The incumbent is a Medical Instrument Technician (MIT) -Sleep Technician is under the general supervision of Lead Polysomnograhicer, the Chief, Pulmonary Section and reports directly to the Chief, Respiratory Therapy.
The Sleep Tech conducts a variety of polysomnography tests: Nocturnal Polysomnography (NPSGs), Split Night Studies, Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), Positive Airway Pressure Titration (PAP), Actigraphy, Upper Airway Pressure Monitoring, Oxygen Titration and Portable Studies.
As Sleep Technician, is involved with direct patient care.
Work Schedule: 8:00 pm to 6:00 am, however schedules may vary Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.
Functional Statement Title/#: Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography/Sleep Tech) GS-0649
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.
English Language Proficiency.
No person will be appointed under authority of 38U.S.C. chapter 73 or 74, to serve in a direct patient-care capacity in VHA whois not proficient in written and spoken English.
Preferred Experience: Basic Life Support certifications are desirable.
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.
Grade Determinations: GS-8 Experience.
You must have 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 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: Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.
Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form.
Knowledge of event characteristics(e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action.
Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians.
References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27, Polysomnography Technician; June 7, 2012 for qualification standards The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-4.
Physical Requirements: Duties regularly require providing manual assistance in lifting and positioning patients, many of whom are in varying stages of consciousness.
There are extensive periods of regular and recurring standing, walking, bending, lifting, pushing, reaching, and prolonged stretching to provide easy accessibility of instruments and supplies for the physician.
The MIT must be dexterous in passing instruments to physicians and in a manner requiring little or no effort from the physician.
Will be required to use personal protective equipment (gloves,mask,gown,shoe covers) while assisting procedures and reprocessing equipment.