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Sterile Processing Tech (nights)
Job Code:2019-04-010
Department:Infection Control
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum12.22
Salary Midpoint14.36
Position Closes:

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:
PRIMARY FUNCTION: This employee assumes responsibility for processing and decontamination of supplies, instruments and equipment through cleaning, packaging, sterilizing, and storing processes. This employee must operate autoclaves, Steris, washer sterilizer, ultrasonic washer and all other processing services and supplies. This employee assists in inventory control and procurement of equipment and supplies. Daily, weekly, and prn completion of all required testing must be done to insure appropriate disinfection and sterilization.


High School diploma  or GED. 

Completion or currently enrolled in a National Central Service Technician course and/or one year experience as a Sterile Process Technician or equivalent.

Certification  in Central Sterile Technician preferred.   Certification   must be complete within  2 years   of   hire date.  
Nine to twelve months would be necessary to become proficient in most phases of this position.  This person must show an attention to detail and must follow ANSI/AAMI (American National Standard Institute Inc. and Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation).


A thorough knowledge of the policies, procedures, and guidelines related to Infection Control and Disinfection and Sterilization.  Must maintain a NC driver's license.   This position requires a basic knowledge of principles and techniques in sterilization, preparation and packaging techniques.  Good oral and written communication skills.  This employee must show an ability to read and comprehend written instructions.  This employee must demonstrate an ability to learn and understand medical terminology.  This employee must be able to work under pressure while maintaining accuracy.  This employee must possess a thorough ability to organize and prioritize.  


Judgment and initiative must be used to define parameters to maintain accuracy of work. Resourcefulness and ingenuity is an asset when responding to changing circumstances and to meet scheduled deadlines. Decisions must be made after reviewing facts, evaluating situations, and considering best practice for patients within compliance of all regulatory entities.


This position is under the supervision of the Infection Prevention Manager.  Reporting of unusual circumstances, problems, and needs are required.


This position requires a high degree of accuracy in the documentation of biological testing and maintaining disinfection and sterilization records.  High accuracy of maintaining equipment and reporting of equipment malfunction and errors is important to prevent infection risks.  Undetected errors could have minimal or life threatening results. Adherence to all governmental regulatory guidelines ensures compliance and prevention of fraudulent activities. Consistency in testing and cleaning of equipment is a must to maintain a safe environment free of infection risk.

Clear, consistent, and concise communication skills are a must to maintain contact with coworkers and other health professionals.  Tact, courtesy, and cultural sensitivity are required to maintain positive relationships. Fosters teamwork and supports continuous quality improvement processes. This position is expected to conduct services and business activity with a high standard of ethical behavior. The process of the flow of instruments from and to departments requires an ability to work well with others and promotion of teamwork. Responsible for successful relations and the presentation of a positive health image and program to staff, colleagues, medical providers, patients, family members/significant others, and members of the community.  


The position requires the maintenance of complete confidentiality of all administrative, medical, and personnel records, and all other pertinent information that comes to his/her attention or knowledge. Adherence to all Tribal guidelines, policies and. procedures for working with confidential data is a must.  Every effort to protect patient privacy during provision of care must be made. Violations of such confidentiality shall be cause for disciplinary action and may lead to termination. A breach of confidentiality could be a major liability for the tribe.


Close attention to detail and mental concentration are required during sterilization and disinfection duties.  Strenuous physical effort may be required while lifting heavy instrument sets into and out of mechanical washers, sterilizers, carts and sinks.  The employee is required to have adequate manual dexterity to finger, handle, or feel objects or controls and reach with hands and arms.   Requires the ability to lift and/or push/pull up to fifty (50) pounds.  The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, stoop and use stretching motions.  Good communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to interact with hospital staff are also required.  Vision and hearing for distances up to ten (10) feet is necessary.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; distance job visions, color vision and the ability to visualize small particles on instruments. 


The environment is located inside the hospital and this employee could be exposed to biohazards, blood-borne pathogens, disease, etc., which require strict adherence to OSHA guidelines and protocol to prevent transference of disease or infection.  This person must follow standards for entering the dirty and clean work space areas.  The technician may be exposed to various physical conditions throughout the workday such as walking and standing on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time, contact with various hazardous chemicals or vapors and changes in temperature and humidity.  Person must have no known allergies to detergents or germicides.