1 year of experience required
EDUCATION: GED or High School Diploma required. Associate/Bachelor Degree in Respiratory preferred.
EXPERIENCE: 1 year related expeirence and/or training required.
CERTIFICATE, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: BLS certification required. Registered Polysomnography Technologist (RPSGT) credential from the BRPT required. CRT or RRT crendential from the National Board of Respiratory Care preferred. Current license to practice respiratory care (LRCP) from the State of NE preferred.
JOB SUMMARY: This position works under general supervision while performing diagnostic recordings of sleep on patients with sleep related abnormalities and / or deficiencies. In order to achieve world class engagement and to build hope, health and healing for all internal and external customers, this position must adhere to the Mary Lanning values.
PRIMARY JOB DUTIES:
1. Adheres to Mary Lanning Healthcare's Mission, Vision and Values.
2. Adheres to Mary Lanning Healthcare's Standards of Behavior.
3. Knowledgeable of common sleep disorders and treatment options.
4. Knowledgeable of Sleep Lab equipment, its function and purpose including calibration.
5. Monitors patient's physiological response during testing such as vital signs, oxygenation, electroencephalography changes, etc.; evaluates changes in patient condition, and documents signs and symptoms which require notification and / or intervention of a physician.
6. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of growth and development and the skills necessary to provide age specific and appropriate care of the patient according to their age category; interprets data about the patient's status in order to identify each patient's age specific needs consistent with the care of the patient.
7. Reviews patient's medical history, allergies, current medications, and patient questionnaire.
8. Explains procedures to patient before, during and after sleep study.
9. Performs patient set-up: attaches electrodes and monitors to patient according to accepted standards.
10. Monitors patient via video for any unusual sleep behaviors.
11. Records observations of patient throughout the sleep study at specific time intervals and as appropriate.
12. Ensures signals are received on the computer, all monitors are recording data throughout the sleep study.
13. Ability to gather artifact-free polysomnographic data; trouble shoots any artifacts and provides correction.
14. Ability to recognize normal and abnormal sleep patterns.
15. Ability to correctly interpret physiologic tracings and to quickly make a decision to intervene regarding an emergency situation or potential for.
16. Knowledgeable of protocols for PAP therapy.
17. Knowledgeable of protocols for oxygen therapy.
18. Scores various aspects of the sleep study according to established guidelines and sends to the physician for interpretation.
19. Performs all aspects of patient care in an environment that optimizes patient's safety and reduces the likelihood of medical / health care errors.
20. Promptly reports patient incidents, errors or problems and any unsafe practices or environmental conditions to supervisor.
21. Maintains and operates all Sleep Lab equipment safely and correctly. Inspects and tests Sleep Lab equipment to ensure that it is functioning safely and efficiently, orders repairs or recommends replacement as needed.
22. Complies with all requirements applicable to the Polysomnographer as set forth in the Stroke Program policies and protocols.
23. Participates and supports community philanthropy and education programs.
24. Attends and participates in departmental meetings / in-services, Mary Lanning Healthcare quality improvement program, etc.
25. Performs other duties as assigned.