Sleep Tech Trainee
Billings Clinic

Billings, Montana

Posted in Health and Safety

Job Info

Under direct supervision of a sleep technologist, sleep trainee develops competency in and performs
basic sleep testing procedures and associated interventions.

Essential Job Functions

• Sleep Study Preparation and Set-Up:
• Reviews patient's history and verifies medical order.
• Verifies patient identification, collects documents, and obtains consent for sleep study.
• Explains procedure and orients patient for either in-lab or home sleep testing.
• Selects appropriate equipment and calibrates for testing to determine proper functioning and
makes adjustments, if necessary.
• Applies electrodes and sensors according to accepted publishing standards.
• Sleep Study Procedures:
• Follows a variety of standard procedural protocols for sleep disorders testing to ensure
collection of appropriate data.
• Performs appropriate physiological calibrations to ensure proper signals and makes requiredadjustments.
• Follows \"lights out\" procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body
position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc).
• Performs data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifactfree.
Identifies, corrects, and documents artifact.
• 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.
• Assists with appropriate interventions (including actions necessary for patient safety and
therapeutic intervention such as positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc).
• Follows \"lights on\" procedure to verify integrity of collected data and complete the data
collection process (e.g. repeats the physiological and instrument calibrations and instructs the
patient on completing questionnaires, and checks for completeness, etc).
• Demonstrates proficiency in recognizing sleep versus wake and identify clinical events while
monitoring sleep study patients.
• Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to perform portable monitoring equipment
preparation and data download.
• Performs patient education and instruction appropriate for home sleep studies.
• Demonstrates adherence to cleaning and disinfection procedures for portable monitoring
• Demonstrates ability to identify artifact, inadequate signals, and study failures in portable
• General Duties:
• Gains knowledge of sleep medicine, sleep disorders, and various sleep studies conducted by
Billings Clinic Sleep Lab.
• Assists with routine equipment care, maintenance, and inventory evaluation.
• Considers the appropriateness of care based on the population specific needs of the patient.
• Adheres to Sleep Lab policies related to quality assurance.
• Supports and models behaviors consistent with Billings Clinic's mission, vision, values, code of business
conduct and service expectations. Meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements.
Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental and outside agency standards as it relates to
the environment, employee, patient safety or job performance.
• Performs all other duties as assigned or as needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.
• Knowledge
• Ability to gain competency in and demonstrate polysomnographic skills in accordance with
Sleep Trainee scope of practice
• Analytical Skills
• Analytical skills necessary to facilitate patient care treatments and routine assessments
• Clinical Judgement
• Work is directly supervised by a Sleep Technologist and performed in accordance with Sleep
Trainee scope of practice and in accordance with established policies, procedures and
regulatory requirements
• Reports changes/problems to Sleep Technologist or Sleep Disorders Coordinator
• Interpersonal Skills
• Ability to incorporate population specific needs into all aspects of patient care and
• Ability to utilize and apply PSE skills
• Interpersonal skills which enable the incumbent to appropriately respond to a variety of basic
patient questions and inquiries and to coordinate with other members of the health care team
• Ability to deal with difficult or emergent situations in a mature and professional manner

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