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Student Neurodiagnostic Tech

  • Job ID: 207509747
  • Status: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours:
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Department: Nurse Unit 6E-Epilepsy
  • Location: 4401 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15224
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $15.97 to $25.15 / hour

Description

UPMC Children's Hospital is hiring a full-time Student Neurodiagnostic Technician.

Purpose:
Perform EEG procedures to established guidelines, assess conditions and abnormalities affecting the EEG, and maintain/manage EEG equipment function under the supervision of senior EEG instructor/technologists, EEG Medical Director, and Program Manager Neurology, learns to prepare patients of all ages/mental status for EEG procedures. Learn to perform these procedures in the EEG Lab, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, at the patient's bedside, ER, and in the critical care areas.

Responsibilities:
  • Learn to perform EEG's utilizing digital EEG equipment. Learn to calibrate, evaluate function, adjust instrument settings to proper technical standards, and troubleshoot EEG equipment.
  • Learn to recognize, monitor, and/or eliminate EEG artifact, such as high impedance leads, muscle artifact, eye movements, respiration artifact and EKG, in order to obtain an adequate EEG recording.
  • Learn routine video EEG monitoring procedures, and procedures for surgical evaluation of patients with seizures.
  • Learn to prepare a proper EEG Tech Worksheet, including a technical description of the EEG, with emphasis on clinical observation, in order to assist the Electroencephalographer with final interpretation. .
  • Learn to implement alternative montages and instrument settings in order to better define artifact, normal variants, and EEG abnormalities.
  • Learn to properly assess clinical seizures, follow seizure testing methods, and implement protocols for seizure intervention and first aid.
  • Learn to obtain an accurate and concise patient history. Note pertinent information such as seizure type, date of last seizure, other neurologic symptoms, and medications taken by patients.
  • Take and pass periodic written/oral exams administered by the EEG instructor.
  • * Support the departmental goals of quality care, system improvement, and cost containment by contributing to the successful implementation of recommended changes, cost awareness and fiscal responsibility
  • Learns to remove electrodes from patient's scalp paying attention to cleanliness and hygiene, and proper technique for cleaning, storage, and sterilization of EEG electrodes.
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and the ability to perform testing on a wide variety and age range of patients.
  • Learn to properly record EEG activity on standard montages. Document all pertinent instrument settings and clinical observations.
  • Attend annual Hospital and departmental fire/safety and infection control training and maintain current knowledge of safety procedures within the Hospital and department.
  • Learn to measure and apply EEG electrodes using the International 10-20 System of Electrode Placement, in an accurate and efficient manner on patients of all ages and mental status, with varying degrees of co-operation. Learn to test the integrity of the applied electrodes via impedance testing.
  • Improve and/or support others in improving the health and well-being of all patients through excellence in patient care, teaching and research.
  • Learn to perform routine activation procedures such as hyperventilation and photic stimulation, and when these procedures are contraindicated.
  • Learn various medical and pharmacologic conditions which influence the EEG. Learn the clinical correlation of abnormal EEG patterns with various disease states.
  • Learn about EEG procedures and how to explain the procedure to patient and caregiver in a clear, concise manner. Able to do so on an age/mental status appropriate level.
  • Learn to maintain equipment cleanliness, bi-weekly preventive maintenance procedures, and proper reporting of hardware/software problem to senior staff.
  • Learn anatomy and physiology of the nervous system as it pertains to EEG testing. Learn medical terminology used in EEG/Neurology.
  • Learn to recognize normal EEG patterns and variants, and abnormal patterns for all ages.
  • Review all EEG's with senior technologists. Utilize feedback from procedures performed to improve the quality of future EEG's performed.

Qualifications

  • Completion of High school diploma or GED required. 
  • Associates or Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Six months of patient care/health care or EEG experience preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • 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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