Situated in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg on Florida’s Gulf coast, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg has served the residents of the region for more than 100 years and joined the Orlando Health system in 2020. Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is a 480-bed tertiary care center equipped to provide comprehensive medical and surgical care. The hospital offers many areas of expertise, including surgery and trauma, neuroscience, cardiology, acute rehabilitation and obstetrics. The hospital has a 38-bed neurosciences unit with a dedicated neurology team consisting of board-certified neuroscience specialists and physicians with subspecialty expertise in stroke, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, and includes a Level IV Epilepsy Center. In partnership with Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Baby Place offers full obstetrical services and is a Level III Regional Perinatal Intensive Care Center, one of only 12 in Florida. The hospital also is home to the Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Cardiac Cath Lab, located in the James Heart Center, which offers a full range of cardiovascular care and an on-site inpatient rehabilitation unit, as well as the nearby Bayfront Health St. Petersburg Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center.
The Sterile Processing Technician demonstrates, through clinical practice, knowledge and a clear understanding of the entire sterilization process, from cleaning and decontamination through packaging, sterilization and distribution.
Education/Training High school graduate or equivalent.
Licensure/Certification Within first year of employment:
Completion status in the Orlando Health SPD Core Course; or
Nationally certified through:
International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM); or
The Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution (CBSPD).
Maintain 12 continuing education points per year.
Experience One (1) year of experience in sterile processing.
Has high professional and ethical standards that are employed in making critical decisions in every aspect of the sterilization process.
Uses knowledge of microbiology and infection control in determining the best method of processing ever changing, highly technical patient care instrumentation and equipment.
Has advanced knowledge of the function of surgical instrumentation during the course of patient care in the operating room suite in at least one surgical specialty.
Proficient in the decontamination of surgical instrumentation as well as a wide variety of patient equipment.
Responsible for the sterilization of all instrumentation, equipment and supplies that are requested from customer departments.
Responsible for daily record keeping and chemical, mechanical, & biological monitoring relative to sterilization processes.
Participates in the preceptor-ship and orientation of new team members.
Consults with and works directly with the SPD Supervisor, and/or the SPD Operations Specialist, regarding unit activities.
Works as the patient’s advocate regarding the most correct and safest form of sterilization for all patient use instrumentation and equipment.
Assures that through specific infection control procedures a safe environment is maintained.
Maintains reasonably regular, punctual attendance consistent with Orlando Health policies, the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards.
Maintains compliance with all Orlando Health policies and procedures.
Other Related Functions
Participates in all unit quality control activities. He or she must demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of their role to patient care.
Responsible for helping to maintain a safe environment for fellow team members as well as patients.
Completes special projects, without supervision, as assigned by departmental leadership.
Internal Number: Req21820
About Bayfront Health St. Petersburg
The 480-bed Bayfront Health St. Petersburg was founded in 1910. It was acquired October 1, 2020 by Orlando Health, a not-for-profit healthcare organization with $7.1 billion of assets under management. The hospital’s areas of clinical excellence include heart and vascular, surgical services, rehabilitation services, neurosciences, maternity care and – as home to the only state-accredited Level Two Adult Trauma Center in Pinellas County – emergency services and trauma care.
Bayfront Health St. Petersburg is integral to the 3,200-bed Orlando Health system which serves the southeastern United States through 15 wholly-owned hospitals and emergency departments; rehabilitation services, cancer and heart institutes, imaging and laboratory services, wound care centers, physician offices for adults and pediatrics, skilled nursing facilities, an in-patient behavioral health facility, home healthcare services in partnership with LHC Group, and urgent care centers in partnership with CareSpot Urgent Care. Nearly 4,200 physicians, representing more than 80 medical specialties and subspecialties have privileges across the system, which employs nearly 22,000 team members.