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Eye On Sterile Processing Department

Eye On Sterile Processing Department

By Selendea Barefield
Information coming from front-line Sterile Processing Technicians.
#sterileprocessing #iahcsmm #spd #cbspd #beyondclean #theprocess #knowledgeornonsense #clubhouse #personaldevelopment #interview #resume #mindset #smartgoals #swotanalysis #savemoney
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Job Report: Are You Safe in Sterile Processing?
Do you remember the 2018 shooting in a Sterile Processing Department? Are you safe in your department? Have you done your own safety assessment? Today I will offer you actions steps that you can start today to make sure that you are safe at work. Check out our Facebook group for updated information: Sterile Processing Grapevine Check out our Website: Eye On SPD
June 10, 2022
Job's Report: Travel Pay Reduction and Relocating for Work
I have tips if your travel pay is being reduced and if you are relocating for work. This podcast can also be watch on my YouTube Channel. You can checkout my website for more resources. Eye On SPD
May 17, 2022
Job's Report: SPD to Vendor?
After leaving the HSPA conference, I noticed that vendors are solving problems that we have in SPD. I believe that we can solve our own problems. In this episode I will get your creative juicies flowing. This audio has a video component that you can find on YouTube: Eye On SPD or my Facebook group: Sterile Processing Grapevine.  #hspa #sterileprocessing #sidehustle #eyeonspd
May 10, 2022
Traveling to the HSPA 2022 Conference
I'm heading to the HSPA Conference in San Antonio, TX. In this episode I will breakdown the cost, tips on saving money and places to eat and visit while in San Antonio.    Check me out on  Email me at  Facebook: Sterile Processing Grapevine
April 13, 2022
S.M.A.R.T & Strenghts
What’s in it for you? I will give you tools and ideas to organize and execute on your goals so that you can plan for your news house, get out of debt, buy a new car, pay off your college debt or plan a vacation. You will accomplish your goals and go after the things you want and deserve in your professional and personal life. What you will learn? You will learn about S.M.A.R.T goals and the S.W.O.T assessment. We will identify the important skills that you have or need to develop in Sterile Processing. Download Link
January 19, 2022
Mindset: The World of Sterile Processing
We sometimes have to change our mindset to move forward in life. Are you ready to change your mindset and change your life? We can do it together, you bite at a time. 
January 10, 2022
The SPD Family
I started my podcast to showcase Sterile Processing Professionals. I present to you Sterile Processing.
September 29, 2021
SPD in Pakistan: Meet Ghulam Mossa Kazam
Ghulam has three years of experience in Sterile Processing and he is already a triple crown (CRCST, CHL & CIS). He will be the first recipient of the SPD Education Fundraiser. Thank you, to all of the people that made this possible. 
September 22, 2021
Arm Yourself with Knowledge Meet: Tiffany
Tiffany has trained and educated Doctors, Nurses, and Scrub Technicians about the importance of what we do. Tiffany takes pride in going above and beyond to deliver exceptional services and products. She continues to educate new Technicians in the field by providing study aides to help them thrive in their department. Tiffiany has her CBSPD, CRCST, CIS, CER and currently working on her CHL.
September 19, 2021
We Give You the Tools to Thrive: Meet My Manager T.J.
We have all of the IAHCSMM's Box Courses. We give Technicians time to study while at work. We give them the tools to get certified. Thomas Brown's Linkedin profile is what captured my attention when I was looking for a Supervisor position. His profile is about serving his department.  Thomas Brown profile Eye On SPD Website
September 16, 2021
From Technician to Instructor: Meet Dannie O. Smith
Dannie volunteered to get his 400 hours but to his surprise, volunteering didn't count. Listen to Dannie as he walks us through his life of "What's Next". Dannie is a designer for Sterilize My Life (Instagram) Sterilize My Life (Facebook) and a Sterile Processing Instructor for ISPI  Connect with Dannie on LinkedIn: Dannie For more resources, check us out at Eye On SPD
August 31, 2021
400 Gone Wrong
Many departments are happy to have free labor, while others do not have time to train  students. Students are not engaged or prepared for their 400 hours. I have a couple of ideas and a few stories.
June 29, 2021
Holiday Pay & Juneteenth
Did you know that employers' are not required to pay you Holiday pay? Well, except Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Juneteenth represents freedom. Are you free?
June 21, 2021
Pride Celebration: Medtronics, Laws and You
Organizations around the world are celebration Pride month. Are you? I have never witness the LGBTQ+ community being represented in Sterile Processing. How can be celebrate? What laws protect employees? Is there discrimination in healthcare? LGBTQ+ Health Clinics by State Local Non-discrimination Ordinance 10 Tips for Caring for LGBTQIA+ Patients PRIDE CELEBRATIONS EYE ON SPD
June 16, 2021
Annual Review & You= Pay
Don't wait to prepare for your annual review. Start now. I will give you tips that will prepare you for your annual review, and get  you more.
