The primary responsibility of the MIT (Polysomnography) at this level is to receive requests and/or instructions for procedures and conducts diagnostic studies as ordered by the VA Providers. The MIT (Polysomnography) will be expected to provide education the patient on proper technique to ensure optimal test results. 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. Licensure or Certification. No certification or registration is required. Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications are also desirable for employees at this level. English Language Proficiency: Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English May qualify based on being covered by the Grandfathering Provision as described in the VA Qualification Standard for this occupation (only applicable to current VHA employees who are in this occupation and meet the criteria). Grade Determinations: At least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-7) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled. This would be experience which provide a knowledge of the more complex procedures as well as knowledge of sleep disorders. Examples of experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level include, but are not limited to: performs a full range of standard, but complex, polysomnography examinations with responsibility for properly and accurately calibrating all instruments prior to the beginning of the PSG tracing and selection of appropriate electrode montages and sensitivity and filter settings to elicit the best possible tracings. They independently determine the need for CPAP during all night sleep studies for sleep apnea. They may administer nerve conduction velocity tests. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:1. Advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.2. Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative from.3. Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action.4. Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians. Assignment. This represents the full performance level. 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 grade technicians. Preferred Experience: Certified polysomnographer References: VA Handbook 5005/15, Part II, Appendix G27, Polysomnography The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. Physical Requirements: Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography) functional requirements: light lifting (under 15 lbs.); Light carrying (under 15 lbs.); Reaching above shoulders; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 1 hour); Standing (up to 2 hours); kneeling (up to 1 hour); Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted); and emotional stability. ["The primary responsibility of the MIT (Polysomnography) at this level is to receive requests and/or instructions for procedures and conducts diagnostic studies as ordered by the VA Providers. The MIT (Polysomnography) will be expected to provide education the patient on proper technique to ensure optimal test results. Other duties include but are not limited to cross -training to at least one other area of the Pulmonary and Critical Care and cross training other staff to the Sleep Lab. All members of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Section must embody the VA customer service value of \"Putting the Veteran First.\" Work Schedule: Sunday - Wednesday 8:00 pm - 06:00 am MST\nPermanent Change of Station (PCS): Not authorized.\nPCS Appraised Value Offer (AVO): Not Authorized\nFinancial Disclosure Report: Not required"]
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