Supply Management Specialist (Manager)
Supply Management Specialist Supervisors/Managers monitor and oversee all operation components of Sterile Processing Services (SPS) programs, including administration, policy, quality assurance monitoring and compliance. Supply Management Specialists are critical to VA’s ability to provide uncompromising care and assistance to Veterans who need treatment. They help VA to be the leading provider of care to Veterans and make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve.
- Generates policies and procedures for Sterile Processing Services (SPS) operations
- Ensures compliance and quality assurance with VA guidelines related to all SPS components
- Oversees cleaning, high-level disinfection and sterilization throughout local VA systems
Need to have a thorough understanding of:
- Principles involved in the decontamination, high-level disinfection, and sterilization processes
- Surgical and clinical instrumentation, reusable medical equipment, and sterile supplies
- Surgical case cart assembly process
- The mechanics of testing, disassembly, and assembly of reusable medical equipment (RME)
- Medical and surgical supplies required for specific procedures
- Medical terminology to communicate with medical, engineering, and vendor personnel
- Sterile inventory organizing, labeling, storage, and rotation
- Quality assurance process monitors related to the Sterile Processing Department
- Policies and procedures for infection prevention and control
- Various sterilization methods
Education and Licensure
- No mandatory requirement
Training & Developmental Experiences
Grade Range: 11-13
- Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for processes related to reusable medical equipment (RME)
- Recommend purchase and replacement for the standardization of equipment/instruments based on industry standards, trends, and medical center reprocessing capabilities
- Generate quality assurance criteria and appropriate response plan for corrective actions
- Generate quality assurance criteria related to the case cart management system
- Implement procedures for corrective actions on non-compliant outcomes of Infection Preventionist findings
- Approve and monitor the implementation of a new review process for monitoring appropriate storage conditions for reusable medical equipment (RME) to include organizing, labeling, storage, and rotation of stock
- Recommend purchase and replacement for required sterilization equipment based on industry standards and trends
- Participate in the Commodity Standardization Committee
* This is an internal Department of Veterans Affairs training opportunity provided to VA employees for continued career growth. Some courses may not be available if they are not in a person’s learning plan or catalogue.
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