June 14, 2021
Your List Before You Travel or Move for Work
I have moved many, many times. I moved for personal reasons, work and adventure. There are a few things that I find myself always forgetting. In this episode I will hand deliver you a list, so that you will be prepared. Good luck on your travels. Eye On SPD
June 07, 2021
Task Rotation: Should it be fair?
We can add value to the department outside of normal task rotation. I have a soft spot for people that can't work like they used to but love their department. I have an eye for those that have more to offer outside of being rotated to decon or not. In this episode I offer a few ideas. Thanks for listening. #sterileprocessing
May 23, 2021
I had 10 Interviews 8 Job Offers: It's My Mindset
Applicants study interview questions hoping to land a job, but what happens when the interviewer doesn't ask any of the typical questions? Can you pitch yourself in 30 seconds or less? SPD Interview: SPD Resume:
May 02, 2021
Dear Side Hustler the Sterile Processing Technician,
 Do you have an EIN number, Business Bank Account, Website or Process Payment System? Did you know the government has grants available for small businesses? I will give you information on this and more.
April 12, 2021
Sterile Processing Techs: Out The Box Career Path
I will give you three levels of career paths that you can use to take action today! Dare to be great! Quizlet Regulatory and Professional Agencies Hospital Jobs with Little Schooling Health Care Careers for those with a certificate or diploma Medical Certifications AAMI and U.S. Department of Labor OSHA complete online safety training by osha authorized provider Board of Certified Safety Professionals: OSHA 30 Training Infections Preventionist Certificate EPA Certification Programs EPA Water Quality Hazardous Drugs Management Certificate Indoor Air Quality Certificate The American Council for Accredited Certification If you have a degree in biology etc. American Board of Industrial Hygienist.
March 29, 2021
Minimum Wage Increased but Nothing for YOU
Organizations are increasing the minimum wage for new employees but they are leaving out their tenured staff. What will you do if you don't get a wage increase? Will you leave? Will you negotiate for a higher pay? In this episode, I will give you tools, resources and ideas that will help you navigate your decision.  SKILLS ASSESSMENTS CHECK YOUR PAY  
March 25, 2021
Increase Your Value, Grow Your Brand
You are a Brand. You can take several steps everyday at work to increase your knowledge, skills and value. You don't have to be a supervisor to think like one. Start imagining the things you can do,  to cut cost or time, and increase workflow. Listen today for 29 minutes worth of tips. Please share. EYEONSPD YOUTUBE VIDEO MIND MAPPING FOR CREATING PROCESSES
March 14, 2021
Frontline Techs: Your First Six Months. Sunshine & Michael
Her first week of work, she was called into the office, and asked if this was the job for her. Michael inspired his team and manager to get certified, creating a career ladder. SPD TOOLS  ENDOSCOPE VIDEOS BRAINBENCH LEAVE A MESSAGE DOCTORS CHARGED WITH  OPOIOD DEATHS STERILE PROCESSING UNCLEANED INSTRUTMENTS: COLORADO
March 08, 2021
Black History: Race Based Healthcare, Medical Experiments & Disparities
Did you know that if you identify as being African American you may not be referred to a specialist? Listen to this episode to find out.  LEAVE A MESSAGE THE ARTICLE WITH RESOURCES Follow me on Facebook to get the article with sources.
February 28, 2021
Frontline Technicians: Anthony & Alain
From new to the industry to certified. Anthony has a background in marketing and Alain has a background in food production and hospitality. COVID-19 had a big impact on their industry, but luckily for them they have a network of friends in Healthcare. Their friend Danny extended his hand and the rest is history.  SIPS was instrumental in them accomplishing their certification. Eye On SPD Leave A Message
February 22, 2021
Choosing A Sterile Processing Program with Warren Nist
Warren Nist has over 38 years of Sterile Processing experience with 31 of those years in management. He is also the founder of Evolved Sterile Processing LLC Consulting. Warren is a subject matter expert for IAHCSMM, Six Sigma trained, and he is an approved instructor for the CRCST program by IAHCSMM. Evolved Sterile Processing LLC Eye On SPD Leave A Voice Message
February 22, 2021
Emergency Contact: Is it you?
