Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.
In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.
Responsible for providing daily oversight of the operations for assigned agencies. Sterile Processing units. In collaboration with the SPD Leadership, develops and activates annual departmental strategic and operational plans.Actively leads performance improvement, quality, and patient safety initiates associated with high level disinfection, sterilization, and instrumentation transport to ensure risk of environmental cross- contamination is minimized and health of staff is safeguarded. Serves as an expert on sterilization processes and systems. Assures compliance with policies and procedures and all regulatory and accrediting
Supervises Sterile Processing staff ensuring maximum productivity and issues effectiveness to include staffing and evaluating work performance. Implements, monitors, and improves the department workflow to optimize safe patient outcomes. Monitors activities on a 24 hour/7 day week basis to ensure adequate work flow and to allow for rapid adjustments as indicated. Ensures staff is oriented, trained, and appropriately credentialed to meet competencies established within the department and hospital mandatory requirements. Supervises all decontamination and sterilization processing producing results in conformance with departmental goals and objectives and regulatory compliance. Ensures timeliness of instrumentation turnover, coordinates with OR with regard to instrument replacement, functionality and setcompleteness. Ensures all SPD patient care equipment and distribution equipment is properly maintained; ensures that all department processing equipment is operating as required. Monitors and ensures daily operational compliance with the standards governing sterile processing activities. Identifies emerging trends in sterile processing to achieve better outcomes. Works with SPD Educator to coordinate and monitor staff training program. Ensures all staff is knowledgeable as to applicable standards, procedures and safety requirements. Keeps current with trends and advances in methods of sterile processing by attending training sessions or professional forums and/or reading health care literature. Participates in development and/or revision of department operating policies and procedures; responsible for keeping departmental policies current to satisfy hospital and regulatory agency requirements. Coordinates preparation of budgetary recommendations of assigned units, monitors, verifies and reconciles expenditures of budgeted funds. Hires, coaches, trains, and implements corrective action as necessary. Provides development and mentoring opportunities for staff. Develops relationships with physicians, nurses, and other department customers to enable conversations around service, safety and financial.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of AAMI standards, Association of Professional Infection practices. Control (APIC), and Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN). Ability to problem solve department issues and maintains clinical. Ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information. Competent in leadership for designated scope of responsibility. Ability to remain calm under stressful situations.
Associate's degree in a related healthcare field required. Bachelor's degree in related healthcare field preferred.
Five years' experience in a sterile processing or similar setting, including at least 2 years in a supervisory capacity.
Degrees, Licensures, Certifications
Current certification as a Sterile Processing Technician through an preferred accredited organization (CRCST- Certified Registered Central Service Tech, IAHCSMM, or Certified Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician CBSPD) required. Certification as CHL - IAHCSMM; Certification in Health Care Leadership
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