Job Description

Job Title: Assoc. Surg Neurophysiologist
Job ID: 723773
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours:
Shift: Day Job
Facility: UPMC Community Provider Svcs
Department: IOM-Susquehanna
Location: 700 High Street, Williamsport PA 17701

Description

Purpose:
Under the general supervision of a supervisor or the neurophysiologist on call, but according to established procedures, performs transcranial doppler tests, cerebral blood flow, cerebral oximetry, multiple modality evoked potentials, EEGs and EMGs on patients in the ICU, Operating Room and Diagnostic Lab. Performs duties and responsibilities according to the philosophy and standards of the UPMC Health System, including conveying courtesy, respect, enthusiasm and positive attitudes in work situations with patients, peers, medical staff and visitors; assists other staff members and hospital personnel in completion of needed tasks; makes patient care and/or interdepartmental service the number one priority.

Responsibilities:
  • Ability to adapt to change in the work environment, manage competing demands and deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events. Service minded; drive to provide best care and service for patient and surgical team.
  • Ability to recognize real-time changes in data and report changes to the oversight clinical neurophysiologist.
  • Able to recognize discrepancies between patient�s ordered testing and their diagnosis. Participate in all department specific mandatory training. Ability to participate in hospital in-service programs, professional meetings and seminars. Continually advance skills set by reading books, professional journals, and online training materials
  • Acquire basic knowledge of the following; normal brain anatomy and function, carious medication and anesthetic agents used during monitoring procedures.
  • Apply suitable electrodes on predetermined measured positions on the patient's head, trunk, and extremities. Select predetermined electrode combination; check their performance as well as adjusting for non-standard montages as needed.
  • Collaborate with anesthesia team regarding optimum delivery of anesthetic based on clinical assessment and document requested modalities.
  • Communicate with attending physician in a timely manner determining a plan for which modalities to be performed to procedure. Document any request made by surgeon according to departmental policy.
  • Complete all necessary electronic workflow in accordance with the departmental policies ensuring all data is secure and accessible post-operatively. Record relevant patient history and review with the oversight clinical neurophysiologist.
  • Display and label waveforms for marking, measuring and calculating information such as latencies, amplitudes, and conduction times following established guidelines and protocols.
  • Exercise judgment during testing or intraoperative monitoring for the need of the oversight clinical neurophysiologist or physician�s intervention.
  • Keep labs fully supplied, all work-stations clean and all equipment in working order. Provide hard copy reports to requesting physician for interpretation in addition to plotting samples when needed.
  • Monitor other physiological parameters during testing as described in the departmental policy
  • Obtain standard recordings, report findings to the oversight clinical neurophysiologist.
  • Operate the equipment per departmental policy to obtain optimal results as we all learning to detect instrument malfunctions and make minor adjustments to keep in operating condition.
  • Perform all necessary troubleshooting in situations of suboptimal results prior to and during any diagnostic testing procedure or intraoperative procedure.
  • Perform portable testing, particularly evoked potentials in the intensive care unit and the operating room with only telemedicine supervision while maintaining the maximum safety for patients.
  • Recognize artifacts; differentiate them from evoked potential patterns and take appropriate steps to eliminate them.
  • Transport equipment between facilities in a safe and secure manner. Prepare/setup testing carts within departmental guidelines ensuring equipment and patient�s safety is taken into consideration
  • Understand thoroughly various disease states and factors that relate to them, various medication effects, clinical changes or complications to ensure high technical quality.

Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree, OR High School and 4 years of Neurophysiologic Intra-Operative Monitoring (NIOM) experience required

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire. Must be Registry eligible upon hire and obtain certification within two years of hire- Am Board Reg END Technologists

  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Automotive Insurance
  • Basic Life Support
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Driver's License

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $17.11 to $28.43

Union Position: No

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