Mercy Health

  • Reg Polysomnographic Tech

    Requisition ID
    Support Services
    Position Type
    Days, Evenings, Nights, Weekends
    Sleep Medicine
  • Overview

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    We’re a Little Different


    Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.  


    We don’t believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.


    At Mercy, you’ll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We’re a team and love working that way. That team is expanding, and we currently have exceptional opportunities to help our communities grow.


    Responsibilities and Qualifications


    The Registered Polysomnographic Technologist performs and processes Sleep Studies on adult and pediatric patients typically greater than five years of age. This individual collects relevant clinical history pertinent to test interpretation, sets up and calibrates instrumentation, prepares the patient, and subsequently performs the sleep monitoring procedure. Also performs collected data “scoring” and subsequent computer processing in preparation for physician interpretation of the sleep study.



    - Calibrates PSG recording systems and oximeters, insuring equipment is operating appropriately prior to use. Appropriately documents instrument calibrations.
    - Prepares patients effectively and efficiently for subsequent multi-parameter physiographic sleep monitoring.
    - Insures electrode placements are correct and impedances are acceptable.
    - Verifies technical adequacy of EEG, EMG, EOG, EKG, airflow, respiratory effort, O2 saturation, and other physiologic signals being recorded. Appropriately documents bio-calibrations.
    - Identifies artifact and is effective at resolving source of artifact whenever possible. Documents steps taken to resolve such. Uses frequency filters appropriately and not excessively.
    - Is aware of recent and past medical history of the patient, and of possible complications that might arise during the study. Appropriately reviews and applies directives for the Sleep Study.

    - Has acquired operation knowledge of polysomnographic instrumentation. Correctly applies and adjusts instrument settings including sensitivity, HFF, TC/LFF, and recording speed.
    - Correctly uses accessories, including strain gauges, thermistors, disc electrodes, O2 saturation sensors, snore sensors, etc.
    - Reports and documents any equipment malfunctions, and discontinues use of such equipment until repairs are completed.

    - Demonstrates knowledge of pathologic sleep disordered states, including specific information discernible by polysomnographic testing.
    - Observes and records physiologic changes throughout the procedure, being alert to any events requiring intervention (ex: prolonged apnea that requires patient stimulation, etc.).
    - Recognizes normal versus abnormal physiographic patterns recorded during the sleep study, and understands physiologic basis of abnormal pathology.
    - Uses time well to perform on-line scoring. Appropriately identifies and tabulates events for possible qualifying patients for next morning CPAP setup or needed MSLT testing.

    - Displays effective communication skills with our patients and visitors. Shows ability to put patients at ease, offers to help them achieve comfort and privacy, and provides clear and simple information. Shows good focus and effort on customer service at many levels.
    - Understands and appropriately applies safety and infection control measures.
    - Cleans and stores equipment and supplies after usage. Organizes patient rooms before and after Sleep Studies are performed. Maintains central monitoring room & equipment cleaning room in a clean and organized state.

    - Performs special polysomnographic testing procedure of multiple sleep latency testing.
    - Performs special polysomnographic testing procedure of MWT – maintenance of wakefulness test.
    - Competently scores adult and pediatric (greater than 5 years of age) sleep studies using nationally standardized scoring techniques. Shows good efficiency in scoring multiple studies.
    - Performs Sleep Clinic pre-PSG patient acclimation tours. Provides appropriate education measures and documents such. Provides appropriate written PSG directives.
    - Writes competent and thorough reports immediately following completion of test procedures.
    - Assist lab operations to maintain JCAHO inspection readiness.
    Contributes to CQI and Customer Service Initiative projects whenever possible to do such.

    - Interacts and communicates well with coworkers and other hospital staff. Is a good team player including exhibiting good teamwork to our patients and staff.
    - Attends 50% of staff meetings. Contributes to departmental CQI and customer service initiatives when possible.
    - Follows corporate compliance policies / procedures. Is knowledgeable of and adheres to HIPPA regulations.

    Wears proper personal protective equipment when appropriate. Observes universal precautions consistently. Wears clothing and Health System badge consistent with dress code, and attends to personal hygiene to maintain a clean, well-groomedappearance. Meets Health System attendance standards. Performs related duties as assigned.




    Each career at Mercy represents unique members of our caring ministry’s “body”, working together for the health and strength of the whole. To achieve our goals, we need all the parts functioning at their best and this requires the specific qualifications that you’ll bring with you:


    Education: High school diploma or equivalent required, + college level biological science coursework or degree is preferred.
    Experience: Minimum of (1) year FTE sleep lab experience, including completion of a minimum of (100) sleep studies.
    Certifications: American Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist’s Registry BLS Certification required within 90 days of hire.




    We’ll Support You at Work and Home


    Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a “top 100 places to work.” We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed. We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, and employer-matched retirement funds, even to part-time employees. We’re proud to provide tuition reimbursement to help you grow and learn new skills.


    What Makes a Good Match for Mercy


    Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision. We’re also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care – that’s just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.

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