Eastern Maine Healthcare System Sterile Processing Educator in Portland, Maine

Job Summary:

The SPD educator works closely with the SPD Leads and SPD supervisor to ensure efficient flow of the SPD department. Responsible for updating and maintaining the orientation pathway for newly hired SPD techs. Responsible for developing and maintaining the certification pathway for non-certified SPD staff. Maintains competency checklists for all SPD staff specific to C/D/S standards, instrumentation, & related applications. Assists in the coordination of responsibilities specific to the daily surgical schedule with the O.R. Assists with maintaining departmental QI programs and Joint Commission standards. Upholds all of the regulatory, licensing, and accrediting standards applicable to SPD.

The incumbent performs duties and tasks in accordance with performance standards established for the job. The incumbent may have access to highly confidential patient, employee and/or Mercy proprietary information, and must handle & protect the information in accordance with hospital & system policies, HIPAA requirements and the highest level of ethical standards. The incumbent is responsible for reporting all security events, potential events, or other security risks to the organization. The incumbent is responsible for participation in and completion of all patient safety initiatives appropriate to the position, and conducts all job responsibilities according to the Mission and Values of Mercy Hospital.


Certification by CBSPD or IAHCSMM within 6 months of hire.

Bachelor's degree preferred.

SPD technician with at least 3 years experience. Prior experience in a leadership role is preferred. Role will involve liaison with OR staff as well as training, developing and advancing SPD technician staff. Strong interpersonal skills, clear communication and the ability to understand specific instructions. Good hand/eye coordination and manual dexterity. Ability to concentrate on detail and adjust quickly to changes. Knowledge of safe body mechanics and of physical layout and environment of hospital. Must be able to prioritize work to accomplish assigned tasks. Demonstrate effective communication skills as evidenced through participation in the peer review process and committee participation.