Lead Sleep Technologist
Part time, Days/ PMs, weekends as needed, 20 hrs. / week
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Northwest Community Healthcare is known for compassionate care and its convenient location. But it’s our advanced technologies, clinical expertise and state-of-the-art facilities that offer the latest treatments and assure the care, comfort and safety of our patients and the community.
Reporting to the Manager of the Sleep Disorders Center, the Lead Polysomnographic Technologist utilizes clinical expertise to perform a variety of sleep center duties including general to advanced testing, scoring and clinical assessment procedures for adult and pediatric patients. Coordinates department scoring, quality assurance data collection, and other daily processes including a variety of duties to support the operations of the department.
1. Accurately scores all types of sleep studies according to current guidelines; generates sleep reports summarizing sleep/wake periods, REM episodes, arousal analysis, EEG phenomena, cardiac events, respiratory events, and limb movements. Correlates respiratory and neurological events. Tabulates and generates comprehensive sleep study reports for all adult and pediatric testing procedures.
2. Coordinates the departments daily scoring assignments, completion and report generation ensuring all scoring is performed accurately per departmental turnaround time and scoring ratio standards.
3. Performs general and advanced polysomnographic therapeutic procedures for adult and pediatric patients in the area of sleep medicine; recognizes and responds appropriately to patient’s medical problems and physiological events, especially cardiac dysrhythmias, respiratory events, seizures, and arousals. Identifies indications, contraindications, and adverse effects of continuous, bi-level, auto servo ventilation (ASV) and auto variable pressure support (AVAPS™) positive airway pressure therapies and oxygen administration; applies and titrates therapy following established protocols. Performs daytime testing procedures including advanced diagnostic testing and assessments including Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefullness Tests (MWT), Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) acclimations, mask fittings, pediatric site visits and testing procedure orientations; sets up and downloads overnight oximetry and portable apnea monitors.
4. Assists manager in daily chart QA and documentation reviews, providing assessments of each testing procedure performed and scored within the department.
5. Performs daily pasteurization and restocking of positive airway pressure equipment per department policy.
6. Performs various general and clerical duties within the department and assists with telephone coverage and patient scheduling as needed throughout shift.
7. Orders and maintains all departmental supplies including technical, patient care, office and dietary supplies. Sets up and troubleshoots all clinical and digital recording equipment.
8. Provides shift coverage for late sleeping patients, alternate testing schedules, sleep technologist shifts, administrative assistant shifts and overnight testing procedures as necessary.
9. Performs advanced clinical assessments, mask and positive airway pressure acclimations, pre-testing site visits, and implements appropriate follow up care plans for adult and pediatric patients, under the direction of manager and medical director, after general testing is performed and treatment for their sleep disorder is initiated. Works with non-compliant patients and their physician to reassess, reeducate and implement follow up care plans and changes to current therapy including, but not limited to, mask type, humidity settings, therapy type, pressure settings, etc. to get the patient acclimated to therapy.
10. Assists manager with coordination and rollout of staff (clinical and non-clinical) training, departmental education plans, data collection and reporting, community education events and physician marketing initiatives.
1. Credentialed Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) preferred; an experienced sleep technologist actively pursuing RPSGT credential that has successfully completed the AASM A-STEP program modules, or CAAHEP accredited sleep technology training program, or electroneurodiagnostic (END) program, or respiratory add-on track for sleep technology program considered.
2. Minimum of two years clinical sleep experience performing overnight polysomnograms and daytime testing procedures and scoring sleep testing procedures for adult and pediatric patient populations required.
3. Current Basic Life Support CPR Healthcare Provider card required.
4. Ongoing education in the field of sleep medicine at a rate of 10 continuing education units annually as defined by the AASM for technologists in an accredited sleep program; must additionally meet all AAST, BRPT and AASM educational requirements.
5. Experienced in performing clinical assessments of adult and pediatric patients and comprehensive and thorough patient education.
6. Knowledge and understanding of indications, contraindications, and adverse effects of CPAP, Bi-Level, auto servo ventilation and advanced applications of positive airway pressure therapies, oxygen administration, administration of sedation medication and medications affecting sleep and disorders of sleep.
7. Previous implementation/performance of sleep patient follow up program preferred.
8. Durable medical equipment (DME) set up and patient education experience preferred.
7. Proficient computer skills with a basic understanding of networking and advanced knowledge of storage, manipulation and retrieval of data.
8. Excellent time management skills with ability to effectively prioritize routine and new duties as assigned throughout shift.
9. Able to effectively multitask and remain focused on job duties in various working environments.
10. Analytical skills necessary to score sleep studies and recognize and respond appropriately to the patient’s medical problems and physiological events.
11. Analytical skills necessary to clinically assess patients and ascertain current medical issues, appropriateness for testing and issues contributing to therapy non-compliance.
12. Excellent written skills necessary to generate detailed medical chart documentation and technical summary reports.
13. Excellent communication and customer service skills including those necessary to interact effectively with patients, families, physicians and provide clear patient/family education and assist manager with marketing efforts.
NCH is comprised of:
- A 489-bed hospital, including 200 private rooms in the South Pavilion
- Four Immediate Care Centers, located in Buffalo Grove, Lake Zurich, Mount Prospect and Schaumburg
- Seven accessible outpatient imaging locations that provide advanced imaging technology
- The Day Surgery Center, a same-day outpatient surgery center
Annually, NCH treats an average of 24,000 inpatients and conducts:
- 337,000 outpatient visits
- 43,000 home care visits
- 3,100 newborn deliveries
- Approximately 18,000 inpatient and outpatient surgical cases, ranging from open heart surgery and joint replacement to neurosurgery and minimally invasive procedures
NCH provides our patients and community with safe, high quality care – and it shows. Here are a few of the many awards and designations we've recently achieved:
- Magnet® Recognition for Nursing Excellence (The American Nurses Credentialing Center awards Magnet status to hospitals that exhibit exemplary patient outcomes and satisfaction, have impressive nurse-to-patient ratios, and attract and retain the best nursing staff.)
- Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award
- The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
Please go to this link and apply online.