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  • You're a Good Fit: Polysomngraphic Technologist

    Here's what it takes to become a successful Polysomnographic Technologist

    Natural abilities and characteristics common to success

    • Calm and pleasant demeanor
    • Attention to detail comes naturally with a desire for neatness/order
    • Able to develop manual dexterity
    • Conversational skills are naturally comforting others
    • Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide to calculate indices and percentages
    • Ability to work a variety of shifts
    • Should be a person of character, honesty and integrity
    • Has the ability to work cooperatively as part of a team
    • Abstract thinking, which is necessary to understand concepts
    • Desires to help others while maintaining respect and dignity
    • Comfortable working with and learning new technology

    Facts to help you decide if this suits you as a career choice:

    • Polysomnographic Technology is a rewarding career that requires diligent, caring professionals
    • Polysomnographic Technologists make decisions that affect the quality of their patients' lives
    • Polysomnographic Technologists work with other members of the health care team like nurses and doctors in the education, prevention and treatment of sleep disorders
    • Polysomnographic Technologists must understand or be willing to learn basic concepts of electricity to understand the patient to system transmission of data
    • Polysomnographic Technologists strive to obtain accurate and reliable data
    • Polysomnographic Technologists are able to follow physician's orders and facility policies and protocols independently
    • Polysomnographic Technologists work with a variety of computer systems in data entry and system modification

    What does a sleep technologist do?

    • Prepares equipment and an environment prior to patient arrival
    • Educates patients, families, communities, health professionals on sleep needs, healthy sleep choices, sleep disorders, therapuetic options and consequences of untreated sleep disorders
    • Gathers accurate and reliable data in a variety of forms
    • Consults with physicians to recommend changes in therapeutic plans and diagnostic procedures
    • Identifies changes in the patient's condition and documents and communicates this to other health care providers
    • Uses a variety of computerized systems and therapeutic equipment to record sleep and wake data
    • Performs specific procedures that require manual dexterity
    • Provides patient care with respect for the individual and family