Do you know what to do if you are listed as an emergency contact, and you get a phone call from the hospital's E.R.? In this episode I share a personal story with you.   Build Your Emergency Kit Leave a Message:
February 15, 2021
Frontline Technician: Sarah B. Cruz
Sarah is an educator, entrepreneur, and Sterile Processing/ Central Service extraordinaire.  She encourages Sterile Processing Technicians to move from the "job" mentality to the "career" mentality in SP/CS.  Leave us a message PRETREAT CSS Sarah on Facebook Eye On SPD Website Sharyn Combs Facebook
February 06, 2021
Nurses were like Sterile Processing Technicians
Nurses were trained on the job just like Sterile Processing Techs. It took a long time before they received the formal education, and recognition that they receive today.  eye on SPD history of nurses Facebook 
February 01, 2021
Frontline Technician: Dawn Rowley
Dawn is a dynamic Sterile Processing that was inspired to obtain a degree in Biology after falling in love with Sterile Processing. She went on to get her CRCST, CIS and CER. She is now in school for Ex-Ray Technician. I want you to listen to her passion for the industry.  If you are passion about Sterile Processing, and want to tell your story, contact us.  Eye On Sterile Processing Department LLC Facebook  Leave Us a Message
January 30, 2021
Resume Part II
We will get deeper into the resume building process. The information in this podcast will build on the information in the last podcast. If you enjoy please share this episode.  SPT Detailed Profile Resume Building Tools  Eye On SPD Website Dr. Shooting Dr. Stole COVID Vaccines Pharmacist Spoils COVID Vaccines Dentist and Sexual Harassment
January 29, 2021
Building Your Resume
We are dynamic because we have many transferable skills. We are negotiators, trouble shooters, problem solvers, time managers, researchers, and so much more. Let's build a resume that reflects our many skills and talents. SELF-MANGEMENT SKILLS: 10 COMMUNICATION SKILLS: SAVE MILLIONS IN INVENTORY: ASC INCREASE SURGERIES: SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS: NUVASIVE LAWSUIT:
January 22, 2021
King's Day
It is time for change and it begins with us. 
January 18, 2021
Movin On Up: From Tech to the Top
My guest Jardin, will give you valuable tools that can help you move up from your position in Sterile Processing to your next accomplishment. Move up, Move on, Just keep Moving. The music is from the old 70's show, The Jeffersons.
August 17, 2020
I Quit!: Retention, Turnover & Pay
My department just lost two techs; they just quit.  Why is turnover so damn high? What can we do? I have a few tips.
August 12, 2020
Bullies in Sterile Processing
We have a demanding, stressful job.  The uncertainty of COVID 19 has added more stress to our job. Our co-workers are being bullied.  CLIP ART: Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash
August 07, 2020
Sterile Processing Is Not For You- Job Hack
If you sit in the parking lot before you go to work and pray you don't loose control at work, this job may not be for you. If you think about being somewhere else 90% of the time while you are at work, this job is not for you. We have skills that are ignored. It is time for us to capitalize on our skills, and make moves that satisfy our personal development as Sterile Processing Technicians. SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS MARKET PROJECTION,Xerafy%2C%20STANLEY%20Healthcare%2C%20B. LIST OF PERSONALITY/ SKILLS TEST ONE STOP EXPLORE CAREERS ONES TOP SKILLS ASSESSMENTS, VALUE ASSESSMENT AND MORE ASSIGN THE RIGHT JOB FOR THE RIGHT SKILLS
July 27, 2020
Retirement: Get Your Money or Die Trying
Sterile Processing Techs are under paid but that does not mean we can't get the most out of the benefits our facility offers.
July 01, 2020
No PPE, Who Protects SPD?
We deserve to be protected while working  with Blood Borne Pathogens and COVID19.  We MUST fight for our health and safety. Reach out to me and share your story, we are IN THIS TOGETHER. Voice message:
June 21, 2020
Us vs. Them & Unhealthy Agreements
Us vs. them mentality, is a great way to divide people. We have more in common than we realize. Unhealthy agreements are dangerous because people do not stand up for what is right. Many times they are afraid of being labeled the bad guy/girl. UNHEALTHY AGREEMENTS: PROJECT IMPLICIT: PERSONALITY TEST: STRUCTURAL RACISM AFFECTS HEALTHCARE: AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION:
June 04, 2020
Racism In Surgery? 9 Things That Drives Me Crazy!
Did you know the Sims retractor was created from Dr. Sims experimenting on slaves? Did you know more women of color have C-Sections? If we are all in this together, why do tech do things that are counterproductive to our department? 9TIPS: CENTRAL SERVICE STUDY MATERIAL: ENDOSCOPIC VIDEOS: ENDOSCOPE STUDY MATERIAL: DR. SIMS: DR. SIMS STATUE REMOVED: C-SECTION CALCULATOR 1.  VBAC: C-SECTION CALCULATOR  2. VBAC: SIMS PHOTO IN EPISODE ART:
May 27, 2020
Ready To Return To Work?
