JOB TITLE & CODE:
SPD Educator (86825)
Sterile Processing Department
POSITION SUMMARY: Coordinates the design, planning, execution, and evaluation of SPD staff training so as to maintain consistent standards of practice set forth by regulatory and professional organizations (including but not limited to IAHCSMM, AORN, The Joint Commission, FDA, CDC, OSHA, and AAMI). Establishes and monitors competencies utilized in the delivery of instrumentation processing services. Training programs are constructed to meet the needs of the Sterile Processing Department and to aide in the professional development of staff. Supports unit leadership team by demonstrating effective communication, prioritization of departmental services, and mentorship serving both internal and external customers. Serves as a technical expert in matters regarding instrument/scope processing, sterilization, high-level disinfection, and infection control.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
High School Diploma or Equivalent.
Graduate of an approved surgical tech and/or registered central service tech program.
Must have completed certification through IAHCSMM.
Obtain Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS) certification within 90 days of hire.
Obtain Certified Healthcare Leadership (CHL) certification within one year of hire.
Five years of progressive experience in Sterile Processing or Operating Room.
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, AND/OR LICENSURE:
Experience as an educator or trainer.
Experience in a hospital or clinic setting utilizing instrument tracking software and electronic medical records.
Experience in Infection control in an institutional facility.
Experience with JCAHO survey and or other regulatory agencies.
CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The statements described here are intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be constructed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities and duties. Other duties may be assigned.
Develops, maintains, and implements comprehensive SPD staff orientation and education programs following industry and regulatory standards ensuring standardized operating procedures are implemented to enhance patient safety and reduce rework.
Conducts orientation and training for new hires. Coordinates staff development for departmental staff members showcasing current departmental policies and procedures.
Collaboratively works with other Perioperative Services’ educators and SPD leadership team to address the learning needs of divisional staff members.
Collaboratively develops annual and monthly departmental education plans; orientation checklists; orientation curriculum; and lesson plans. Ensures that staff educational documents are readily accessible and complete. Develops and publishes training/in-service schedules incorporating staff needs assessments.
Coordinates instrument, scope, and equipment in-servicing with vendors and clinical experts. Ensures staff participation is documented and archived for later access if needed.
Ensures the competency of all SPD staff and maintains departmental education records in compliance with regulatory guidelines. Audits employee educational files for regulatory compliance.
Monitors and troubleshoots any identified instrumentation problems. Communicates resolution to healthcare providers and leadership team.
Performs quality monitoring and auditing. Develops auditing tools, competency checklists, and procedural work plans.
Leads/participates in select PI initiatives geared to enhance patient/employee safety; cost efficiency; operational efficiency; technical expertise; and lean work methodologies.
Ensures resources are available to meet staff requirements for certification.
Role models teamwork to achieve organizational, divisional, and departmental goals. Looks for ways to hardwire practice utilizing standardization and performance recognition.
Provides orientation progression and staff performance feedback to leadership team. Collaboratively develops training remediation plans to support skill acquisition and completion of worker staff functions.
With SPD leadership team, oversees quality and infection control initiatives for SPD.
Offers mentor training and develops mentor recognition.
Monitors policy compliance and conducts risk assessments.
Routinely informs appropriate management of problems and concerns relating to staff training or quality of work.
Collaborates with healthcare industry representatives related to new products, supplies, and equipment to provide timely training information to staff. May be involved with trial of new products or equipment.
Provides input into policies and procedures. Develops mechanisms to keep staff informed of practice changes.
Supports the department’s leadership day to day functions and covers supervisor or coordinator duties when needed.
Acts as a liaison between SPD and offsite/clinic settings to ensure practices are consistent and educational support is available to ensure standardization of processing practices.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be able to work in protective gear.
Must be able to lift, push, or pull a minimum of 40 pounds; transport training equipment and materials.
Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time.
Hearing (aid permitted) – must be able to function without use of lip reading.
Visual acuity (corrected) – keen for both distant and near objects/individuals (i.e. ability to read small print and distinguish colors).
WORKING ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must be flexible with the hours and days available for duty; rotation to shifts and weekends needed to access learners and present programs.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, airborne particles, body fluids, toxic/caustic chemicals, and risk of electrical shock.
Must be able to troubleshoot issues in work environment where surgical procedures are in progress; some of work is performed in office setting; majority of work is conducted in SPD department.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Extensive knowledge of SPD, OR, instrumentation, scopes, and processing equipment including working knowledge of surgical procedures.
Ability to interact and teach adult learners using different strategies and methodologies.
Strong computer office skills including a working knowledge of MS Word and MS Excel, instrument tracking, and electronic medical records.
Demonstrated leadership and organizational skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills including good interpersonal/telephone skills.
Self-starter, ability to work independently when required. Ability to set priorities, be flexible, multi-task, and meet deadlines.
Date Reviewed/Revised: June 2017