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Houston Methodist Polysomnographic Technologist Senior in Houston, Texas

JOB SUMMARY

At Houston Methodist, the Sr Polysomnographic Technologist position is an experienced and fully competent Polysomnographic Technologist who works under the general supervision of clinical/medical director or designee to provide for comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders. This position performs advanced duties including the scoring of sleep studies and preparation of preliminary report for physician interpretation, completing the process for the final report once signed off by the physician. The Sr Polysomnographic Technologist position conducts sleep studies, including advanced and complex procedures, performing polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services and participates in quality improvement initiatives, developing and teaching in-services/programs for others, serves as a mentor and resource to Polysomnographic Technologist and students by utilizing skills and knowledge to help train and achieve optimum performance levels. This position works independently exercising sound judgment and executing above average clinical skills on challenging procedures and patient care situations, delivering exceptional patient care and adhering to standards and guidelines established by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT), American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and Houston Methodist to ensure optimal patient safety and customer service.

PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED

Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.

HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS

  • Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

  • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.

  • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.

  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.

  • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.

  • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

  • Focuses on patient/customer safety

  • Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards

  • Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)

  • Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met

  • Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports byenabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

PEOPLE - 20%

  • Promotes a positive work environment and dynamic, team-focused work unit that actively helps one other to achieve optimal department results. Responds positively to requests for assistance. Practices in a manner that is congruent with cultural diversity and inclusion principles. (EF)

  • Guides and mentors other Polysomnographic Technologists and students to help build confidence in skills, knowledge and abilities. Teaches, orients and precepts new technologists. Offers guidance to interprofessional health care team, when appropriate, and applies feedback to improve patient outcomes, reporting pertinent patient care information and data in a comprehensive manner. (EF)

  • Facilitates open, professional (verbal, nonverbal, written) communication to achieve mutual understanding, role modeling by example. Communication to promote both work efforts and problem resolution is clear and professional, providing the highest quality service during every customer and patient encounter. Uses peer-to-peer accountability towards improvement of department score for turnover/retention/employee engagement. (EF)

SERVICE - 30%

  • Serves as the primary person for performing all procedures related to sleep studies including diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, Multiple Sleep Latency Testing (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), Parasomnia studies, Pulmonary Artery Pressure (PAP) and oxygen titration, etc. Ensures collection of appropriate data and in accordance with established protocols and policies and procedures. (EF)

  • Performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions; analyzing complex situations, taking appropriate actions. (EF)

  • Educates patients in sleep study procedures, responding to questions and ensuring all paperwork and consent forms are completed. Consistently evaluates the patient's comprehension and adapts teaching methods accordingly. (EF)

  • Coordinates various activities within the polysomnography department and assumes other duties, in the absence of a team lead or as assigned. Serves as a resource for department-related needs such as: specialty equipment or software implementation. Role models accountability and contributes towards improving department score for patient satisfaction. (EF)

QUALITY/SAFETY - 30%

  • Performs polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Establishes and documents baseline values, observations, sleep stages, clinical events, position changes and other significant events. Verifies integrity of collected data and completes the data collection process, e.g., repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the patient on completing questionnaires, etc. (EF)

  • Troubleshoots, calibrates and performs preventive maintenance and quality control on all equipment per department guidelines, documenting activities. Evaluates sleep study related equipment, reporting and documenting malfunctions. Consults with leadership regarding technical issues. (EF)

  • Scores sleep studies including Home Sleep Studies according to guidelines established by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and department policies and procedures. Prepares the preliminary detailed polysomnographic report for physician interpretation and completes the process for the final report once physician sign-off accomplished. (EF)

  • Utilizes clinical judgement, using an analytical approach. Assists with implementation and teaching of department-based safety initiatives and standards of practice. Reports "near misses" and inputs errors promptly into Patient Safety Net to improve processes. Identifies trends and opportunities for corrective action and process improvement, providing recommendations. Contributes to meeting department and hospital targets for quality and safety. (EF)

FINANCE - 10%

  • Accurately documents all patient care and polysomnography-related activities and procedures in the appropriate documentation system. Enters charges at the time service is delivered. (EF)

  • Evaluates and reports on inventory levels. Uses resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritize daily tasks, optimizing efficiency and other areas according to department specifications.

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%

  • Identifies and presents areas for innovation, efficiency and improvement for department projects and shared governance activities. Participates in one or more department committees or subcommittees and facilitates the accomplishment of the goals of the committee or subcommittee. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies with a focus on continual development as a Respiratory Care Practitioner. Completes and updates the individual development plan (IDP) on an on-going basis. (EF)

  • Fosters a positive and constructive teaching environment by engaging students and co-workers in learning opportunities that are valuable and in alignment with business objectives. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Graduate of education program approved by the credentialing body for the required credential(s) indicated below in the Certifications, Licenses and Registrations section.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Three years experience as a Polysomnographic Technologist in a Sleep Disorders laboratory/center

CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED

  • Must have one of the following:

  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (BRPT

  • Sleep Disorders Specialist (RRT-SDS) from the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)

  • American Heart Association Basic Life Support

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations

  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security

  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles

  • Possesses competent computer knowledge; operates multiple computer systems to include, Hospital / Sleep Study Information Systems and Office software to maintain patient and exam documents

  • Ability to work independently; capable of handling challenging/difficult procedures and patient care situations;

  • Demonstrates sound judgment and executes above average clinical skills

  • Exhibits strong interpersonal and team player skills with all levels of the healthcare team and assures delivery of excellent customer service to all patients, visitors, physicians and co-workers

  • Adapts to multiple ongoing priorities with minimal supervision including, organizing work flow and actively participating in problem-solving and excellent time management skills

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Work AttireYes/No

UniformNo

ScrubsYes

Business professionalNo

Other (dept approved)Yes

On-Call* No

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.

Travel**

May require travel withinYes

Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outsideNo

of Houston Metropolitan area

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: ________

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital opened in December 2000 to serve the comprehensive health care needs of the growing community in Northwest Houston. The 310 bed hospital has 23 operating rooms, and more than 2,100 employees. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has been named a Magnet recognized health care facility by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital is Northwest Houston's regional leader in robotic minimally-invasive surgeries and specializes in cardiology and cardiovascular services, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and comprehensive cancer services. Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital has a Breast Care Center, Cancer Center, Imaging Center, Infusion Center, Sleep Center, Surgical Weight Loss Center and operates the largest Childbirth Center in the greater Northwest Houston area.

Street: 18220 State Highway 249

Regular Shift: 3rd - Night

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