Some people say they are ready to return to work, while others say, "hell no". In this episode I want to talk about the things that we should think about before we return to work and national organizations that deal with workplace safety (not OSHA) in the healthcare environment.  Check out my website for study aides and resources: Resource information about hospitals, agencies, pay-rates, lodging and more DOL and OSHA: list of safety organizations related to the medical field: Robotic surgeries article: . Leave a voicemail
May 03, 2020
We take risk every time we put on our scrubs and get to work in Sterile Processing. We take risk when we leave the house. SPT are taking risk when they reprocess N95 mask. I want to talk about risk at work and risk at home and a few tools to use to help techs make better decision. Also check out our website for resources. RELATED FIELDS: INSTRUMENT 510 (K) CLEARANCE: ELECTIVE SURGERIES AT SURGERY CENTERS OPENING: HOSPITALS HIT THE HARDEST: STATE FEDERAL AID FOR COVID19 CASES: CMS AND ELECTIVE SURGERIES:
April 22, 2020
Face Mask
April 08, 2020
Work After Covid-19, Running Out of Food, News and Resources
Many of us are loosing money not being able to work. We will have to get a second job once the lock-down ends. It is important to have our resume, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles ready. While we wait to return to work, we have rent or a mortgage to pay. Some states and or counties have Eviction Moratoriums and some do not, I have a link to check where you live.  AORN is having a Townhall about Covid-19, Kai Nexus is having a webinar for quarantined kids and the podcast Checks and Balances has information that can help build interviewing and resume skills. Also, some fear that we are running out of food,  are we? SPD TRAVEL RESOURCE: EVICTION MORATORIUM: AORN TOWNHALL REGISTRATION: KIDS IN QUARANTINE: PPE  BEING FLOWN IN FROM CHINA: RECRUITER:  TED MERKIN @ MEDICAL SOLUTIONS: 513-544-4960 (personal cell phone).  PODCAST: PAYCHECKS AND BALANCES: PODCAST: MAKE ME SMART WITH KAI AND MOLLY:
March 26, 2020
Surgeon with Corona, Tips and Ideas
Tips to help through these uncharted waters. Leave a message at
March 21, 2020
Corona: Is Your Department Disinfected?
Sterile Processing is expected to produce clean, disinfected or sterilize products. How are we able to do that when our department is not being properly disinfectant?  Now that the Corona Virus is in the news, everyone is interested in disinfecting their workplaces, home and public spaces. NPR AUDIO ABOUT CORONA: KAISER NEWS, EVERYBODY'S DISINFECTING: EPA CHECK YOUR DISINFECTANT REGISTRATION: EPA REGISTERED ANTIMICROBIAL PRODUCTS: WHAT IS ATP?: (PDF) ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANING IN SPD: › download.  BACTERIA AND VIRUS ON SURFACES: BACTERIA AND VIRUS OUTSIDE THE BODY:
March 18, 2020
PPE, Corona, Gloves on The Clean Side
Are we really protected in the Decontamination room? Are the hand washed items sent through the window safe to handle without gloves? I had a talk with a Sterile Processing Technician that is serious about infection Control and her name is Tiffany.  INFECTION CONTROL TODAY: MOLD AT HOSPITAL: WHISTLE-BLOWER: OSHA BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS: AAMI:
March 06, 2020
I'm A Hustler
I posted a Facebook question trying to find out how many Techs are Side Huslters or have a small business. I was surprised to see so many creative unique individuals. This episode I wanted to share some of the things I have learned about the fist steps in starting a business, like getting your EIN#. EIN: LLC BY FORMATION BY STATE: (SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION) DUN & BRADSTREET: AZLO BANK: FDIC.GOV: GOOGLE VOICE: ONE PAGE WEBSITE: SELL DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL PRODUCTS: BUSINESS CARDS AND MORE: PODCAST FOR FREE:
February 28, 2020
We can all add value to the people we interact with everyday. Take the time to add value to others and watch it come back to you.
February 20, 2020
Life After Sterile Processing
What skills are transferrable? What are other techs doing?
February 19, 2020
Horrible Boss
I have had the opportunity to have jobs in different fields. The one thing I have found that a horrible boss can make the job hard. On this episode I share two stories from the internet that I thought were interesting, a couple of audios and my own personal experience. Please hit me up with your personal stories. Reference: Employee Teaches Boss A Lesson. How Do I Deal With a Toxic Boss? Hospital Compare. CMS Hospital 5 Star. Transplant Gone Missing. Podcast: Reveal "Transplantation"
February 10, 2020
#2 Traveling
When we travel as technicians there are a lot of things that we have to think about. I wanted to make the gathering of information easy by putting together this podcast and a website. I hope you find this information valuable.
February 04, 2020
#1 Introduction: What is SPD and Who I am
This is a fun, informative place to learn and get to know each other.
January 27, 2020