HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Polysomnography Technician (Part-Time) in Aurora, Colorado

The Medical Center of Aurora is Metro Denver’s first community hospital to earn a Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence. This hospital has received multiple awards and or certifications for Primary Stroke, and Chest Pain. TMCA was ranked as a #4 hospital in the Denver Metro area and the #4 hospital in Colorado in US News & World Report’s 2014-2015 Best Hospital Rankings. TMCA is a Level II Trauma Center and a Level III NICU. TMCA is also an Emergency Nurse Association Lantern Award Recipient for 2013-2016, State of the art Heart Care Tower, Community Hospital Cancer Program accreditation from America College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. NAPBC-accredited Breast Cancer Care Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children’s affiliation, and an affiliate of HealthOne, Denver’s largest healthcare center. 1. *Position Summary: *This position supports the mission of The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza of optimizing the quality of life of all those served by expanding beyond the traditional focus on medical needs to the needs of the whole person. The Sleep Center Tech is an allied health professional who demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care to his or her patients. The Sleep Center Tech is expected to follow the standards as set forth by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (“AASM”). When need arises, will perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza expects our core values to be reflected in the way every employee interacts with co-workers, patients and family members, and with others in the community. The intent of these values is to assure that TMCA/CMP creates the environment where individuals choose to work, and that patient care services are of the highest quality.

Domains of Practice Gather and Analyze Patient Information • Collect, analyze and integrate patient information in order to identify and meet the patient-specific needs (Physical/mental limitations, current emotional/physiological status regarding the testing procedure, pertinent medical/social history), and to review medications, procedure request, and study protocol. • Complete and verify documentation. • Explain pre-testing, testing, and post-testing procedures to the patient. • Other duties as assigned Testing Preparation Procedures • Prepare and calibrate equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments if necessary. • Apply electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards. • Perform appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments if necessary. • Perform positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting. Polysomnographic Procedures • Follow procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, oxygen titration etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data. • Follow “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.) • Perform Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary. • Document routine observations including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results. • Implement appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc). • Follow “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.) • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of neonatal, pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.

Polysomnographic Record Scoring • Assist with scoring sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines. • Assist with scoring clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals etc.) according to center specific protocols. •Assist with generating accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.

Service Management and Professional Issues • Comply with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues. • Perform routine equipment care and maintenance. • Evaluate sleep study related equipment and inventory. • Maintain current CPR or BCLS certification. • Demonstrate effective written and spoken communication skills. • Demonstrate appropriate social skills. • Respond to study participant’s procedural-related inquiries by providing appropriate information. • Demonstrate the ability to analyze complex situations and apply policy. • Comply with the BRPT Standards of Conduct

  1. Position Requirements:

  1. *Licensure/Certification/Registration: *Certification by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists preferred. BLS required.

  2. Education:Successful completion of a polysomnography program of no less than one than one year duration associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility or equivalent experience and documented proficiency at all competencies required of a Polysomnographic Technician. OR A minimum of 6 months of experience as a Polysomnographic Trainee with documented proficiency in all required competencies.

  3. Experience: Six months of training as a Polysomnographic Trainee

  4. Special Qualifications: Demonstrates good organizational skills. Provides safe and appropriate care within the Standards of practice. Demonstrates good critical thinking skills. Displays leadership and problem solving skills. Communicates positively and professionally with all internal and external customers. Able to articulate and demonstrate knowledge of polysomnographic theory and practice.

Title: Polysomnography Technician (Part-Time)

Location: Colorado-Aurora-The Medical Center of Aurora

Requisition ID: 03191-64902