The Sleep Health Educator works under the general supervision of the medical director or designee to provide comprehensive education, evaluation and treatment of sleep disorders including in center and home sleep apnea testing, diagnostic and therapeutic interventions, comprehensive patient care and direct patient education. In addition to proficiency in all competencies related to sleep technology, the sleep health educator participates with clinical patient education, compliance management, evaluation, diagnostic and therapeutic testing, and home therapy. Education and management of patients with sleep disorders requires understanding of the multifaceted disease processes that affect both sleep and wakefulness. The sleep health educator works within interdisciplinary teams to provide safe and personalized care for the patient in a professional manner.
- Performs high quality diagnostic sleep study testing to assist the physician in the diagnosis of sleep breathing conditions in accordance with AASM, BRPT, AAST, and departmental policy and procedure.
- Proficient with analysis of diagnostic sleep study data in accordance with AASM, BRPT, AAST, and departmental policy and procedure.
- Prepares and completes all required documentation in a thorough and accurate manner.
- Proficient in the use and navigation of all sleep software and the electronic medical record.
- Performs all related responsibilities associated with sleep studies testing to include operating and maintaining equipment in accordance with hospital and department safety policy and procedures.
- Maintains continuing education requirements as outlined by specific credentials through the Board of Registered Polysomnography Technologist (BRPT) and per the accreditation standards through the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), as well as institutional policies.
- Provides guidance to less experienced staff to assure high quality sleep studies on all patients.
- Proficient with the application of all PAP therapies (CPAP, BIPAP, ASV, AVAPS) and medications in accordance to the AASM, insurance requirements and regulations, and department policies and procedures.
- Competency with Practice Parameters and Clinical Guidelines for sleep health and disorders per the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
- Monitor patient adherence to prescribed treatment by collecting, analyzing and integrate
- patient information by utilizing standardized assessment diagnostic tools. Coordinate in
- center and home sleep apnea diagnostic testing and therapeutic modalities by effectively communicating new or continued symptoms with healthcare team. Assist with acclimation to PAP; proper usage of PAP, interface troubleshooting, pressure relief options, cleaning and safety education.
- Provides age appropriate patient education for sleep disorders, comorbidities, therapeutic equipment and processes, therapy options, sleep hygiene and self-help. Apply principles of motivational teaching to facilitate patient self-management. Promote community education on general sleep hygiene, sleep disorders and treatment options.
- Participates in quality improvement processes on an on-going basis, including acting as quality control subject as assigned.
- Accountability: Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution as a team member; displays honesty and truthfulness; confronts problems quickly; displays a strong commitment to organizational success and inspires others to commit to goals; demonstrates a commitment to National Jewish Health.
- Adaptability: Maintaining effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjusting effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
- Attention to Detail: Accomplishing tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time. Setting high standards of performance for self and others; assuming responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self-imposing standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
- Care Management: Having the knowledge and skills to secure relevant patient care data and identify key issues and relationships in the management of patient care; understanding the relationships among assessments, interventions, and patient responses; skilled in documentation of assessments and adjusting physical and cognitive prescriptions as needed.
- Collaboration/Teamwork: Cooperates with others to accomplish common goals; works with employees within and across his/her department to achieve shared goals; treats others with dignity and respect and maintains a friendly demeanor; values the contributions of others.
- Creativity and Innovation: Applies creative problem-solving skills to develop solutions to problems; recognizes and demonstrates the value in taking "smart" risks and learning from mistakes; develops multiple alternatives and understands the feasibility of each; effectively shares and implements his/her ideas. Generates innovative solutions in work situations; tries different and novel ways to deal with work problems and opportunities.
Supervisory or Managerial Responsibility
- Be available to work as scheduled and report to work on time.
- Be willing to accept supervision and work well with others.
- Be well groomed, appropriately for your role and wear ID Badge visibly.
- Be in compliance with all departmental and institutional policies, the Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct and completes NetLearning by due date annually.
- Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the institution.
- Adheres to safe working practices and at all times follows all institutional and departmental safety policies and procedures.
- Wears appropriate PPE as outlined by the infection control policies and procedures.
- Demonstrates compliance with all state, federal and all other regulatory agency requirements.
Associates Degree in sciences or healthcare or equivalent required. Completion of a STAR-designated Self-Study education program, graduate from an education program in polysomnography accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) or completion of both a STAR-designated Self-Study education program AND a STAR-designated Focused 2 program. Certification in Clinical Sleep Health (CCSH) certification is preferred.
A minimum of two years experience in the sleep technology profession and documented proficiency for all competencies required of a sleep technologist and competence in patient education and sleep medicine.
Special Training, Certification or Licensure
Certification by a nationally recognized certification board and holds either the Registered Sleep Technologist (RST), Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT), or Sleep Disorders Specialist (SDS) credential. BLS required. Certification in Clinical Sleep Health CCSH certification is preferred.