Under the direction of the Neurodiagnostics Manager and/or Physician Leader, the Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring Technologist (IONM Tech) performs Intraoperative Neuromonitoring procedures, including test setup, electrode application, maintaining patient safety, and other related duties for routine single and multi-modality IONM.
The IONM Tech must have a Certification in Neurophysiologic Intraoperative Monitoring (CNIM).
The IONM Tech provides findings, results, and a descriptive analysis according to facility policy and procedures.
Must be a team player with excellent oral and written communication skills.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Working closely with the neurophysiologist, the IONM Tech performs all duties and responsibilities for modality of monitoring requested; maintains continuing education requirements of ABRET for CNIM certification by reviewing literature for latest accepted practices and electrical safety relevant to equipment and testing; and helps establish facility policies and procedures.
The IONM Tech collaborates with nurses, neurophysiologists, surgeons, and other medical staff in caring for the patient.
IONM Tech reviews planned intraoperative procedure and orders for monitoring to determine the structures at risk relative to patient history/pre-existing conditions and monitoring requested; makes needed adjustments in monitoring by communicating with correct personnel while maintaining patient confidentiality according to facility policy and procedures; communicates with needed departments to obtain access and scheduling of patient according to facility policy and procedures; prepares equipment and supplies for required monitoring of patient according to facility policy and procedures; identifies correct patient by name, ordering surgeon, and type of procedure to be performed and communicates the monitoring plan to the patient/caregivers/family in language consistent with their ability to understand; measures and marks correct recording and stimulation sites and applies electrodes according to facility policy and procedures.
IONM Tech positions monitoring equipment in the operating room to ensure patient electrical safety and communicates with team members including anesthesia, surgeon, and nursing staff according to facility policy and procedures; communications directly with anesthesia team and surgeon to enhance monitoring results; discusses with surgeon baseline recordings according to facility policy and procedures; makes any needed adjustments in monitoring according to facility policy and procedures; monitors neurophysiologic central/peripheral functioning throughout the operative procedure communicating with the surgeon, neurophysiologist, anesthesia team, and nursing staff as necessary according to facility policy and procedures; recognizes clinically significant events and follows facility policy and procedures regarding critical test results; documents in surgery log throughout the monitoring process all relative communications/responses, physiological status, anesthetic adjustments, and changes in verbal responses according to facility policy and procedures; discontinues monitoring and removes all monitoring and stimulation electrodes checking sites for pre-monitoring status according to facility policy and procedures.
IONM Tech provides findings, results, and a descriptive analysis according to facility policy and procedure; cleans/disinfects electrodes and equipment according to facility policy and procedures; restocks equipment and electrode supplies; prints needed documents including procedures; restocks equipment and electrode supplies; prints needed documents including waveforms, neuromonitoring specialist report, and surgery log to be dictated by interpreting personnel according to facility policy and procedures; charges and logs patient according to facility policy and procedures.
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology or related field preferred.
Previous Associate’s Degree from a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), accredited Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Program, accredited college or university institution is preferred. Equivalent experience may be considered in those with previous training in the field who had on-the-job training and/or received a certificate in END.
Three to five (3-5) years’ of experience in neurophysiology including IONM preferred.
Excellent organizational skills required.
Computer skills including word processing and spreadsheets knowledge.
Requires the ability to concentrate for long periods of time under stressful conditions and still perform properly and effectively.
Certification in Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring (CNIM) required.
Henry Ford Health System, one of the largest and most comprehensive integrated U.S. healthcare systems, is a national leader in clinical care, research and education. The system includes the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, five hospitals, Health Alliance Plan (a health insurance and wellness company), Henry Ford Physician Network, a 150-site ambulatory network and many other health-related... entities throughout southeast Michigan, providing a full continuum of care. In 2015, Henry Ford provided $299 million in uncompensated care. The health system also is a major economic driver in Michigan and employs more than 24,600 employees. Henry Ford is a 2011Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. The health system is led by President and CEO Wright Lassiter III. To learn more, visit HenryFord.com.