SURGICAL SERVICES INVENTORY CONTROL TECHNICIAN 2

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104

SURGICAL SERVICES INVENTORY CONTROL TECHNICIAN 2

Req #: 194790
Department: HMC CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT
Posting Date: 10/29/2021 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $2,930 - $4,190 per month 
Union Position: Yes
Shift: First Shift 

This recruitment offers a $3,500 Recruitment Incentive to eligible new employees joining UW Medicine#UWMRecruitmentIncentive

As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UWs School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nations premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

HMC Central Processing Unit, Implant Room, has an outstanding opportunity to hire a full time day shift SURGICAL SERVICES INVENTORY CONTROL TECHNICIAN 2 / HOSPITAL CENTRAL SERVICES TECHNICIAN 2.

Under general supervision of the Business Manager, the Surgical Services Inventory Control Technician 2 provides job duties related to the provision of surgical supplies and/or implantable devices for the Operating Room. The position entails the daily use of a materials management system (HEMM), tissue tracking software, product recalls application (RASMAS), HSM, surgical whiteboard, MS Word, MS Excel, and various network share drives. Inventory control duties include, reporting, analysis, ordering, cycle counting, processing vendor returns and determining accurate par levels for OR Stores and/or Implant Room.  The job also requires a high degree of knowledge of Surgical Instrumentation and sterile processing technique as the Surgical Services Inventory Control Technician 2 assembles, wraps and containerizes instrument sets as well as fills sets with instruments and implants. This position requires teamwork, process improvement, fiscal responsibility and customer service skills.  It is also necessary to be extremely detail oriented in order to be successful in this job. Included in the Surgical Services Inventory Control Technician 2 duties is constant interaction with all levels of staff including CPU, Leads, Supervisors, RN3s, Clinic PCCs, Surgeons and Management.

Standards of Performance
1. Orders, receives, and distributes OR supplies including stock, non-stock, and consignment products.
2. Identifies and implements process improvements that increase efficiencies and cost savings.
3. Ensures that HEMM on hand stock quantities are aligned with physical locations by managing the usage log and doing regular cycle counts.
4. Cycle counts inventory on a consistent basis, checking for expired product and packaging integrity.  Ensures that expired or damaged product is labeled, quarantined, and removed immediately.
5. Reviews OR schedule for required items, ensures items are ordered, received, available and prepared for cases. Checks all supplies for expiration dates before hand-off to OR.
6. Troubleshoots problems with the availability of all surgical supplies and implants.
7. As part of the sterilization process assembles, wraps, or containerizes instrument sets.
8. Fills sets with implants.
9. Performs immediate use steam sterilization on an as needed basis.
10. Loads and unloads instruments in cart washer if needed.
11. Maintains safety, cleanliness and order in implant room and supply/storage rooms.  Ensures that expired or obsolete product is processed and removed immediately.
12. Cleans and maintains equipment, including retrieval of implants sets from Central Processing and refill as needed.
13. Tracks the lending and return of supplies and implants to other departments and medical centers.  Borrows supplies and implants from other medical centers as needed for patient care.
14. Ensures that appropriate par levels are set. Recommends increasing / decreasing par levels and/or deletion of items based on usage data.
15. Re-shelves unused products returned from the operating room and adjust inventory in HEMM.
16. Returns all damaged/expired goods, mis-shipments, and overstock to the vendor and is mindful of restocking and shipping fees.
17. Manages tissue in multiple freezers using FIFO methodology and carefully checks for expired tissue while maintaining appropriate temperature of freezer.
18. Tracks all incoming, used and expired tissue in tissue tracking system.  Maintains strict compliance with FDA and TJC guidelines pertaining to implants including package integrity, temperature monitoring, and immediate transfer to freezer or refrigerator.
19. Reviews implant record ensuring the accuracy of inventory, purchase orders and billing.  Assists the billing department to resolve discrepancies in documentation.
20. Assists Business Manager with product recalls.
21. Provides technical support and assistance to operating room staff within a sterile environment regarding the assembly and operation of surgical instruments, equipment and supplies.
22. Checks receiving room per protocol.  Knows locations and is able to stock implants and supplies in their designated locations.
23. Assists with the development of education and training materials through both written documentation and verbal communication.
24. Reports previous shift activities and remaining tasks to oncoming shift.
25. Follows established protocol for admitting sales reps and other visitors into the OR and all OR inventory areas.
26. Participates in the development/testing/implementation of new supply/equipment systems for the unit or department.
27. Assists OR, Supply Chain, and CPU staff in special projects.
28. Performs other duties as assigned.


