The Sleep Technician II performs all types of sleep disorder testing, including set-up and performance of nocturnal polysomnograms (NPSGs) for research purposes in adult populations. This individual should demonstrate knowledge of polysomnography, Multiple Sleep Latency Tests (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Testing (MWT), oximetry and administration of supplemental O2, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP and/or Bilevel PAP) studies, and the basics of Sleep Medicine, and recognizes cardiac arrhythmia.
Friendly and respectful demeanor with superb communication skills is highly desired. The candidate should understand the unusual nature of shift work and take steps to maintain a sleep/wake schedule that allows for optimal functioning. Ideal candidates are both flexible and reliable, and committed to the further education and development of him/herself and co-workers.
Prepares and calibrates equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments, if necessary.
Performs appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments, if necessary.
Performs polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free and make adjustments, if necessary.
Can interpret EEG signals and recognize AASM-defined sleep stages in real time to enact stage-specific interventions
Documents routine observations, including sleep stages and clinical events, changes in procedure, and other significant events in order to facilitate scoring and interpretation of polysomnographic results.
Hands-on training will be provided to enable research-specific requirements including:
Administration and troubleshooting of spatial navigational memory testing via a 3D first-person-experience computer interface before and after sleep
Administration and troubleshooting of psychomotor vigilance (reaction time) testing before and after sleep
CPAP pressure manipulation, oxygen initiation/termination, and auditory stimulus presentation over the course of the night in a sleep-stage specific manner
Research sleep technicians are required to obtain and maintain Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) certification
Additional Salary Information: salary based on prior experience and certification