Job Summary: Under the supervision of the Manager and Lead Polysomnographic Technologist, this position works independently during the night and conducts overnight polysomnographic testing. The PSGT safely operates sophisticated medical equipment used to record sleep/wake physiology, explains procedures, prepares patients and applies recording devices. Key responsibilities include monitoring polygraph recordings and audio/visual equipment to ensure patient safety, test quality, sleep/wake data and other physiological events.
Essential Values-Based, Leadership and Management Competencies: Demonstrates values-based competencies in line with the four core values that are the foundation of all activities performed by employees in order to achieve the Mission of the St. Joseph Health System.
Dignity: Demonstrates competence in communication and interpersonal relations.
Excellence: Demonstrates competence in continuous improvement, continuous learning, accountability, and teamwork.
Service: Demonstrates competence in customer/patient focus and adaptability.
Justice: Demonstrates competence in community orientation and stewardship.
Essential Functions: • Performs basic and complex polysomnographic procedures, such as baseline polysomnography, nasal CPAP/Bi-PAP titration and multiple sleep latency tests (MSLT) and ASV as defined in department policy and procedure. • Implements therapeutic procedures such as nasal CPAP and supplemental oxygen administration, and works with patients to ensure CPAP compliance. • Applies electrodes and recording devices as defined in departmental policy and procedures and ensure artifact-free recording. • Completes procedural and computer documentation as outlined in departmental policy/procedure and obtains/records an appropriate patient history. • Prepares entire test for physician interpretation, including stage scoring using Rechtschaffen & Kales criteria and pathology scoring standard guidelines as defined in department policy and procedure. • Prepares workplace for next night’s studies by cleaning/sterilizing equipment, maintaining equipment in a professional manner, storing/cleaning properly, and making up beds with clean linens.
Age-Related Competencies: • Human development knowledge/skills: Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served including knowledge of the principles of growth and development and psychosocial characteristics and interventions for age specific requirement of the assigned unit.
• Age-specific patient needs that employee is required to understand and meet: Demonstrates the ability to assess and interpret age appropriate data about the patient’s status in order to identify age-specific needs and provide the care needed.
• Additional requirements: Demonstrates age appropriate communication skills for the patient population served. Demonstrates knowledge of age-specific community resources.
Information Management: Treats all information and data within the scope of the position with complete confidentiality and security. Maintains all practices to protect PHI and follow HIPAA guidelines.
Risk Management: Cooperates fully in all risk management activities and investigations.
Safety Requirements: Is knowledgeable of, observes and complies with hospital Codes of Safe Practice, safety policies and emergency procedures.
Minimum Position Qualifications:
Education: • High school diploma or equivalent required. • AA Degree in Polysomnography
Experience: Requires one (1) year prior experience as a polysomnographic technologist.
License/Certification: • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) in good standing with the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT). • Current BLS certification.
Computer Skills: Basic computer skills including Windows and an e-mail system.
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: • Good written and verbal communication skills. • Good interpersonal skills. • Good organizational skills and attention to detail.
Preferred Position Qualifications:
Experience: Two (2) Plus years prior experience as a polysomnographic technologist highly desirable
Other: • Membership in Association of Polysomnography Technologist (APT) or American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
Additional Salary Information: $1,500 sign on bonus offered
About St. Joseph Heritage Health, Mission Heritage Medical Group, Mission Sleep Disorders Institute
St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare (SJHH) is one of California's most respected medical groups. With over 3,000 employees and 75 locations throughout California, including, Northern California, Orange County, High Desert and Los Angeles County, SJHH has been continually recognized as a leader in quality, customer service and information technology. This kind of success is the result of team work, a co...mmitment to excellence and a strong adherence to the organization's mission, vision and values.
St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare (SJHH) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare (SJHH) complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Mission Sleep Disorders Institute is the only accredited Sleep disorders Center in South Orange County and has been accredited since 1996. The center is staffed by Registered Polysomnographic Technologists who are devoted to the field of sleep medicine.
Dr. Tammelin, M.D. F.C.C.P. Diplomate American Board of Sleep Medicine has practiced Sleep Medicine since 1980. He is available for consultation for both inpatient and outpatients with sleep related complaints. He is fortunate to be associated with Board Certified Sleep specialists who are specialists in Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry.
The Institute evaluates and treats Adults, Adolescents and Children with sleep disorders including: Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Periodic Limb Movements, Narcolepsy and a variety of other unusual sleep disorders. Tempur-Pedic beds in our lab provide a comfortable sleep away from home. Our services include:
Sleep Consultations - Individual evaluation with a Board Certified Sleep Specialist.
Polysomnography (PSG) - An overnight sleep study in which sleep stages and breathing are monitored.
CPAP Titration Study (CPAP/BIPAP) - Treatment for Sleep Apnea.
MSLT Study - Daytime test that evaluates daytime sleepiness and is a rule-out for Narcolepsy.
MWT Study - Measure the ability of a person to stay awake.
Pulse Oximetry Screening - Overnight Monitoring of SaO2 and pulse which is done at home.