Sterile Processing Lead Techician - Central Services and Sterile Processing - Greenville, NC

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Vidant Medical Center



Vidant Health

About Vidant Medical Center

Vidant Medical Center is a 900+ bed Level-1 Trauma Center, regional referral hospital and is the flagship hospital for Vidant Health. We serve as the teaching hospital for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Vidant Medical Center provides acute, intermediate, rehabilitation and outpatient services to more than 1.4 million people in 29 counties. But it's in our work environment that you'll find our sense of family and closeness that permeates everything we do.


  • Responsible for daily operations for designated shift which includes developing daily assignments, facilitating department work load, providing clear instructions and directions to staff.
  • Responsible for ensuring all procedural instrumentation is collected, cleaned, decontaminated, assembled, sterilized and/or high-level disinfected within the guidelines of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
  • Ability to function as both a surgical scrub during operative procedures and sterile processing technologist within Perioperative Services. 
  • Serves as a liaison between surgery and sterile processing by coordinating instrumentation availability, turnover, troubleshooting, repairs and quality monitoring for functionality.       
  • Verifies that instruments are in open position, free form bioburden and functions properly prior to sterilization. Alerts supervisor if an instrument is in need of repair or replacement.
  • Follows established manufacture INSTRUCTION FOR USE (IFU) when processing instrumentation. Alert supervisor if IFUs are needed. 
  • Maintains and monitors all required biological/chemical wash solution to ensure quality and consistency for decontamination of instruments.
  • Documents and maintains appropriate sterilization records in accordance with AAMI and department policy. 
  • Sorts mismatched sets of instruments to ensure availability and completeness of instrument trays. Informs supervisor when an instrument is missing or required to complete a tray. 
  • Demonstrates proficiency with preparing procedure case carts with appropriate instruments and supplies needed per department schedule.  
  • Maintains a clean organized work area within the department. Adhering to OSHA standards.
  • Participates in departmental policies/procedures development, quality improvement projects, infection control practices, OSHA standards and MSDS awareness within the department.
  • Participates in department continued education to foster an environment of proficiency in sterile processing.
  • Leads and participates in in-services and educational offerings in the facility.
  • Follows chain of command within hospital regarding identified problems or issues to ensure proper communication and resolution.
  • Answers and responds to calls from the OR and other end-users during assigned shift.
  • Ensures timely delivery of sterilized instruments to appropriate storage location or end-user.
  • Demonstrates and ensures proper care and handling of all hospital property including instrumentation, durable medical equipment and disposable supplies.
  • Assists in providing timely resolution to facility issues or concerns.
  • Extensive knowledge of instrumentation. Proven ability to act as a resource for staff in both SPD and OR regarding identification and assembly of specialty instrument trays.
  • Established ability to complete complex tasks based on applied knowledge under minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated proficiency with all areas of sterile processing including decontamination, cleaning, assembly, wrapping, sterilization, and storage processes within all set professional standards and regulations.
  • Able to work on complex and very critical processes and react to urgent needs to ensure OR needs are met ability to delegate to technicians appropriately
  • Able to perform assembly on all instrument trays and sets with proficiency.
  • Possess a detailed understanding of instruments and department equipment including special/complex set components.
  • Ability to troubleshoot missing instrument replacements and anticipate tray needs for specials cases/unplanned cases.
  • Ability to provide direction and manage the workflow in the department for other technicians
  • Completes documentation required by the hospital related to Standard Operating Procedures or facility policies.
  • Acts as a mentor/coach to Surgical Procedure and Sterile Processing Technicians and may provide on-the-spot performance related feedback, when applicable.
  • Participate in the development of in services and education for staff
  • Maintain and monitor departmental telephone during scheduled shift
  • Responsible for running SPM reports and educating staff and informing management of any discrepancies.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Requirements

  • Graduate from an accredited surgical technology program
  • Surgical Technologist Certification (CST)
  • 3 years of Sterile Processing experience required.
  • Sterile Processing Technician Certification (CRCST)

Other Information

  • 3 full time vacancies, (1) 7:00 am - 3;00 pm, (1) 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm, (1) 11:00 pm - 7:00 am.  

General Statement

It is the goal of Vidant Health and its entities to employ the most qualified individual who best matches the requirements for the vacant position.

Offers of employment are subject to successful completion of all pre-employment screenings, which may include an occupational health screening, criminal record check, education, reference, and licensure verification.

We value diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Decisions of employment are made based on business needs, job requirements and applicant’s qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or any other status protected by law. We prohibit retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint.

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