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Sterile Processing Technician 

EOE StatementWe are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.
 
About the Organization The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research, and advocacy. Fenway Health was founded in 1971 and has grown from a less than 10 person operation in the basement of a building near the Boston Fens to one of the largest LGBT-focused organizations in the world. It consists of three main centers:

• Fenway Community Health Center, our clinical arm, which is a federally qualified health center that operates three clinic sites (Fenway:1340, Fenway:South End, and the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center) in the Boston area and provides over 30,000 patients with primary and specialty medical care, behavioral health care, optometry care, and dental care;

• The Fenway Institute, our research/training/education/policy development arm, which houses numerous research initiatives as well as the National LGBT Education Project, the LGBT Aging Project, the National Center for Innovation in HIV Care, and the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health; and

• AIDS Action, our HIV/AIDS service organization, which provides nonclinical services (case management, housing and legal assistance, outreach, peer support) to people living with HIV/AIDS and operates numerous programs focusing on HIV/STD prevention/testing/treatment, including the Access (drug user health program), TransCEND (transgender peer support and risk reduction program), and Youth on Fire (drop-in center for homeless and street-involved youth) programs.
 
Position Sterile Processing Technician  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Description

Function:
Under the supervision of the Infection Control Officer and as a member of the medical team, the Sterile Supply Technician is responsible for performing a variety of functions from decontamination, to cleaning, inspection, assembly, sterilization, and distribution of various instruments and equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions for use (IFU). Assumes responsibility for operating and maintaining ultrasonic washer, washer sterilizer, steam autoclave, and all other processing services and supplies.

This postion is a part-time position, 20 hours per week.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Performs all aspects of daily work in a manner which contributes to and ensures an environment of patient safety.
  • Prepares supplies and equipment needed for patient care while following standards for labeling of packages and containers.
  • Collaborates with Medical Assistant floor leads to maintain adequate par levels of instruments, both common stock and special order items, in a cost-effective manner.
  • Assembles and packages instruments for sterilization following practice that is in compliance with JC, AORN, AAMI, and APIC standards.
  • Performs decontamination procedures according to prescribed specifications in a safe and cost-effective manner. Prewashes and disassembles instruments for processing according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Addresses damage/repair of instruments upon arrival into decontamination area and reports activities to supervisor. Reports equipment malfunctions to supervisor.
  • Responsible for monitoring all of the sterilization processes that affect the achievement of sterility—the mechanical, chemical, and biological tests, as well as procedures for traceability.
  • Operates ultrasonic, washer-disinfector, and steam autoclave and performs weekly and monthly checks and sanitizing as appropriate.
  • Performs and documents routine safety checks and cleaning of equipment in appropriate logs. Properly maintains all equipment and keeps work area clean and orderly.
  • Correctly packages and wraps supplies and instruments.
  • Inspect instruments prior to distribution on the floors/sites for function, defects, cleanliness, and overall condition.
  • Assists in other areas of the department and performs additional duties as necessary.
  • Maintains adequate documentation on logs for sterilizers, washers, spore testing, and biological and chemical tests.
  • Responsible for the efficient supply, storage, maintenance, and adequate disinfection at the point of use of all instruments used in all clinic sites/areas.
  • Trains and orients medical assistant staff in proper sterilization as appropriate.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Medical Assistant staff who are cross-trained on sterile processing and disinfection procedures

Additional Performance Requirements:

  • Effectively communicates with patients, co-workers on medical team, in medical department and across departments
  • Ability to read and write in English in order to understand basic safety instructions.
  • Demonstrates competency in written, oral, and electronic communication
  • Identifies disinfection or instrument concerns that require quick intervention and promptly notifies supervisor. Informs supervisor of training needs.
  • Assists in training other employees in the medical support department

We offer competitive salaries, and for those who qualify, an excellent benefits package; including comprehensive medical and dental insurance plans, and a retirement plan with employer match. We also provide 11 paid holidays, paid vacation, and more.
LGBTQ-identified persons, people of color, and others from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.

 
Number of Openings 1  
Position Requirements

Job Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent. Vocational or Technical training in central processing preferred.
  • Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Registered Central Sterile Technician, or Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD) strongly preferred.
  • Successful completion of Nursing Assistant or Medical Assistant Program or comparable experience preferred
  • 0-1 years related work experience required
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Able to work autonomously while exercising safe judgment and decision-making
  • Responds in a positive manner to constructive criticism
  • Willingness to work any shift FH is open as needed, including evenings, for coverage purposes
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Effective skills in the areas of service, teamwork, communication, respect for others, and time/priority management
  • Able to multitask and function in a fast paced environment
  • Demonstrates an appropriate appearance and demeanor, consistent with a professional work environment
  • Maintains up to date knowledge of infection control and medical terminology as well as sterilization processes.
  • Current CPR Certification
  • Experience working with an ethnically, culturally and racially diverse work staff preferred
  • Ability to work harmoniously with diverse groups of individuals
  • Ability to deal effectively with stress relating to the changing organizational, personnel, and healthcare environment
 
Category Healthcare  
Number Filled 0  
Location Medical - Ansin Building  
Shift -not applicable-  
Req Number HEA-19-00021  

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