Standards of Daily Practice
1. Acknowledged by other staff as a person who facilitates optimal communication and team interactions
2. Identified by others as exceptionally skilled in sterile reprocessing techniques and procedures.
3. Acts as a role model for contributing efficient flow of sterile products and equipment.
4. Recognized by staff members to be an expert in a specific area (example: equipment set-up, trouble shooting, inventory, storage control).
5. Identified as skilled in conflict resolution.
6. Follows appropriate chain of command.

Team Work
1. Demonstrates and promotes a firm understanding of teamwork
2. Demonstrates effective communication with teammates
3. Demonstrates and promotes professional and respectful collaboration with fellow teammates.
4. Collaborates and promotes empathy and understanding with all teammates
5. Advocates, on behalf of the department, teammates and other hospital departments
6. Demonstrates ability to consider the impact of decisions and actions on the overall organizational philosophy and goals.
7. Contributes to the development and implementation of department goals and objectives.
8. Identifies opportunities for improvement and collaborates with teammates to initiate changes.
9. Participates in the evaluation of change processes and outcomes.
10. Supports and offers help to teammates when needed.
11. Demonstrates positive attitude and professional behavior.

Patient Advocacy and Humanistic Care
1. Assists and directs staff/patients/family/visitors to appropriate Medical Center services.
2. Reports when illegal/unethical/unprofessional practice of another member of the health care team occurs.

Safety and Response to Emergencies
1. Identifies potential hazards/unsafe situations, notifies appropriate staff and takes appropriate corrective action when possible.
2. Independently seeks activities and experience which enhances own performance in emergency situations.
3. Seeks assistance when procedure needs are beyond his/her experience or scope of practice.
4. Maintains a safe clinical environment and identifies and reports unsafe patient care situations including environmental hazards (e.g., electrical, chemical, etc.); uses Body Substance Isolation and follows OSHA and other regulatory standards.
5. Demonstrates flexibility in response to unexpected changes and emergencies on the unit; remains calm; accurately identifies emergency situations; offers assistance when emergencies arise.
6. Knows current location and use of emergency equipment, such as, but not limited to, fire alarms; fire extinguishers; O2, water, steam and other gas shut off valves; circuit breakers; emergency exits; elevator alarms.
7. Participates in emergency scenarios (e.g., fire drills, mock codes, disaster drills).

Quality Improvement
1. Participates in development and implementation of unit level Quality Improvement program.
2. Suggests and promotes system improvements for the cost effective and environmentally safe utilization of surgical supplies and equipment.
3. Identifies and reports, verbally and in written, all unusual occurrences according to policy.
4. Stays informed and contributes to unit Quality Improvement activities and understands how these relate to Medical Center QI program.
5. Adheres to departmental standards of practice.
6. Maintains patient confidentiality.

Professional Growth and Behavior
1. Possesses an effective command of medical terminology.
2. Demonstrates responsibility for own professional growth through pursuit of work-related experiences and education opportunities.
3. Responds positively when learning needs are identified and accepts responsibility for seeking education.
4. Attends and participates in inservices and continuing education programs which directly affect practice and improve unit operations.
5. Access computer systems to obtain patient data and to perform clerical functions.
6. Wears appropriate attire and Medical Center identification; maintains acceptable personal hygiene.
7. Demonstrates reliability in work attendance.

As an employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please view this page.

Minimum Qualifications:

High school graduation or equivalent AND two years of experience processing complex trays of surgical instruments and equipment

OR

equivalent education/experience.

DESIRED

Supply/inventory management

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.


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