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Neurology Technician

  • Job ID: 000013108
  • Status: Part-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: Days with rotation
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Altoona
  • Department: Neurology
  • Location: , Altoona PA
  • Union Position: Yes
  • Salary Range: $0 / hour

Description

Neurology Technician
.6 part-time Days with rotation
Neurology Department
AFSCME position
Union Posting Date: 8/10/2020

Purpose:

Performs diagnostic neurological testing for subsequent interpretation by a neurologist.

Responsibilities:
  • Prepares and assists with EMG and NCV.
  • Administers medication when indicated for proper completion of departmental testing. (Licensed Practical Nurses approved for administration of medications according to hospital guidelines.)
  • EEG Responsibilities:
    • Performs chart review prior to patient testing
    • Prepares patient for testing by explaining test, applying electrodes and assuring patient comfort.
    • Performs EEG and Evoke Potential Testing, adjusting patient and/or electrode positioning to obtain quality studies.  
    • Provides preliminary patient test results to physician or nursing unit
    • Recognizes an emergency and communicates utilizing the critical values list.
    • Receives/Records telephone EEG's
    • Communicates with transmitting hospital and provides instruction during telephone EEG
    • Generates appropriate documentation
  • Polysomnography Responsibilities:
    • Performs physiological calibrations, verifies patient maneuvers, institutes lights out records and monitors collection of patient data.
    • Recognizes and records clinical and physiological events, notes and corrects equipment malfunctions.
    • Alters patient's environment, monitors and changes patient's body position as needed to obtain the required sleep/wake data.
    • Carefully wakes patients and records post test calibrations.
    • Removes electrodes and transducers and assists patient with monitoring care as needed.
    • Has knowledge or actually scores polysomnograms and is able to generate reports summarizing sleep/wake periods, REM episodes, arousal analysis, EEG phenomena, cardiac events, respiratory events, limb movements, and other physiological events according to current guidelines.
    • Understands indications, contraindications and adverse effects of nasal continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure (NCPAP and bi-level ventilation) and oxygen administration
    • Applies and titrates therapy based on physician order and established protocols
    • Working on completing A-Step program as outlined in Accredidation Standards.
    • Participates in daily duties in Sleep Clinic.
  • Regularly performs general office duties: scheduling patient's, maintains necessary records, proof reading and processing of reports, and completes monthly report as needed.
  • Complies with universal infection control procedures
  • Properly disinfects and sterilizes appropriate electrodes, transducers and equipment
  • Appropriately handles hazardous materials according to MSDS
  • Participates in CPI process.
  • Checks availability and function of emergency equipment
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to patient's medical problems and physiological events, especially cardiac dysrhythmias, respiratory events and seizures
  • Assures that an adequate clinical history is available to correlate with the neurological study to be preformed. 
  • Regularly consults with others as necessary to obtain a complete clinical history.
  • Is able to safely lift and move patient without harm to patient or self.
  • Ensures safety and welfare of all patients, including those pediatric, psychiatric, and geriatric with special needs and any other patients with special needs
  • Polysomnography Responsibilities:
    • Demonstrates ability to use reasonable initiative and judgement in applying practice theories of sleep medicine
    • Reviews patient's record in light of protocols for studies ordered and recognizes main sleep/wake complaint 
    • Gathers information on patient's history and Bedtime Questionnaire to assess patient's current medications, recent caffeine or alcohol ingestion, current sleep pattern and need for treatment intervention during testing i.e. insulin
    • Contacts ordering physician or ISM medical director to clarify unclear or inappropriate orders and to communicate information about the patient's status
    • Sets up and calibrates monitoring equipment.
    • Measures and applies appropriate EEG electrodes using International 10-20 system.- Applies appropriate EKG (heart), EMG (muscle), and EOG (eye movement) monitoring electrodes- Places and securely attaches recording transducers to measure airflow, respiratory effort, oximetry and sometimes transcutaneous CO2.

Qualifications

  • Education and Formal Training Required:Current licensure by the Commonwealth of Pa. as a Licensed Practical Nurse or graduate of an EEG / EP school. (1 year training in an allied health field would be considered)
  • Certification in CPR 
  • Certification in dysrhythmia course
  • Ability to score polysomnographic (preferred)
  • Strongly encourage registration in Neurology or polysomnography.
  • Experience Required:5 years experience performing EEG's (preferred)
  • 5 years experience performing polysomnography testing (preferred)

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
CPR required based on AHA standards that include both a didactic and skills demonstration component within 30 days of hire

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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