The Sterile Processing Department Shift Supervisor is responsible for overseeing workflow and personnel during the shift and is required to have knowledge of all jobs performed in the Sterile Processing Department. Responsible for scheduling daily assignments, orientation/continuing education of personnel assigned to the department. Conducts annual performance evaluations. Performs first line coaching/counseling. Ensures operations and activities conform to regulatory agency standards.
Major Position Responsibilities:
- Performs monthly quality assurance checks on all personnel assigned to that shift in accordance with departmental policy.
- Monitors personnel and job functions to ensure compliance with all Medical Center, Department of Health Services (DHS), Occupational, Safety, and Health Administration (OSHA), and Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Organizations (JCAHO) recommendations and standards.
- Assist with maintaining Sterile Processing Department par levels for supplies.
- Literate in Affinity, ABGI, and Cerner computer programs for tracking, using bar code scanners to maintain accuracy of supply and par levels at operational inventory quantities; with heavy emphases on tracking loads with complete documentation.
- Assist with cost containment and inventory control by utilizing innovative measures to assure full cost accounting.Assist the Sterile Processing Department with maintaining and improving responsiveness to the Operating Rooms and other patient care departments.
- Act as liaison between the Sterile Processing Department and Surgery to assure timely update of supplies and equipment.
- Assures that the preventive maintenance schedule is maintained and recorded in a timely fashion for all Sterile Processing Department equipment and machines by working in collaboration with Clinical-Engineering and Facilities Departments.
- Meet regularly with the Surgery Shift Supervisor/designee to ensure Surgery's needs are being met in a timely fashion.
- Troubleshoot and resolve daily problems for Departmental staff and other Medical Center personnel that occur during the shift.
- Monitors sterilized items utilizing "Event Related" criteria as established by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Recommended Standards and Practices vice expiration dates and removes items failing to achieve standards from circulation while notifying the Operations Manger and the Charge Nurse immediately of discrepancies that necessitate a Recall to prevent patient injury.
- Supervises the Continuing Education Program for the shift employees.
- Orients new employees to the Department and monitors proficiency and competency with all equipment and chemical agents used within the department.
- Acts as a role model by performing all job functions within the Sterile Processing Department with a high degree of proficiency.
- Assist in the restocking and transport of emergency medication trays utilized for resuscitative measures and maintains the medication trays and "Crash Carts" in a safe and secure environment that is not accessible to unauthorized persons.
- Utilizes shift reports and productivity logs according to hospital / unit policy.
- Make out the work-schedules, including vacation and time off, on a daily and weekly basis.
- Performs counseling and corrective actions with personnel to assure compliance with Tri-City Hospital District code of conduct and in accordance with regulatory rules and constraints.
- Submits accurate performance evaluations for employees to Sterile Processing Department Operations Manager in a timely fashion.
- Functions with an awareness and application of safety issues as identified within the Medical Center and according to AORN, AMSII, OSHA, and JCAHO recommended standards and requirements.
- Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of aseptic practice, decontamination, set-up and sterilization processing of materials.
- Maintains all unit specific and Medical Center educational requirements.
- Initiates educational and training programs to improve individuals and staff.
- Conducts staff meetings on a routine basis and maintains records of attendance issues or topics discussed and information disseminated.
- Readily accepts responsibility for delegated duties and assures their thorough completion.
- Participates in unit performance improvement as directed.
- Readily identifies opportunities to improve, initiates quality assurance monitors and reports results to Operations Manger with suggested methods for systems improvement that results in a measurable increase in departmental productivity and service to patient care units.
- Communicates equipment and personnel problems, needs, and concerns and outlines suggestions for improvement using appropriate lines of authority in a timely and effective manner.
Safety and Infection Control Responsibilities
- Responsible to maintain a safe and clean work environment, including unit based specific safety and infection control requirements.
- Two to five years Sterile Processing Department (SPD), Central Supply Room (CSR) or Surgical Technologist.
- Computer literate in Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Outlook
- Demonstrated interpersonal communication and leadership skills.
- Supervisory Experience Strongly preferred.
- Communicate well both verbally and in writing.
Each new hire candidate who is offered employment must pass a physical evaluation, urine drug screen and pre-employment background checks before starting work.