Registered Polysomnographic Technologist/Respiratory Sleep Tech
Saint Joseph Health System

Mishawaka, Indiana

Posted in Medical and Nursing

Job Info

Employment Type:
Part time

Why Saint Joseph Health System?
Saint Joseph Health System is a not-for-profit, multi-hospital health system located in North Central Indiana.

Our system includes:
• 254-bed acute-care hospital at the Mishawaka Medical Center
• 58-bed acute-care hospital at the Plymouth Medical Center
• More than 85 providers in the Saint Joseph Physician Network

What we offer:
• Competitive compensation and benefits packages including medical, dental and vision coverage
• Retirement savings account with employer match
• Generous paid time off programs
• Employee referral incentive program
• Tuition/professional development reimbursement
• Nursing Scholarship opportunities
This position is PRN (As Needed)


Provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment of sleep disorders, under the general supervision of the Clinical Director (MD) or other designee, including polysomnography, diagnostic and therapeutic services or patient care and education. Can perform all duties defined for a Polysomnographic Technician along with scoring of sleep studies and can assist with supervision of other staff.


1. Actively demonstrates the organization's mission and core values and conducts oneself at all times in a manner consistent with these values.

2. Knows and adheres to all laws and regulations pertaining to patient health, safety and medical information.

3. Gathers and Analyzes Patient Information

• Reviews history, physical information, medications, procedure request and study protocol.

• Completes and verifies documentation.

  • Ensures any medication that were taken prior to entering the Sleep Lab by patients are
recorded in the sleep lab software system for provider review.

• Explains the procedure and orients the patient to the Sleep Lab.

4. Testing Preparation Procedures

• Prepares and calibrates equipment required for testing to determine proper functioning and make adjustments, if necessary.

• Cleans sleep equipment (masks, tubing, electrodes, etc.) according to manufacturers' recommendations.

• Applies electrodes and sensors according to accepted published standards.

• Performs appropriate physiologic calibrations to ensure proper signals and make adjustments, if necessary.

• Performs routine positive airway pressure (PAP) mask fitting.

5. Polysomnographic Procedures

• Follows procedural protocols [such as Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT), parasomnia studies, PAP and oxygen titration, etc.] to ensure collection of appropriate data.

• Follows "lights out" procedures to establish and document baseline values (such as body position, oxyhemoglobin saturation, respiratory and heart rates, etc.).

• Performs polysomnographic data acquisition while monitoring study-tracing quality to ensure signals are artifact-free. Identifies and reports signal abnormalities.

• 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 continuous and bi-level positive airway pressure, oxygen administration, etc.).

• Follows "lights on" procedures 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, etc.).
  • Oversees and performs difficult and unusual procedures and therapeutic interventions.
• Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide age specific care in the treatment, assessment, and education of pediatric, adolescent, adult, and geriatric patients.

6. Polysomnographic Record Scoring
  • Assists with scoring sleep/wake stages by applying professionally accepted guidelines.
  • Scores clinical events (such as respiratory events, cardiac events, limb movements, arousals etc.).
  • Generates accurate reports by tabulating sleep/wake and clinical event data.

7. Compliance
  • Complies with applicable laws, regulations, guidelines and standards regarding safety and infection control issues
  • Complies with the BRPT standards of conduct.

8. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education: High School Graduate. Graduate of an accredited school of polysomnography preferred. Associate/Bachelor degree preferred.

Licensure: Registered by the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists (BRPT) or a current Indiana state license in respiratory therapy (RT). Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification.

Experience: Successful completion of a polysomnography program of no less than one (1) year duration associated with a state licensed and/or a nationally accredited educational facility OR equivalent experience and documented proficiency at all competencies required of a Polysomnographic Technician. Confidently performed polysomnography on pediatrics (ages 4 years and up), adolescents, adults and geriatrics preferred.

Other Job Requirements:

Shows how to use (through a competency assessment) a standard desktop and Windows based computer system, including a basic understanding of email, e-learning, intranet and computer navigation.

Ability to use other software as required to perform the essential functions of the job.

Demonstrates exceptional ability and willingness to take on new and additional responsibilities. Embraces new ideas and cultural differences while managing competing priorities.

Willingly accepts personal responsibility for decisions, actions, attitudes and behaviors which contribute to the overall effectiveness of the organization. Communicates effectively, follows through on assignments, uses resources efficiently, participates in learning opportunities and treats others with respect and dignity.

Serves as a role model and performs job responsibilities to the highest standards in every situation. Delivers "Something More" that ensures a more complete and personally satisfying experience for every customer.

Understands and demonstrates behaviors consistent with the mission and values of the organization while contributing to the overall success of the strategic plan. All actions are rooted in providing excellent customer service.

Assigned hours within your shift, starting time, or days of work are subject to change based on departmental and/or organizational needs.

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