Centura Health Polysomnography Therapist in Parker, Colorado

Known locally as the “full-service community hospital doing some big things,” Parker Adventist Hospital, (located at E-470 and Parker Road), offers leading medical experts, the latest technology and a broad array of clinical services. Ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for patient satisfaction, Parker Hospital performs complex spine and brain surgery along with weight-loss and joint-replacement surgery. We have a Level II Trauma Center and a Birthplace with a Level IIIA NICU caring for babies born as early as 28 weeks. Opened 10 years ago and still growing, the entire team is incredibly vibrant, skilled, enthusiastic, innovative and motivated. The sense of “newness” felt at Parker is a big aspect of the culture and the high patient and employee satisfaction scores speak volumes about the care and the environment. Every associate at Parker lives its culture of “relationship based care” each day – treating every patient, family and team member like WE would want to be cared for. For more information about Parker Adventist Hospital and joining the team, visit http://www.parkerhospital.org/.

_Job Description/Job Posting ID: 133642_

_Recruiter Contact:_ AmyDonnelly@centura.org

_Clinic/Department:_* 7392 PARKER SLEEP LAB*

_Hospital:_* PARKER ADVENTIST HOSPITAL*

_Schedule:_ This is a per-requested-need position with no guaranteed schedule

_Shift:_ Nights

_Position Summary_

Performs sleep related diagnostic testing, analysis, and associated therapeutic interventions under the general oversight of Program Coordinator and/or the Medical Director according to Accreditation standards of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Works independently and provide individualized customer service to patients, families, physicians, and staff. Responsible for assisting in and participating in the department performance improvement projects as directed.

_Minimum Education Requirements_

High School Diploma or GED

Associates degree preferred.

_Minimum Experience Requirements_

One year of patient care experience in a sleep center

Demonstrates proficiency in all diagnostic and therapeutic modalities of polysomnography

_License/Certifications_

Current BLS certification required from American Heart Association

Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) Credential from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT)

CRT/RRT or LPN/RN may be considered for employees cross training from Respiratory or Nursing. Employees will be required to have the RPSGT credential within 24 months of the hire/transfer date

Current Colorado LPN or RN license if applicable to discipline

_Position Duties ( denotes an essential function of the position)_*

Polysomnography Assessment & Communication Skills

Obtains, analyzes, and interprets chart and patient information in order to identify patient specific needs and age specific criteria.

Assesses patient’s medical status and therapeutic regimes according to sleep lab practices and procedures.

Performs and communicates with the referring physician, Medical Director and other members of the healthcare team the needs and assessment of the patients.

Explains all procedures to patients and/or family members

Test Preparation Procedures

Properly assembles and calibrates equipment required for testing.

Uses age appropriate equipment.

Applies electrodes and all ancillary equipment according to accepted published and sleep center standards.

Uses 10-20 electrode placement for standard PSG as well as full head 10-20 montages.

Performs all equipment calibrations per policy.

Performs physiologic calibrations pre and post study.

Applies knowledge of theory and application by eliciting optimum patient participation and recognizing unacceptable or inaccurate data effectively.

Performs positive airway pressure mask fitting.

Trouble shoots equipment and calls tech support and biomed as required documenting issue and resolution.

Polysomnographic Record Scoring

Scores sleep/wake stages by utilizing professionally accepted guidelines (R&K and AASM).

Performs sleep staging during the collection of the sleep study.

Assists with scoring clinical events such as respiratory events, arrhythmias, arousals, limb movements, etc.

Scores and interprets sleep disturbances which are accurately detailed with pertinent corresponding patient events patient events.

Assists with generation of accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical data on PSG and home studies.

Participates in Interscorer Reliability Quality Assurance as assigned

Meets the Interscorer Reliability acceptable reliability level

Polysomnographic Testing Procedures

Follows “lights out” procedures to establish and document the patient’s baseline values.

Follows procedural protocols (such as MSLT, MWT, HST, parasomnia studies, PAP and oxygen titration, etc.) to ensure collection of appropriate data.

Performs polysomnographic procedures in accordance with department policy and procedure assuring patient and co-worker safety at all times

Ensures that the tracing is artifact free and makes any necessary adjustments.

Documents patient observations including sleep stages, respiratory events, cardiac arrhythmias, changes in procedure and any other pertinent clinical events which would help facilitate scoring and a more meaningful interpretation of the data.

Implements appropriate interventions such as CPAP, Bilevel, ASV, IVAPS, and/or oxygen.

Follows “lights on” procedures to verify the integrity of the signal.

Demonstrates the knowledge and skills required to recognize and provide age specific testing, treatment, and education to pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients. (Porter is aged 13 and over)

Acts as a resource for physicians, patients, nurses, and respiratory therapists for all sleep related issues.

Verifies and clarifies physician orders as needed by reviewing chart, order form, and calls Medical Director as needed.

Customer Service

Nurtures an atmosphere of collaboration and team oriented interpersonal relationships, communicates flow and information sharing between departments.

Will be expected to work at other Sleep facilities within the operating group when workload and schedule requires.

Offers to help others depending on fluctuations of the workload including working flexible hours and making changes as needed in the work schedule.

Assists with productivity by seeking out tasks such as scoring for all operating group locations, database entry, cleaning when having reduced patient load due to scheduling or no show.

Professional Development

Participates in the orientation and education of other polysomnography staff.

Meets annual continuing education requirements for RPSGT and AASM.

Participates in skills lab for the Sleep Center and completes hospital LEARN modules.

Documentation

Accurately completes and updates department log and patient record which facilitates patient study follow up and future staffing.

Completes written entries which are legible, detailed and accurate..

Assists with scheduling , calling patients to move up in event of no show, as well as calling patients and logging follow up data in database.

_Physical Requirements_

Medium Work - exert/lift up to 50 lbs force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs constantly.

Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.