Sterile Processing Educator
St. Dominic Hospital
CENTRAL SERVICE - 6750
The sterile processing educator provides expertise to ensure that SPD personnel are properly trained and operating within the standards/guidelines of excellence set forth by the industry such as IAHCSMM, AAMI, AORN, CDC, etc... Participates in continuous quality improvement, plans and develops appropriate training utilizing behavioral objectives, lesson plans and validation testing to ensure the Sterile Processing department personnel receive the necessary education to perform their
job duties. Is responsible for quality assurance related to sterile processing and develops competency checklists for the staff.
Description Minimum Required
Experience Four (4) years working in a Surgical Services Department
Education Associates Degree. Bachelors Degree preferred
Training Knowledge of sterilization practices, medical instruments and
operating room procedures.
Special Skills Woking experience with computer applications such as Microsoft
Office; ability to learn additional software as required
Licensure CSPDT or CRSCT certification must be completed within 1 year.
Job Standards and Performance Expectations Weight
1. Job Duties
a. Coordinates orientation and training for new employees in the following skills
1) decontamination and cleaning, 2) inspection, assembly and packaging, 3)
sterilization processes, 4) biological monitoring, 5) records keeping, 6) care and
handling, 7) storage & distribution, 8) equipment operation, 5) handling of
sharps and contaminated waste, 6) infection control practices and vendor
b. Coordinates training based on standard operating procedures/polices with use
of objectives, lesson plans, teaching tools, training schedules, testing methods
and evaluation tools.
c. Coordinates additional training needs of SPD personnel and keeps
management informed of training progress.
d. Develops, coordinates and maintains a schedule for continuing education and
in-service training to enhance quality of care.
e. Performs audits of staff training records/files to ensure compliance with
f. Assists with securing resources to ensure requirements can be met for staff
development and certification.
g. Collaborates with clinical and non-clinical leaders to guide quality assurance,
process improvements and staff technical skill development.
h. Maintains documentation and competencies relative to ongoing changes in
sterilization practices, equipment and/or manufacturer recommendations.
i. Maintains own clinical expertise by remaining current with the latest trends in
field through participation in job-relevant seminars and workshops, attendance
at professional conferences, and affiliations with national and state
j. Assists staff in identifying their learning needs and plans learning activities to
meet those needs based on technical, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills.
k. Performs data collection and performance improvement activities. Modifies
education programs as needed, based on data findings.
l. Acts as a clinical resource for improvement of departmental processes and
standards and in the most effective delivery of excellent customer service.
m. Attends meetings as required and participates on committees as directed.
Strives to improve the quality of meetings by taking an active role in meeting
n. Hands on; able to perform the job duties of a sterile processing technician.
2. Quality and Patient Safety
a. Ensures that high quality health care services are provided to patients by
maintaining infection control techniques and monitoring situations which could
lead to breaches in technique.
b. Utilizes all equipment, supplies, facilities, and resources in a prudent and
efficient manner in order to ensure efficient departmental operations and the
provision of high quality health care services.
c. Observes and adheres to all departmental and hospital policies and
procedures, and follows all safety, quality assurance, and infection control
3. Collaboration and Partnership
a. Participates in educational programs, in-service meetings, and training sessions
in an effort to share his/her own expertise with others and further the quality
of education and personal growth provided to new personnel, volunteers, and
4. Other Duties As Assigned
a. Performs other duties as assigned or requested.
Job Standards and Performance Expectations Weight
1. SERVICE - "The privilege of reaching out to meet the needs of others.
a. Focuses on the customer; identifies the customer's needs; responds to the
customer; satisfies the customer; takes ownership.
b. Responds immediately to customer's needs and solving repetitive service
c. Demonstrates enthusiasm and positive attitude with customers.
2. REVERENCE AND LOVE FOR ALL OF LIFE - "Acknowledging that all life is a gift from
a. Exemplifies the professional image of FMOLHS through compliance with the
b. Serves the organization with honesty and integrity by complying with all
organizational and departmental policies and procedures.
3. JOYFULNESS OF SPIRIT - "An awareness of being blessed by God in all things."
a. Works well with others by recognizing the value of our diverse workforce and
remains open to new view points, ideas and talents.
b. Takes on other responsibilities when needed recognizing that customer
satisfaction is everyone's job.
4. HUMILITY - "Being authentic in serving as an instrument of God."
a. Demonstrates selflessness by being supportive and cooperative with team
5. JUSTICE - "Striving for equity and fairness in all relationships with special concern for
those most in need."
a. Adheres to organizational and departmental policies regarding tardiness,
breaks, time clocks, and use of benefit time.
b. Demonstrates accountability for responsibly managing resources by
completing work on time and using supplies as appropriate.
c. Prioritizes the needs of customers especially those most in need.
d. Demonstrates knowledge of and compliance with applicable federal and state
laws and the Standards of Conduct.