The Sterile Processing Supervisor is responsible for supervising the distribution of supplies and equipment throughout the hospitals, clinics, operating room, nursing or other designated areas. This position will maintain optimum service levels, ensure the consistent high standard of supplies, and ensure that the department meets or exceeds the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requirements, in a cost effective manner. This position is responsible for managing one or more small sites with less than 10 FTEs.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE ROLE
Oversees staff in the delivery of supplies and equipment throughout the hospitals, clinics, nursing or other designated areas. Assures the quality of service with respect to turnaround times. Assures appropriate staffing provided for all shifts of operation. Implements departmental performance improvement activities and assures ongoing staff participation.
Ensures general cleaning of department surface areas, racks, shelves, storage cabinets and all storage areas.
Establishes and maintains inventory levels in accordance with set standards, in coordination with units within the hospital, clinic, nursing or other assigned area. Establishes and monitors par level stocks and proper utilization.
Develops processing methods and supply control methods which will provide materials to patient care. Makes rounds on each shift to ensure all chargeable items are in stock in nursing units. Sends emergency items to nursing units as required. Responds to requests, complaints or questions concerning equipment or supplies.
Monitors and assists with the processing and sterilization of instruments and trays for use throughout the hospital, and carries out contamination control measures. Provides materials which contribute to better technique of patient care and assists in decreasing the spread of contamination. Applies aseptic techniques in daily work assignments. Provides instructions and in-service education to employees in order to assure optimal sterile technique and aseptic handling of all sterile items.
Processes patient rental equipment for cleaning between patients, monitors use and charges, and obtains equipment from outside services as required. Replenishes supplies and equipment.
Monitors preventative maintenance programs for equipment; and maintains inventory of equipment to meet patient care requirements in compliance with safety guidelines. Adheres to OSHA guidelines regarding safe handling of Ethylene Oxide (ETO) and product sterilized by same. Supports the Corporate Compliance Program by adhering to the Principles and Standards stated in the Corporate Code of Conduct and Code of Ethical Behavior.
Identifies and assesses areas that need improvement, and participates in process improvement needs.
KEY SUCCESS FACTORS
Knowledge of medical supplies, instrumentation, and interworking of hospitals and clinics.
Thorough knowledge of aseptic technique.
Knowledge of different types of sterilizers and how to monitor their effectiveness.
Well versed in all aspects of the ETO and Spill Plan Alarm System.
Strong written and verbal communications ability.
Strong attention to detail, with time management skills.
Customer service skills with the ability to interact professionally and effectively with providers, third party payers, physicians and staff from all departments within and outside the Company.
Understanding of regulatory requirements.
Our competitive benefits package includes the following - Immediate eligibility for health and welfare benefits - 401(k) savings plan with dollar-for-dollar match up to 5% - Tuition Reimbursement - PTO accrual beginning Day 1 Note: Benefits may vary based upon position type and/or level
- EDUCATION - H.S. Diploma/GED Equivalent
- EXPERIENCE - 3 Years of Experience
- CERTIFICATION/LICENSE/REGISTRATION - Cert Reg Central Service Tech (CRCST), Cert Sterile Proc/Distr Tech (CSPDT), Sterile Processing Mgmt Cert (CSPM), Cert Surgical Technolgst (CST), License Pract/Vocational Nurse (LVN): Must have one of the following: -- LVN or -- Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) or -- Certified Board Sterile Prcng&Dist (CBSPD) or -- Certified Sterile Proc/Distr Tech (CSPDT) or -- Sterile Processing Mgmt Certification (CSPM) or -- Certified Reg Central Service Tech through IAHCSMM (CRCST).
Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. With a commitment to and a track record of innovation, collaboration, integrity and compassion for the patient, BSWH stands to be one of the nation’s exemplary health care organizations. Our mission is to serve all people by providing personalized health and wellness through exemplary care, education and research as a Christian ministry of healing. Joining our team is not just accepting a job, it’s accepting a calling!