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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Supv, Central Sterile Proc in Atlanta, Georgia

Overview

Heart. Soul. Expertise. That’s what defines an Emory Nursing Support professional. No matter where you are in your nursing career, when you chose this distinguished profession, you chose to change lives. We are proud to be the only health system in Georgia with four Magnet®- recognized hospitals: Emory University Orthopedics & Spine Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory University Hospital, and Emory Johns Creek Hospital.

We’re looking for passionate nursing support professionals who are ready to join a team that’s redefining quality nursing care. As integral members of high-functioning, inter-professional teams, Emory Healthcare is on the frontline of care in our hospitals and operate with a full complement of specialties and the ability to care for medically complex patients.

We’ve got the backing, knowledge, experience and permission to lead the way in developing new and better approaches to preventing and treating disease, and our patients get treatments years before anyone else.

Are YOU ready to join us?

Description

JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Coordinates and oversees daily activities between the Operating Room (OR) and Central Sterile Services Department (CSS) to facilitate efficient case flow.

  • Responsible for assisting in projects and process improvement initiatives in compliance with Policies & Procedures, Goals and Objectives and Expectations.

  • Promotes customer service and satisfaction through training, education, and resolution of Staff and Physician issues and concerns. Must maintain knowledge of cleaning, assembling, packaging and sterilizing of all instruments and equipment according to the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc.

  • (CBSPD), the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), and the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) current standards.

  • Incumbents are also accountable for demonstrating awareness of personal and work area safety at all times; using evidence-based practices (EBP) and complying with facility safety policies and procedures in carrying out duties including those for blood borne pathogens and communicable diseases and.

  • Keeping knowledge current on aseptic techniques and basic microbiology sufficient to understand the ways diseases and infections are transmitted and the importance of clean and sterile supplies in patient care.

  • Attending training in new and improved sterilization practices and developments in the microbiology, bacteriology, and therapeutic practices as they affect the sterile supply operation.

  • Acts as liaison between SPD and OR to maintain workflow. Must be willing and able to foster positive work relationships with clinical nurse leaders and surgeons.

  • Collaborates with Clinical Team Leaders, SPD and surgical resources coordinator to resolve issues, identify and recommend instruments purchase to eliminate future conflicts.

  • Works with SPD Educator to develop in-service education programs as needed. Assesses supplies required for prescribed standard surgical procedures and sets up case carts. maintain inventory, collects, disassembles, inspects, cleans, disinfects and reassembles all instrument trays patient care equipment.

  • Communicates with the CSS staff prior to the cases to ascertain specific instrument and supply needs and ensures these items are available.

  • Must be able to resolve issues or offer alternatives when necessary.

  • Makes recommendations for the maintenance of Physician preference cards. Communicates appropriately using good interpersonal skills. Serves, manages, and supports internal and external customers. Develops and improves skills through initiative, attendance and participation at educational programs.

  • Conforms and adheres to department policies concerning decontamination, sterile processing, infection control and safety. Demonstrates commitment to the Emory Healthcare 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.

  • Assist in the orientation of new personnel. 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.

  • Serves as an engaged member of a team supporting colleagues in service to ancillary departments and may participate in task forces or other initiatives. 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.

  • Actively participates in the role of preceptor for student sterile processing technicians and assists with the development of new preceptors in their role. Mentors and role models quest for continuous learning through formal education and the development of others.

  • Seeks opportunities to share expertise with other members of the healthcare team within and beyond the clinical unit/department. 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.

  • Develops and maintains productive working relationships internally and externally by building teams and relationships through mentoring and modeling uplifting and positive communication. Evaluates staff schedule and re-assigns staff according to departmental needs.

  • Independently direct the department workflow on off-shifts and week-ends or in the absence of the Manager or Specialty Director.

  • Reports in real time all errors to the SPD Manager, SPD Educator and the OR Surg. Technicians. Maintains a working knowledge of, and is able to effectively troubleshoot, all decontamination/sterilization equipment Models team behaviors to frontline employees.

  • Participates in the orientation of new associates. Serves as the resource for information for employees and internal/ external customers. This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misonstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position.

  • MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High School Diploma or GED, preferred.

  • Some College, Associates Degree preferred or Surgical Technologist.

  • Must have a minimum of 2 years of experience working in sterile processing, healthcare environment, or as operating scrub. Sterile Processing Technician Certification CBSPD/ CRCST required/for Surgical Tech 6 months to obtain.

  • Completion of CHL Certification or CIS and significant supervisory experience waived if Surgical Technologist. Good oral and written communication skills and computer skills required.

  • Must have the ability to read, comprehend and follow simple verbal instructions.

  • Ability to perform basic math.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.

ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.

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Division Emory Univ Hosp-Midtown

Campus Location Atlanta, GA, 30308

Campus Location US-GA-Atlanta

Department EHM Sterile Processing

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Job Number 122302

Job Category Clinical & Nursing Support

Schedule 7a-3:30p

Standard Hours 40 Hours

Emory Healthcare is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices and decisions. Emory Healthcare prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age (40 and over), disability, citizenship, genetic information, service in the uniformed services, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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