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Sterile Processing Technician I - Grade 310
Kaiser Permanente | San Jose, California
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Job Description

Under direct/indirect supervision, follows approved infection control, quality assurance and departmental policies and procedures. Works a majority of time in a Sterile Processing Department cleaning, preparing, assembling, sterilizing, prepare packs, instruments, and trays for the medical center and/or medical office building. In addition, may also process inpatient operating room instruments and does not meet the requirements of a Certified Sterile Processing Tech II. Performs other related duties as necessary.

Essential Functions:
Adherence to hand washing requirements, work flow patterns, standard precautions, sterility assurance, biological monitoring, dress code
Validates and maintains: event related protocols, disinfection and/or sterilization load parameters and records, inventory check sheet(s), and equipment monitoring
Meets regulatory requirements for sterilization, high-level disinfection, biological monitoring, and employee competencies
Accurately document daily records of all QA and sterilization functions according to regulatory agency and Infection Control standards
Adheres to Organizational and Departmental policies and procedures
Participates in New Employee Orientation (NEO), department employee orientation (DEO), meetings, in-services and training, and employee evaluation and competency programs
Prepares for Sterile Processing Technician Certification
Wears personal protective equipment
Inspects, disassembles sorts, cleans, and processes reusable instrumentation and equipment. Selects and operates specialized cleaning equipment
Follows manufacturer recommendations for proper use of cleaning agents
Follows device manufactures cleaning guidelines
Maintains adequate cleaning supplies as designated reprocesses endoscopes
Identifies, inspects, and assembles, all general and specialty instruments, various power equipment, laser and endoscopes instruments per specifications and manufacturer recommendations
According to manufacturer guidelines, selects and prepares packaging materials for the sterilization of reusable instrumentation
Selects appropriate method of sterilization
Maintains accurate sterilization records
Properly loads and unloads sterilization cart items
Verifies that sterilization parameters meet before distribution of load
Collect, clean, check, distributes, and track patient care equipment
As designated, order patient care equipment, inventory assigned supply areas for replenishment, rotates supplies, and stocks general and surgical carts
Report malfunctioning equipment to appropriate department
Demonstrates awareness of personal and work area safety at all times
Complies with facility safety policies and procedures, including those for blood borne pathogens and communicable diseases
Takes prompt corrective actions when hazard identified (reporting or removing, as appropriate)
Attends required safety training
Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills
Actively supports and contributes teamwork in the workplace
Takes responsibility and is accountable for own professional work ethics
Demonstrates responsibility in adhering to posted work schedules
Performs other duties as assigned
No supervisory responsibilities
Under direct/indirect supervision, follows approved infection control, quality assurance and departmental policies and procedures. Works a majority of time in a Sterile Processing Department cleaning, preparing, assembling, sterilizing, prepare packs, instruments, and trays for the medical center and/or medical office building. In addition, may also process inpatient operating room instruments and does not meet the requirements of a Certified Sterile Processing Tech II. Performs other related duties as necessary.

Essential Functions:
Adherence to hand washing requirements, work flow patterns, standard precautions, sterility assurance, biological monitoring, dress code
Validates and maintains: event related protocols, disinfection and/or sterilization load parameters and records, inventory check sheet(s), and equipment monitoring
Meets regulatory requirements for sterilization, high-level disinfection, biological monitoring, and employee competencies
Accurately document daily records of all QA and sterilization functions according to regulatory agency and Infection Control standards
Adheres to Organizational and Departmental policies and procedures
Participates in New Employee Orientation (NEO), department employee orientation (DEO), meetings, in-services and training, and employee evaluation and competency programs
Prepares for Sterile Processing Technician Certification
Wears personal protective equipment
Inspects, disassembles sorts, cleans, and processes reusable instrumentation and equipment. Selects and operates specialized cleaning equipment
Follows manufacturer recommendations for proper use of cleaning agents
Follows device manufactures cleaning guidelines
Maintains adequate cleaning supplies as designated reprocesses endoscopes
Identifies, inspects, and assembles, all general and specialty instruments, various power equipment, laser and endoscopes instruments per specifications and manufacturer recommendations
According to manufacturer guidelines, selects and prepares packaging materials for the sterilization of reusable instrumentation
Selects appropriate method of sterilization
Maintains accurate sterilization records
Properly loads and unloads sterilization cart items
Verifies that sterilization parameters meet before distribution of load
Collect, clean, check, distributes, and track patient care equipment
As designated, order patient care equipment, inventory assigned supply areas for replenishment, rotates supplies, and stocks general and surgical carts
Report malfunctioning equipment to appropriate department
Demonstrates awareness of personal and work area safety at all times
Complies with facility safety policies and procedures, including those for blood borne pathogens and communicable diseases
Takes prompt corrective actions when hazard identified (reporting or removing, as appropriate)
Attends required safety training
Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills
Actively supports and contributes teamwork in the workplace
Takes responsibility and is accountable for own professional work ethics
Demonstrates responsibility in adhering to posted work schedules
Performs other duties as assigned
No supervisory responsibilities

