The incumbent is under the supervision of the Infectious Prevention Service and reports to the Director, Quality Management Service and provides support and task driven execution of existing policy, practice and data collection in the infection control realm BASIC REQUIREMENTS Citizenship. Citizen of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3g.) Experience and/or Education. (1) Experience. Six months of experience that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work or provides an understanding of the work; or (2) Education. One year above high school that included at least 6 semester hours in health care related courses such as sterile processing, nursing assistant, hospital corpsman, and operating room and surgical technician courses or other courses related to the position; or (3) Experience/Education Combination. Equivalent combination of experience and education are qualifying for entry level for which both education and experience are acceptable. Certification. None. May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Physical Requirements. Tasks for this job are completed in an office space environment and occasionally, designated clinical / administrative spaces completed with observations and environmental rounds. This is a developmental level hybrid posit The incumbent performs segments of work ensuring the decontamination, sterilization and inspection of reusable medical equipment is completed. Reviews work in progress and spot checks work not requiring review to ensure completed work meets supervisor's instructions on such things as work sequence, quality control, procedures, methods and deadlines. Instructs staff on work-related activities, policies, procedures and goals. Develops procedures to evaluate the quality of work performance and outcomes as it relates to the quality assurance program. Maintains a system of internal or external reviews ensuring overall compliance of all critical, semi-critical and non-critical reusable medical equipment for quality control purposes. The incumbent devises and modifies methods and procedures that significantly and consistently affect the accomplishment of the goals and mission of the medical center. The work performed is essential to the quality of care provided by the medical center. The incumbent's work has a direct impact on quality assessment and improvement activities. Since the information provided will be used extensively throughout the medical center and potentially VISN, the incumbent's contributions have a far-reaching scope and effect. He/she identifies and resolves problems and situations that affect the orderly and efficient flow of work in transactions with parties inside/outside the organization. Completed reports and recommendations influence decisions by managers concerning the internal operations of the organization. English Language Proficiency. MSTs must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3j, this part. Grade Determinations. GS-07 (Advanced Level) (a) Experience. One year of experience equivalent to the next lower grade level which includes: 1. Knowledge of surgical instruments used in operating rooms and clinic settings. 2. Knowledge of universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination. 3. Working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, medical conditions and procedures. 4. Knowledge of sterility principles in regards to instrumentation. 5. Ability to read and interpret written instructions and procedures. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities. In addition to the experience above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: 1. Detailed knowledge of practices and processes of health care management and the structure of healthcare delivery, including universal precautions for safety and prevention of cross contamination. 2. Basic knowledge of medical terminology in order to assemble specialty operating room/clinic instrument sets, 3. In-depth knowledge of sterilization and cleaning equipment. 4. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing to convey information and thoughts to others. References: VA Handbook 5005/76 Part II Appendix G47 ["Major Duties include, but are not limited to: Conducts surveillance as assigned of Healthcare Associated Infections on a routine basis and outbreak investigations as warranted and reports back to the Infection Preventionists. Assists the Infectious Preventionist to ensure the Medical Center is in compliance with VA regulations and mandates and ensuring that the facility is compliant with the Office of Inspector General guidelines. Identifies opportunities for improvement based on indicators, process and outcome measures, other findings, and/or observations. Contributes to the coordination of the organization's infection prevention and control improvement activities utilizing epidemiological skills. Attends and participates in assigned Administrative, Service, and Hospital meetings/committees to convey information regarding monitoring activities. Assists with the organization's preparation for the Joint Commission survey by providing incumbents with educational sessions as needed, and by preparing and presenting the details of the infection control program during the survey. Applies relevant research findings to infection prevention and control practice. Participates in infection prevention and control related research independently or collaboratively when applicable. Work Schedule: 8am to 4:30pm Monday - Friday/schedule negotiable Telework: Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Functional Statement # 000000 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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