Sterile Processing Educators

Sterile Processing Educators

RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

The SPD Educator develops, plans, implements and evaluates educational programs to meet the needs of the Sterile Processing Department and to aide in the professional development of staff. The SPD Educator maintains open and active communication with the medical staff, patient care staff, and interdepartmental staff. The SPD Educator ensures the competency of all SPD staff and maintains departmental education records in compliance with regulatory guidelines. The SPD Educator oversees quality and infection control initiatives for SPD. The SPD Educator provides a comprehensive and technical orientation, education, and training program for the sterile processing staff. The Educator performs quarterly audits of employee records.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

  • Must have a good working knowledge of Instruments, the operation/workings of the OR and be able to readily understand their issues and requests. Be able to speak the language of the OR.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills required including a working knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel. Experience with an instrument tracking system preferred
  • Self-starter, ability to work independently when required. Ability to set priorities, be flexible, multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Detailed oriented, excellent organizational and documentation skills.
  • Good interpersonal and telephone skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Capable of communicating and coordinating with multiple departments. A team player.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Normal work conditions will vary and will include exposure to office, sterile processing department, and operating room environments. May come into contact with blood and body fluids. Must be willing and able to wear and use personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate to the work environment. PPE may include gloves, liquid proof gowns, and face protection. This list is not all inclusive. Requires vaccinations in accordance with hospital guidelines. Requirements will vary by client location.

 

EDUCATION / REQUIRED:

Associate Degree required

Three (3) years of progressively responsible and directly related work experience; preferably in Sterile Processing or Operating Room

License/Certifications/Special Requirements:

REQUIRED

Certification as a surgical technologist or sterile processing technician.

•Accredited certification program such as the CBSPD sterilization certification or CRCST (Certified Registered Central Service Technician) or Certification for IAHCSMM CHL (Certification in Healthcare Leadership)