Sterile Processing (SPD) Educator & Quality Specialist

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7236921 (Ref:10025048)

Posted: April 19, 2024

Salary / Pay Rate: $54.72 - $87.55 / hour

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Join the transformative team atCity of Hope, where we're changing lives and making a real difference in the fight against cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses. City of Hope’s growing national system includes its Los Angeles campus, a network of clinical care locations across Southern California, a new cancer center in Orange County, California, and treatment facilities in Atlanta, Chicago and Phoenix. Our dedicated and compassionate employees are driven by a common mission: To deliver the cures of tomorrow to the people who need them today.

Position Summary

The SPD Educator is responsible for education and Quality Assessments of City of Hope’s Sterile Processing Program according to IAHCSMM, CBSPD, AORN, AAMI, and Joint Commission regulations. This position will maintain consistent high standards in the training and education process of all personnel responsible for sterile processing functions to assure that the department will meet regulatory requirements. This position will function across the City of Hope Enterprise and will require intermittent travel to community practice locations.

As a successful candidate, you will:

  • Provides recommendations to ensure the standards of operation of the department comply with the standards set by regulatory agencies
  • Plans, develops, and conducts training for onboarding and ongoing staff development in all areas involved with transport, cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and storage of instruments and medical devices. Develops and manages training programs for both inpatient and ambulatory care facilities
  • Assesses the learning needs of staff to plan, organize, coordinate and participate in development and/or teaching of programs to meet those identified needs
  • Provides annual staff education and maintains competency records
  • Develops and implements departmental performance improvement activities and assures ongoing staff participation
  • Develops, reviews, and revises standards of care, policies, procedures, practice guidelines, and protocols of care to reflect current evidence based practice and changing technology
  • Maintains continued education in the field of Sterile Processing operations and equipment through education, literature and seminars
  • Provides training and education to staff to prepare them for the national certification examinations
  • Provides instructions and in-services for new products, procedures and equipment in a manner that will identify and prevent resource loss and maintain safety
  • Acts as a leader in developing, monitoring, evaluating and helping to establish and improve practice standards
  • Acts as a resource for staff regarding critical thinking, equipment use and problem solving regarding clinical situations
  • Collaborates with Quality and Risk and with Infection Control to ensure new protocols are implemented timely and assure quality standards are maintained
  • Participates in and fosters a performance improvement approach that includes both intradepartmental and interdepartmental activities
  • Traveling to community practice sites up to 20% of worktime

Your qualifications should include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required.Experience may substitute
  • Must have 5 years of recent experience working in a sterile processing department or perioperative environment
  • Demonstrated formal leadership or education role (leading, planning, controlling and evaluating sterile processing practices and operations)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of aseptic technique, surgical instrumentation and equipment, and practice of infection control techniques, and body mechanics
  • Demonstrated teaching/education/in-service skills
  • Must have CRCST certification.
  • Must have (or obtain within 12 months) CER certification
  • Valid California Driver’s License

City of Hope is an equal opportunity employer. To learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, pleaseclick here.

To learn more about our Comprehensive Benefits, pleaseclick here.

Salary / Pay Rate Information:
Pay Rate: $54.72 - $87.55 / hour

The estimated pay scale represents the typical [salary/hourly] range City of Hope reasonably expects to pay for this position, with offers determined based on several factors which may include, but not be limited to, the candidate’s experience, expertise, skills, education, job scope, training, internal equity, geography/market, etc. This pay scale is subject to change from time to time.



City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.


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