Salem, MA | Health Technician/Technologist

Sterile Processing Technician II Nights


New Competitive Salaries and Central Processing Technician Certification program available!

This position is eligible for a $5,000.00 sign-on bonus.

Under the general guidance and direction of the CSPS Clinical Operations Supervisor the Central Sterile Processing Technician 2 independently performs all core job responsibilities in the Sterile Processing Department. Core Sterile Processing functions include receiving, sorting and decontamination of surgical/clinic items and instrumentation; inspection and packaging of single instruments and instrument kits; identification of appropriate sterilization method and cycle selection, appropriate documentation for all sterile processes; and accurate inventory assignment relating to the case cart build process.


Must be able to perform all duties in accordance with the Salem Policies and Procedures. International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) and/or the Certification Board for Sterile Processing and Distribution, Inc. (CBSPD) standards and procedures should be understood and followed. Responsible for obtaining and maintaining CRCST or CBSPD at all times during employment.

Decontamination and Cleaning of Reusable Medical Devices

  • Utilizes approved PPE as appropriate.
  • Receives soiled, used, and/or contaminated equipment, surgical instruments, scopes, and supplies from Operating Rooms, patient care units, and specialized areas; documents arrival and cleaning process utilizing SPM.
  • Disassembles items as needed before choosing appropriate cleaning method.
  • Identifies items in need of repair upon receipt and ensures information is maintained during cleaning process.
  • Selects and utilizes appropriate manual cleaning tools to achieve instrument decontamination, including but not limited to instrument brushes, enzymatic detergent, flushing devices, ultrasonic bath, leak tested
  • Selects and utilizes appropriate automated cleaning tools to achieve instrument decontamination; this includes loading and selecting appropriate cycles on automated washers.
  • Cleans work area by wiping area with antibacterial agent upon work completion or as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned

Assembly and Packaging of Reusable Medical Devices

  • Documents all work performed utilizing instrument tracking software SPM.
  • Inspects and assembles all equipment, instruments, scopes, and instrument sets following product recipe, verifies items are functional, free of debris and required per instrument recipe.
  • Documents items missing from instrument set, escalating set to CSPS Clinical Operations Supervisor or Designee for further guidance.
  • Identifies and places appropriate internal indicator as required.
  • Selects appropriate packaging method, including any sterilization accessories (corner protectors ect); ensures all external indicators and/or labels are securely affixed to item.
  • Transports items to sterilization as needed.
  • Maintains clean and organized work area, ensuring workspace is functional for peer use upon work completion or as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Sterilization and High Level Disinfection of Reusable Medical Devices

  • Interprets package labeling to select appropriate sterilization method and approved cycle, options include Steam, STERRAD, or other as required.
  • Inspects packages to ensure all external indicators, filters, and/or labels are securely affixed to items, returns non satisfactory products to instrument room.
  • Loads sterilizer as appropriate to ensure cycle completion; includes biological testing as appropriate.
  • Performs routine sterilizer testing including biological monitoring, leak test, and bowie dick test as appropriate.
  • Following established policies interprets and appropriately documents results of sterilizer testing. Escalates positive results as appropriate for intervention.
  • Removes and inspects items from sterilizer utilizing approved methods to preserve package integrity.
  • Following established procedures selects appropriate High Level Disinfection method, manual (Cidex OPA) or automatic (AER), for heat sensitive instruments, equipment or flexible endoscopes.
  • AER options include STERIS System 1 E, Medivator, Custom UltraSonic, or Trophon.
  • Performs ATP testing on endoscopes as required.
  • Utilizes approved PPE as appropriate.
  • Performs daily AER maintenance in accordance with established policies and procedures, documents appropriately.
  • Performs daily Cidex OPA maintenance in accordance with established policies and procedures, documents appropriately.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Inventory Management and Case Cart Build

  • Utilizes patient specific pick lists to accurately gather surgical instruments and disposable supplies requested by attending surgeon or other Peri-Operative representative.
  • Documents case cart build process in SPM, continuously updating the record as items are fulfilled to maintain integrity of needs list.
  • Inspects items during the pick process to ensure package integrity remains intact, package is within expiration date, and substitutions are appropriate.
  • Communicates unmet surgical supply requests to leadership for resolution assistance.
  • Returns supplies not used after surgical procedures to their proper stock location.
  • Modifies picking order as directed by CSPS Clinical Operations Supervisor based on changing OR Surgical Schedule.


  • Excellent organization, operations, people management, and problem solving skills are essential.
  • Must be able to speak, read, write and understand medical terminology in order to follow written instructions and complete various forms and records regarding equipment processing and preparation of equipment.
  • Must have working knowledge of computer programs; proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and exposure to instrument tracking software. Existing knowledge of EPIC and SPM are preferred.
  • Ability to multi-task is critical.






Minimum Required:

  • High school diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Certificate : CRCST or CBSPD

Preferred: Some college or Associate’s Degree

Field of Study/Additional Specialized Training:

Graduate of Sterile Processing Training program preferred.

Applicants with relevant experience will be considered. Salem Hospital, a member of Mass General Brigham, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Pre-employment drug screening is required.

Katherine Melanson
Talent Acquisition Partner

Salem, MA
With NSPG, you’ll experience:

Career advancement

Grow, learn and develop new practice innovations.

Continue your medical education.

Make academic connections and explore teaching opportunities.

Explore leadership opportunities.

Develop clinical and administrative career ladders.

A supportive practice environment

Collaborative professionals.

Patient-centered care model.

Leadership that listens and values your contributions and ideas.

Autonomy and respect for your skills and expertise.

Excellent salary and benefits.

Clinical excellence

NSPG’s MHQP Patient Experience surveys show that we perform higher than the state mean in all domains with 92% of patients indicating that they would recommend NSPG services.

Our physicians are polling in the top 75th percentile of AMGA Satisfaction metrics for almost every major category—the highest physician satisfaction scores of any medical group in the Boston region.

25th percentile in MGMA cost benchmarks and top 75th percentile in revenue benchmarks.

The North Shore area offers an excellent quality of life:
  • Communities with varied and rich histories and convenient access to museums, art, restaurants and shops.
  • Natural beauty, handsome architecture and vivid history—only 15 miles north of Boston.
  • 30 miles of gorgeous rocky coastline with breathtaking beaches and harbors.
  • World-class sailing and close proximity to the mountains and picturesque New England.
  • Easy access to a multitude of universities, colleges, and public and private schools.
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