JOB SUMMARY: Under limited supervision, provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders including in center and out of center sleep testing, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, comprehensive patient care and direct patient education for Alaska Native Medical Center patients.
Provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders including in center and out of center sleep testing, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, comprehensive patient care and direct patient education.
Performs comprehensive sleep testing and analysis, and associated interventions under the general supervision of a sleep technologist and/or the medical director.
Follow sleep center protocols related to the sleep study. Follow procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP and oxygen titration, etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data.
Perform appropriate physiological calibrations to ensure proper signals and make required adjustments.
Follow lights out procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.) Follow lights on procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, and check for completeness, etc.).
Perform data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Identify, correct and document artifact.
Document routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results.
Assist with appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.). Perform patient education and instruction appropriate for out of center sleep testing.
Demonstrate proficiency in recognizing sleep vs. wake and identify clinical events while monitoring sleep study patients.
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care and treatment, assessment, and education of pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.
Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to perform portable monitoring equipment preparation and data download.
Demonstrate adherence to cleaning and disinfection procedures for portable monitoring devices. Demonstrate ability to identify artifact, inadequate signals and study failures in portable monitoring.
Follow HIPAA policies to maintain the privacy and security of patient information. Adhere to sleep center policies related to quality assurance.
Performs other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS
Knowledge of Alaska Tribal Health System, ANTHC, and Alaska Native culture(s) and politics.
Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues.
Knowledge of sleep study related equipment and inventory.
Knowledge of teamwork skills.
Skill in critical thinking and ability to work with minimal supervision.
Skill in analyzing complex situations and apply policy
Skill in performing routine equipment care and maintenance and inventory evaluation.
Skill in operating a personal computer utilizing a variety of software applications.
MINIMUM EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
A high school diploma or GED equivalent.
Successful completion of an accredited educational program leading to a certificate or associate degree with an emphasis in sleep technology
OR a sleep technology program associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility.
MINIMUM EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION
Non-supervisory Six (6) months with documented proficiency in all required competencies.
MINIMUM CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATION
Current CPR or Basic Life Support card required.
Certification by a nationally recognized certification board and holds either the Registered Sleep Technologist (RST), Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT), or Sleep Disorders Specialist (SDS) credential.
PREFERRED EDUCATION QUALIFICATION
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATION
PREFERRED CERTIFICATION QUALIFICATION
Demonstrate computer skills appropriate for the position.
Effective verbal and written communication skills.
Appropriate social and service skills.
The following demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:
Must be able to lift approximately 50 pounds.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk or hear.
The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
May occasionally be exposed to hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases.
ANMC is not a latex free facility; an employee should expect to work in an environment where latex may be present.