This Chief Nurse is a subject matter expert (SME) with a strong background in reprocessing and sterilization programs. Provides executive leadership and direct supervision to staff. The surgical service includes Neurosurgery, Orthopedic, Cardio-Thoracic, Ear, Nose & Throat, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Vascular, General Surgery, Gynecological, Oral Surgery, Podiatry, and Renal Transplant. These services utilize complex instrumentation which includes a robust robotic surgical program. The primary setting for this position is in all clinical areas of the Edward Hines VA Hospital and CBOCs where reprocessing of critical and semi-critical RME occurs. The SPS Chief collaborates with areas who utilize SPS services. The Chief SPS, is designated as the primary point of contact to work with all services from which patient care medical/surgical supply inventory, instruments, and equipment are received, processed, packaged, and distributed. Chief SPS is responsible for the planning, direction and management of all SPS programs for the Edward Hines VA Hospital. The duties of this position are highly specialized and require an in- depth knowledge of overall SPS. Chief SPS is required to have an in-depth knowledge of SPS management requirements. Much of the work required is time sensitive and complex in nature having a direct and immediate impact on healthcare delivery. Responsibilities include management of two distinct and physically separated units of Decontamination and Sterile Supply Processing: (1)Decontamination -this unit is solely responsible for the collection and receipt of all used soiled supplies, instruments, or equipment. The knowledge to determine specific methods for cleaning, disinfecting or pre-sterilizing complex diagnostic equipment and medical apparatus is critical; (2)Sterile Preparation - this unit is responsible for assembly, packaging, and terminal sterilization of all trays, sets and packs for use through the Hospital to include the Operating Room and clinical procedural areas. Decontamination & Sterile Preparation: Oversees management of the central point within the Hospital from which medical/surgical supplies, instruments, case carts, and designated equipment are received, processed, and packaged for distribution to surgical/patient care areas. Processing includes the collection and receipt of soiled and contaminated items from all areas within the Hospital. Items are decontaminated by utilizing appropriate cleaning, disinfecting, or sterilization methods as dictated by the manufacture instructions and instruction for use (IFU). Sterile preparation is accomplished by the assembly, packaging, and terminal sterilization of items for use throughout the facility. Instrument sets or trays contain from 20 to over 150 different types of difficult and complex surgical instrumentations. The incumbent conducts continuous functional surveys for the development of quality and economy of operations, as well as continuous formalized training programs to ensure compliance with mandatory training and/or certification requirements. He/she serves as advisor and consultant to management both within the Hospital as well as other outside facilities by exercising sound management concepts, practices and control of all SPS processes. Incumbent is called upon frequently to participate in special studies, pilot programs or VA activities which may have government-wide significance. Work Schedule: M-F 0730am to 400pm, though hours may vary based upon workload, patient care needs, surgery schedule, etc. Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Additional information: 1.0 Registered Nurse Specific Unit: Sterile Processing Service (SPS) RN job assignment code: 82 (Chief Nurse),Chief Nurse (Nurse 4) Manager: ADPCS Uniform allowance is not authorized for this position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentive is authorized for highly qualified applicant. Permanent Change of Station is authorized.
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