Who are we looking for?
Our team in Kamloops is currently seeking a relief full time Polysomnography Technologist to join their team at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, BC until Sept 5, 2023, or until return of incumbent.
If you are a healthcare professional with experience in the Sleep Lab, then this might be a fit for you!
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About the Role
The Polysomnography Technologist is required to produce quality overnight sleep recordings of patients. This includes collecting information, patient data and patient history, preparing recordings for interpretation and writing reports.
Typical duties and responsibilities include:
• Receives and prepares patients for polysomnographic studies by performing duties such as receiving requisitions from physicians, reviewing case history and assessing the nature of the problems to determine process and direct study accordingly. Prepares patients for studies by receiving and interviewing patient or family for pertinent medical history, explaining procedures, connecting patients to a variety of monitor devices, and monitoring patient's comfort to ensure patient is at ease while obtaining required results.
• Conducts various polysomnographic related tests involving noninvasive techniques such as electroencephalography, eletrooculography, electromyography, electrocardiography, noninvasive ventilation (CPAP and BiPAP), multiple sleep latency and respiratory tracings on patients by performing duties such as operating a variety of monitoring devices required for sleep studies, calibrating and adjusting the equipment during test processes, taking appropriate measurements from test data produced in order to demonstrate whether abnormalities exist, and ensuring that the data generated is processed to provide computerized written and graphic reports.
• Surveillance of patients during the polysomnographic study for crises intervention by methods such as observing and responding in the event of cardiac arrest or other emergency situations by methods such as initiating cardiopulmonary resuscitation and informing designated staff of emergency situations in accordance with established policies and procedures.
• Formulates preliminary polysomnographic study reports to facilitate the identification of dysfunction in sleep/wake cycles, the diagnosis of breathing disorders during sleep, and the evaluation of treatment of these disorders by performing duties such as analyzing recordings according to accreditation standards, measuring numerical data, describing abnormal manifestations and other observations, and forwarding calculations/reports to physicians for use in clinical diagnosis.
• Maintains, monitors, and tests the integrity of laboratory equipment in accordance with recommended manufacturer’s guidelines to ensure safe and effective functioning through methods such as calibrating and cleaning equipment, running diagnostic applications and recording results as well as identifying malfunctioning equipment for repair. Notifies Professional Practice Leader or designate of identified repairs/issues for determination of appropriate action.
• Assists with scheduling appointments and prioritizes by clinical urgency, as required.
• Participates in quality control programs by performing duties such as identifying and troubleshooting problems and independently resolving technical difficulties in order to ensure quality service standards.
• Maintains a variety of records including patient files through methods such as gathering information, entering data into computerized databases and/or recording information into approved formats, coding and manipulating databases to generate reports, compiling statistics including analyzing trends and accounting for variances, and summarizing information into written reports as requested.
• Guides clinical experience of assigned new staff and students by monitoring progress, ensuring policies and procedures are respected; provides input to the Professional Practice Leader as requested on individual’s progress in achieving established clinical practice guidelines and standards of practice. Demonstrates technical procedures, usage of equipment, and interpretation of tests to staff including medical residents and students.
• Participates in team activities required to ensure an efficient and effective delivery of service through methods such as attending departmental in-service programs and meetings including goal setting and planning and new initiatives, reviewing current literature, consulting with other healthcare professionals, promoting quality management principles for team operations, and making recommendations regarding modifications and development of procedures, operating standards, and polysomnographic resource materials. Identifies and reports unsafe practices/professional conduct in accordance with professional standards and the organization's policies.
• Participates on designated program and professional committees/teams through methods such as attending meetings, drafting/revising client care documentation/methods/forms for review by committee/team and providing written/verbal input to promote improvements to client and family care, and the efficient and safe operation of the sleep laboratory.
• Participates in approved interdisciplinary research and special projects in collaboration with the Professional Practice Leader and other healthcare professionals, through methods such as collecting data, summarizing information, and/or providing verbal updates for review and further analysis by principal researcher, research team and/or project coordinator.
• Sets measurable goals and objectives within a team or individual environment, incorporating the organization's visions and values, goals and corporate plan, through methods such as maintaining and updating own knowledge of clinical and professional development within area of practice, and developing the plan in collaboration with Professional Practice Leader and Manager for professional development; reviews progress to ensure that goals are achieved within established time frames.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.
If you are passionate about making a difference, apply today and join our talented and committed team in Kamloops!
Education, Training, and Experience:
Diploma in a healthcare discipline such as Respiratory Therapy, Nursing, or Electro-Neurophysiology Technology from an accredited institution. Eligible for certification/registration as appropriate with provincial and national certification and registration bodies. A minimum of one year recent, related experience in polysomnography or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Registration as a Polysomnography Technologist with the Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologists (BRPT).
Skills and Abilities:
Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.
Knowledge Integration: Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and the members of the interdisciplinary team using, oral written and computer communication means. Demonstrated ability to effectively resolve conflict.
Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team, supervises responsibilities of others, and collaborates across disciplines.
Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement, and risk-taking. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovations, implementation of IH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
Equipment: Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Meditech and Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
This posting is covered by the Provincial Health Officer’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination orders and selected applicant(s) must comply.
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