Qualifications

Basic Qualifications:
Minimum six (6) months of Sterile Processing experience preferred
Completion of Sterile Processing Training course with 200 hours internship/SPD experience preferred
High School Diploma/GED
Knowledge of Medical Terminology to understand instrumentation, surgical procedures, and surgical schedule preferred
Knowledge with all various types of reusable surgical instrumentation, including power equipment and micro surgical instrumentation preferred
Knowledge of Sterile Processing departmental equipment (i.e., washers, ultrasonic, steam, gas, and chemical sterilizers) preferred
Knowledge of cleaning patient care equipment (i.e., IV. pumps, feeding pumps, pneumatic pumps, CPM machines, PCA, and hypo/hyperthermia units, etc.) preferred
Knowledge of sterilization monitoring, record keeping, and quality assurance programs preferred
Ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, correspondence, and memos
Ability to write simple correspondence
Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other incumbents of the organization
Provided that no qualified candidates apply, will consider training candidates with related medical background
Must be willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment
Also, refer to Position Specifications outlined in the appropriate collective bargaining agreement
Basic Qualifications:
Minimum six (6) months of Sterile Processing experience preferred
Completion of Sterile Processing Training course with 200 hours internship/SPD experience preferred
High School Diploma/GED
Knowledge of Medical Terminology to understand instrumentation, surgical procedures, and surgical schedule preferred
Knowledge with all various types of reusable surgical instrumentation, including power equipment and micro surgical instrumentation preferred
Knowledge of Sterile Processing departmental equipment (i.e., washers, ultrasonic, steam, gas, and chemical sterilizers) preferred
Knowledge of cleaning patient care equipment (i.e., IV. pumps, feeding pumps, pneumatic pumps, CPM machines, PCA, and hypo/hyperthermia units, etc.) preferred
Knowledge of sterilization monitoring, record keeping, and quality assurance programs preferred
Ability to read and comprehend complex instructions, correspondence, and memos
Ability to write simple correspondence
Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other incumbents of the organization
Provided that no qualified candidates apply, will consider training candidates with related medical background
Must be willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment
Also, refer to Position Specifications outlined in the appropriate collective bargaining agreement

About Kaiser Permanente

Company Description

Serving approximately 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia, Kaiser Permanente is America's leading nonprofit integrated health plan.

Kaiser Permanente's mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

Our Northern California Region provides integrated health care services to approximately 3.2 million members. Approximately 4,400 physicians of The Permanente Medical Group provide services at 20 medical centers and numerous medical offices.

Company History

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plan, serving more than 8.6 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif. It comprises:

  1.   • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries

  • The Permanente Medical Groups.

At Kaiser Permanente, physicians are responsible for medical decisions. The Permanente Medical Groups, which provide care for Kaiser Permanente members, continuously develop and refine medical practices to help ensure that care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Kaiser Permanente’s creation resulted from the challenge of providing Americans medical care during the Great Depression and World War II, when most people could not afford to go to a doctor. Among the innovations it has brought to U.S. health care are:

  • prepaid health plans, which spread the cost to make it more affordable

  • physician group practice to maximize their abilities to care for patients

  • a focus on preventing illness as much as on caring for the sick

  • an organized delivery system, putting as many services as possible under one roof

Mission & Values

As a health care organization in the 21st century, we have a mission--to provide quality care for our members and their families, and to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Working Here

When you bring your career to Kaiser Permanente, the work you do directly affects the health of millions. From the business people who shape our policies, to the IT professionals enabling life-saving data, to the nurses and physicians on the front line of patient care, everyone here has a role to play in the care continuum. Knowing you have a place in that process and witnessing the outcome of the work you do is empowering. It gives you a cause to stand behind. And it makes you feel proud of the work you do every day. When people witness the impact of their contributions, they excel. Together we have the power to make a difference.

Hiring Information

The first step in beginning your career search is to look for open jobs that match your skills, qualifications, and interests. Each posting includes a description of the position and the minimum required qualifications. Once you find a position you are interested in, register for an account and provide your information for consideration online.

Benefits

As an employee, you are eligible for benefits according to your full-time/part-time status and the number of hours scheduled to work per week. Benefits may vary based on your Kaiser Permanente region, position, scheduled hours, and representation by collective bargaining or employee groups, but generally include:

  • generous vacation, holiday, and sick leave

  • medical care (including prescriptions), vision, mental health, and dental care

  • disability and life insurance coverage

  • educational opportunities and tuition reimbursement

  • employee assistance programs

  • health care, dependent care, and transit spending account options

  • retirement plans

In addition, we believe in recognizing stellar performance and sponsor a variety of programs designed to reward our skilled, innovative, caring, and committed staff.

In short, at Kaiser Permanente, we understand that there is a direct correlation between happy employees and happy members. We take pride in the compassion and dedication of our employees and find many ways to reward their hard work. In return, our employees take pride in being a part of a collaborative, professional team focused on quality, service, and care.

Honors & Awards

Kaiser Permanente of Northern California has earned an "Excellent" rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)-the nation's leading reviewer of health plan quality for consumers and employers. Excellent is the top rating granted by NCQA, which reviews satisfaction surveys, preventive measures, physician credentialing, member services and improvement initiatives.*

Both our Northern and Southern California regions were the only health plans in California identified by the NCQA in its list of the best health care programs in the Pacific States. (NCQA's The State of Health Care Quality 2003)

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations accredits all Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in California.

For the seventh straight year, no other health plan has earned higher ratings from the California Cooperative Health Reporting Initiative on more measures than Kaiser Permanente. The annual ratings measure clinical quality and member satisfaction. (CCHRI Report on Quality 2003)

Our Northern California region received more three-star "Excellent" ratings than any other health plan surveyed by California's Office of the Patient Advocate on California's Quality of Care Report Card 2003-04.

* Commercial HMO and Medicare-contracted product lines: April 2003.