The Reusable Medical Equipment (RME) Nurse Coordinator provides leadership to all services related to RME standards of practice. This position participates in assessing the decontamination, high level disinfection/sterilization process of RME to include the environment, analyzing trends surrounding RME processes, communicating ideas, assisting in developing and proposing policies, and collaborating in the management of resources. Identifies patterns and/or trends and ensures identification of issues to facilitate improvements and accomplishment of quality management goals and measures of success. Analyzes manufacturer's instructions for use (IFU) to write standards operating procedures that assures quality appropriateness of cleaning. Manages Loaner Tray Process in SPS. Serves as member center's RME Committee and VISN 12 SPS Board. Collects, inputs, analyze, interprets and reports data from various sources, data banks, and local programs to assure compliance with standards and performance improvement. He/She is responsible for the assessment of the environment, analysis of trends, data transmission, communication of ideas, development and policy implementation, programs initiation and collaboration in the management of resources. He/She will be in areas of patient care practices, microbiology, asepsis, disinfection/sterilization, adult education, infectious diseases, communication, program administration and epidemiology. The RME Coordinator, SPS demonstrates expertise and comprehensive understanding of the decontamination/sterilization process as well as infection control practice issues. This role involves clinical, administrative, research and education components which impact patients and health care personnel throughout the facility. Major Duties and Responsibilities Completes SOPs for new equipment and keeps current SOPs updated. Acts as an expert consultant in clinical practice and/or in areas related to practice role responsibilities. Responsible for coordination/provision of training new and current employees, conducting regular in-service training, and development of RME Standard Operating Procedures. Ensures the practice of equipment cleaning/reprocessing is consistent with VA Standards, as well as numerous national accreditation standards. Consistently designs or redesigns care delivery to improve patient outcomes. Assists medical center activities and preparations for accreditations surveys, i.e., The Joint Commission (JC), Office of Inspector General (OIG). Plans for personal growth as related to professional goals based on self-assessment, evaluation, and feedback. Assumes responsibility for acquiring knowledge and experience to meet goals. Actively participates in professional organizations. Works with other VAMCs to conduct annuals SPS inspections and schedules the SPS assessments for the facility. Establishes relationships with all Sterile Processing Service (SPS) and RME users to assure accountability, education and compliance with RME. Collects, analyzes, and reports data on unsafe patient care practices related to cleaning and/or disinfecting/sterilizing of critical and semi-critical RME. The RME Coordinator, SPS is responsible for assessing, monitoring, developing and implementing corrective action plans for instrument processing, decontamination, sterilization, biological monitoring and high level disinfection monitoring. Creates integrated programs that cross all services and disciplines within the Medical Center. Consults with interdisciplinary leadership to identify, plan and provide education to Medical Center employees across service lines. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am - 4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.