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Sterile Processing Educator - Germantown Job

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Date: Oct 5, 2021

Location: Germantown, TN, US

Company: Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare


The Sterile Processing Department (SPD) Educator is responsible for the educational direction for SPD and reports directly to the SPD Management team. The SPD Educator provides support, as directed, for operational and clinical direction for SPD as well as other clinical areas that utilize reusable medical equipment (RME). Also responsible for quality management, reprocessing activities pertaining to training, competency assessment, development of standard operating procedures based on equipment manufactures' instructions and aid in succession planning for all areas of SPD reprocessing.   Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in The MLH Mission, Vision and Values.  



Education/Formal Training

Work Experience







Completion of a formal training program from an accredited school in surgical technology or sterile processing

Minimum of four years’ experience in sterile processing or a related field to include at least two years direct experience in the sterilization of medical/surgical equipment.

Certification as a SPD Technician (CBSPD) by a nationally recognized certifying board. CRCST certification (IAHCSMM) will also be considered as an alternative.






Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or allied health filed.

Three (3) years of clinical experience in sterile processing or surgical perioperative field. Teaching experience preferred.

  • Licensed to work as a Registered Nurse in the state where work is performed.


  • Must have certification as a SPD Technician from CBSPD or CRCST certification from IAHCSMM upon hire or within 12 months of date of hire.



High School diploma with four years of experience directly related to sterile processing



  • Must have extensive knowledge of methods, skills, and procedures in sterile processing, assembling and packaging of surgical instruments and supplies.  Must be knowledgeable in surgical instrumentation and procedures.
  • Must be knowledgeable in sterilization monitoring, record keeping, and quality assurance protocols.
  • Knowledge of principles of quality and performance management, patient safety and evaluation techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment on decision making in resolving new or unusual problems related to the general or technical aspects of the job. 
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to function with little supervision, delegate work to others, and take initiative to resolve issues.
  • Demonstrates leadership in improving and sustaining the quality and effectiveness of care.
  • Ability to communicate promptly, clearly and accurately in both written and oral form.
  • Ability to organize tasks and maintain control of work flow.
  • Strong communication skills including excellent verbal, written and presentation abilities with experience in conveying complex information to management.
  • Demonstrated capability in facilitating a collaborative approach to compliance with regulatory standards.
  • Ability to consult and negotiate in situations that are controversial and/or sensitive that result in mutual decisions.  Ability to exercise discretion in what and how to communicate.
  • Ability to read and interpret complex statutes and regulations and apply knowledge to manage compliance risk exposure.
Key Job Responsibilities
  • Develops and implements a comprehensive orientation and education program for SPD staff.
  • Plans and implements standardized learning activities to meet the needs of SPD staff.
  • Works collaboratively with Infection Control and Risk Management to ensure patient care is delivered in a safe, effective, timely and efficient manner.
  • Serves as a role model/change agent to promote professional and technical development of Associates.
  • Maintains and ensures adherence to the sterile field by applying principles of aseptic techniques.
  • Performs other job functions as needed.
Physical Requirements
• The physical activities of this position may include climbing, pushing, standing, hearing, walking, reaching, grasping, kneeling, stooping, and repetitive motion.
• Must have good balance and coordination.
• The physical requirements of this position are: medium work - exerting up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally and/or up to 25 lbs. of force frequently.
• The Associate is required to have close visual acuity including color, depth perception, and field of vision to perform an activity, such as assessing patients, preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; or extensive reading.
• Frequent invasive and non-invasive patient contact.
• Exposure to patient body fluids as well as exposure to hazardous or poisonous materials.
• Ability to react quickly to emergency situations.
• Frequent travel outside hospital.

Nearest Major Market: Memphis

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