards. • Communicates with the operating room to identify and problem solve issues • Directs and performs all safety measures to prevent accidents, harm or injury in any way to patient, staff or equipment. • Verifies that proper temperature, humidity, ventilation and lighting are maintained to provide a comfortable, safe work environment, when SPD leads and or supervisor unavailable. • Schedules and assigns personnel, delegates specific duties and tasks to increase efficiency and coordination of department when SPD leads and/or supervisor unavailable. • Evaluates needs for new or different items in regard to present and new trends or needs of the department by keeping informed of new developments in surgery. • Observes use and handling of supplies to decrease mishandling and breakage. • Continuously educates staff to ensure quality of work. • Develops, revises, and implements Sterile Processing policies and procedures in coordination with the Supervisor of SPD. • Attends infection control meetings, and any other pertinent meetings that supervisor assigns. • Serves as Lead as necessary. 4. Professional/Leadership • Maintains continued education in the field of Sterile Processing through education, literature, and seminars. Provides instructions and inservice in new products, procedures and equipment in a manner that will identify and prevent resource loss and maintain safety. • Develops and implements departmental performance improvement activities and assures on-going staff participation. • Provides a comprehensive departmental orientation to all new personnel and required training to all staff on an on-going basis. • Acts as liaison between SPD and clinical areas that represent customer base. • Reports changes to OR staff and/or departments affected by changes. • Helps conduct monthly staff meetings. Requires staff to participate in problem solving. • Utilizes initiative; strives to maintain steady level of productivity, self-motivated. • Demonstrates knowledge of disaster and emergency policies and procedures. 5. Human Resources • Helps supervisor with performance evaluations, on time. • Identifies and communicates SPD staff performance management concerns with the SPD supervisor, Surgical Services Manager and HR Manager. Assists in performance improvement plans for SPD staff. • Interviews SPD candidates and makes recommendations for hire to the SPD supervisor and Manager of Surgical Services. • Maintains employee confidentiality. • Maintains staff schedule to ensure appropriate staffing. 6. Professional Requirements: • Adheres to dress code, appearance is neat and clean. • Completes annual education and competency requirements. • Maintains patient confidentiality at all times. • Reports to work on time and as scheduled, completes work within designated time. • Wears identification while on duty, uses computerized punch time system correctly. • Attends annual review and department inservices as scheduled. • Represents the organization in a positive and professional manner. • Actively participates in performance improvement and continuous quality improvement activities. • Complies with organizational policies regarding ethical business practices. • Communicates the mission, ethics and goals of the facility. 7. Performs additional duties as required or assigned.
Competencies and skills: Essential: * Behaves with Integrity and Builds Trust: Acts consistently in line with the core values, commitments and rules of conduct. Leads by example and tells the truth. Does what they say they will, when and how they say they will, or communicates an alternate plan. * Cultivates Respect: Treats others fairly, embraces and values differences, and contributes to a culture of diversity, inclusion, empowerment and cooperation. * Fosters Accountability: Creates and participates in a work environment where people hold themselves and others accountable for processes, results and behaviors. Takes appropriate ownership not only of successes but also mistakes and works to correct them in a timely manner. Demonstrates understanding that we all work as a team and the quality and timeliness of work impacts everyone involved. * Practices Compassion: Exhibits genuine care for people and is available and ready to help; displays a deep awareness of and strong willingness to relieve the suffering of others.
Working conditions: Essential: * Potential exposure to abusive and/or aggressive people. * Potential exposure to diseases or infections. * Potential exposure to hazardous materials. * Potential exposure to noise levels being uncomfortable. * Potential exposure to noxious odors. * Work with computers, typing, reading or writing. * Lifting, moving and loading 20 to 30 pounds. * Prolonged periods of sitting. * Prolonged periods of standing. * Prolonged periods of walking. * Potential exposure to very hot or cold temperatures.
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