The incumbent will be assigned as a Medical instrument technician (Polysomnography) and will be under Medicine service. Responsible for testing patients in the Sleep Lab and performing polysomnographic testing and a wide variety of other duties related to the evaluation and treatment of patients with known or suspected sleep disorder in various areas of the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System. Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. Education: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-4 and GS-5 levels. See the grade requirements part of this standard for information regarding educational substitutions. Licensure or Certification. Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. English Language Proficiency. Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English GS-8 (a) Experience. At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided a knowledge of the more complex procedures as well as knowledge of the uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs: (b) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities1. Advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.2. Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form.3. Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action.4. Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians. (c) Certification. No certification or registration is required. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level. (d) Assignment. This represents the full performance level. At this level Polysomnographic Technicians are able to interact fully with the patient and physician to diagnose sleep disorders including those that are uncommon or rare. They are able to conduct full sleep studies including overnight studies and evaluate the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occurring during sleep. They anticipate problems likely to occur during the sleep study and prepare for such situations, make changes in established procedures, or recommend alternative courses of action. They are able to mentor lower graded technicians. References: VA HANDBOOK 5005/15 PART II APPENDIX G27 The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-08. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-06 to GS-08 . Physical Requirements: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk; sit; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. ["Incumbent will stimulate innovative improvements in patient care through demonstrating expertise as a practitioner, particularly addressing the care administered to patients with sleep disorders as assigned by the Chief of Pulmonary Medicine. The incumbent assists in the process of consult management for consult services and procedures associated with the Pulmonary Medicine Section. Major duties include but are not limited to the following: The technician independently operates and monitors neurodiagnostic equipment in the Sleep Lab; performs a full range of standard, but complex examinations including overnight sleep studies, MSLT, and PAP. The technician will understand the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occurring during sleep. The technician will operate computerized polysomnographs for recording continuous all night physiological data including EEG, EOG, EKG, EMG and respiratory parameters. Prepare and calibrate equipment required for resting to determine proper functioning. Document routing observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results. Maintain adequately stocked procedure rooms. Notifies patients of needed follow-up visits. Forward consults to appropriate service when indicated. Prepare summary of test results, workload reports, and related documents. Use universal precautions and sterilization techniques and ability to follow DCD guidelines in cleaning equipment. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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