- Job Title
- Polysomnographic Technologist
- Job ID
- Washington, DC
- Other Location
With over 150 years of caring for our community and each other in the Washington DC area, Howard University Hospital has a world-renowned reputation for high-quality, patient-centric care. Howard University Hospital is the nation’s only teaching hospital located on the campus of a Historically Black University and has created a superior learning environment, with groundbreaking research and positive patient outcomes.
Howard University Hospital seeks to hire a Polysomnographic Technologist who will embrace our reach and historic tradition of excellence. If you want to make a difference in someone’s life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference.
The candidate will:
- Reviews history, physical information, medications, and procedure request and study protocol.
- Completes and verifies documentation.
- Explains the procedure and orients the patient to the Sleep Center.
- Prepares and calibrates equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and making adjustments, if necessary.
- Applies electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.
- Performs appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments if necessary.
- Performs routine positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting.
- Follows procedural protocols such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP, and oxygen titration to ensure collection of appropriate data.
- Follows “lights out” procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.)
- Performs Polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments as necessary.
- Documents routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of Polysomnographic results.
- Implements appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and therapeutic intervention such as continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.)
- Follows “lights on” procedures to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data collection process (e.g. repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc.)
- Scoring sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
- Scoring clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movement, arousals, etc) with center specific protocols.
Qualified candidates will possess:
- Meets qualifications for licensure as a Polysomnography Technologist as defined by The District of Columbia Health Occupations Revisions Act of 1985, D.C Law 6-99, DC official code 3-1201.0
- Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
- Certification signed by a supervising polysomnographic technologist or a qualified medical doctor, on a form provided by the Board, verifying the completion of at least 50 sleep studies in one or more facilities that are provisionally or fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep
- Medicine (AASM).Must be able to stand, walk, sit, lift (up to 50lbs), bend, write, type, file, speak, hear, see, calculate, compare, edit, evaluate, interpret and organize for extended periods of time.
At Howard University Hospital our job is to care for you. We do this by offering:
- Work-life balance
- Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
- Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans offered (including health, disability, vacation, and sick leave and 403B retirement plan)
- 100% free tuition to attend Howard University for you and/or your dependent children
- Howard University Hospital requires all external applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment. External Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if offered, may elect to be vaccinated at a designated Howard University Hospital location
- Required Skills
• Meets qualifications for licensure as a Polysomnography Technologist as defined by The District of Columbia Health Occupations Revisions Act of 1985, D.C Law 6-99, DC official code 3-1201.0
• Current certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross
• Certification signed by a supervising polysomnographic technologist or a qualified medical doctor, on a form provided by the Board, verifying the completion of at least 50 sleep studies in one or more facilities that are provisionally or fully accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).