Job Title: Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography)
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Healthcare, Practitioner and Technician, Information Technology, Medical
Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography)
Basic Requirements: United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy. English Language Proficiency: Must be proficient in both spoken and written English. Education: There are no specific educational requirements for this occupation. Education may be substituted for experience only at the GS-04 and GS-05 levels. Licensure or Certification: Licensure or Certification is not required for this occupation; however, it is strongly desirable at GS-6 or above as evidence of possession of the essential knowledge, skills, and abilities. Grade Determinations: GS-08: Experience: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-07) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the positions to be filled. This would be experience which provided a knowledge of the more complex procedures as well as knowledge of the uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders. At this level Polysomnographic Technicians are able to interact fully with the patient and physician to diagnose sleep disorders including those that are uncommon or rare. They are able to conduct full sleep studies including overnight studies and evaluate the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occurring during sleep. They anticipate problems likely to occur during the sleep study and prepare for such situations, make changes in established procedures, or recommend alternative courses of action. They are able to mentor lower graded technicians. Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders. Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form. Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action. Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians. Preferred Experience: Registered Polysomnographic Technologist certification strongly preferred. Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support certifications are desirable. Training which does not result in official certification does not meet this definition. References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography) The full performance level of this vacancy is 8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is 8. Physical Requirements: The work requires occasional physical exertion when lifting and positioning patients and equipment for maximal accuracy and patient safety. Requires regular and extensive periods of walking and standing. Requires bending and stooping.