Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography) in Madison, Wisconsin

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OUR MISSION:** To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI ( is a 129 bed facility that provides tertiary medical, surgical, neurological, and psychiatric care, and a full range of outpatient services. This facility serves 130,000 Veterans who live in 15 counties in south-central Wisconsin and in five counties in northwestern Illinois. The Madison VAMC is also the specialty care referral center for an additional 57,000 Veterans who reside in the Tomah VAMC primary service area, is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and is physically connected to the University of Wisconsin Clinical Science Center which includes the UW Hospitals and Clinics, and supports a Vet Center in Madison.

Madison VAMC is responsible for community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) at Janesville, Baraboo, Beaver Dam, WI, and Rockford and Freeport, IL and a primary care annex at Madison West Clinic, and is one of eight facilities that comprise Veterans Integrated Services Network 12 (VISN12) which is administratively headquartered at Hines, IL, and includes facilities in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and Minnesota.

Salary Ranges: GS-6: $36,611 - $47,598 GS-7: $40,684 - $52,893 GS-8: $45,056 - $58,570

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The Medical Instrument Technician (Polysomnography) operate the electroencephalograph and other devices to record the electrical activity of the brain during sleep. The MIT under the supervision of the Lead MIT, displays proficiency and performs at a level of excellence in all Sleep Diagnostic procedures and other related procedures in accordance with the guidelines established by the American Sleep Disorders Association, American Academy of Sleep Disorders and policies and procedures of the Medical Center.

The GS-8 Level represents the full performance level for the MIT (Polysomnography). At this level Polysomnographic Technicians are able to interact fully with the patient and physician to diagnose sleep disorders including those that are uncommon or rare. They are able to conduct full sleep studies including overnight studies and evaluate the relationship of events, sleep stages, and possible medical conditions which influence or result from events occurring during sleep. They anticipate problems likely to occur during the sleep study and prepare for such situations, make changes in established procedures, or recommend alternative courses of action. They are able to mentor lower graded technicians.


  • Patient instruction and education.

  • Patient assessment related to sleep disorders.

  • Patient setup, calibration and acquisition performance verification.

  • Monitoring of multiple physiological recording equipment.

  • Troubleshooting of polysomnographic recording equipment.

  • Perform pre and post-test calibrations.

  • Identify and treat sleep related breathing disorders.

  • Recognize the need for medical intervention if patient safety is at risk.

  • Remove, and sterilize electrodes and sensors at completion of study.

  • Staging of the sleep studies.

  • Document all data in Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS) including the scoring of Sleep Studies.

  • Gather and analyze patient information.

  • Perform Polysomnographic procedures.

  • Maintain a safe work environment to include non-technical maintenance of equipment, safety checks, cleaning, and stocking.

  • Consult with the lead Technologist in unusual situations for which there are no clear precedents.

  • Treat Veterans with physical disabilities, injuries, or disease by use of a wide range of techniques and procedures.

  • Perform work using a variety of polysomnography equipment.

  • Perform routine and complex equipment care and maintenance.

  • Perform some administrative duties in the Sleep Study Laboratory.

  • Keep detailed records of tests and measurements performed, and keep and record quality control and timeliness of studies and data.

Work Schedule: Sunday 7:00pm - 7:00am Monday 7:00pm - 7:00am Tuesday 7:00pm - 7:00am Friday 8:00am - Noon

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English

Physical Requirements: The work requires some physical exertion such as prolonged periods of sitting, bending, reaching, crouching, stooping, stretching and lifting moderately heavy items such as manuals and record boxes. Work is primarily performed in patient care areas, in-patient and outpatient. Extensive interaction with patients, staff, physicians, family members, and visitors involved. Moving equipment and supplies, lifting, bending, stooping, and possible exposure to body fluid is involved.

Participation in seasonal influenza program may be required.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.



  • Citizenship:Must be a Citizen of the United States. **- English Language Proficiency:Medical Instrument Technicians must be proficient in spoken and written English.

GS-6 GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Must have at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-5) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position. Polysomnography (PSG) Technicians at the GS-6 grade level perform a full range of standard, routine examinations including overnight sleep studies, MSLT (Multiple Sleep Latency Test), MWT (Maintenance of Wakefullness Test), and PAP (Positive Airway Pressure Titration).

GS-6 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Knowledge of standard, computerized polysomnographs for recording continuous all night physiological data including EEG, EOG, EKG, EMG and respiratory parameters.

  • Knowledge of standard devices such as oximeters, respiratory effort devices, nasal pressure devices, thermistors, thermocouples, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, and laboratory computers including the ability to calibrate and operate the equipment and recognize and eliminate recording artifacts.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology and medical record organization to review medical records, sleep study orders, consent forms, medical charts, etc.

  • Knowledge of polysmnographic procedural protocols (including overnight sleep studies, MSLT, MWT, PAP, etc.).

  • Knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and the international 10-20 electrode placement system in order to conduct the sleep studies.


Must have at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-6) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position. This would be experience which provided the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to independently conduct difficult but standardized polysomnography examinations. Experience includes: Performing a full range of standard, but complex, polysomnography examinations with responsibility for properly and accurately calibrating all instruments prior to the beginning of the PSG tracing and selection of appropriate electrode montages and sensitivity and filter settings to elicit the best possible tracings. Independently determine the need for CPAP during all night sleep studies for sleep apnea and administering nerve conduction velocity tests.

GS-7 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Knowledge of CPAP function and operation to select and fit appropriate PAP patient interface devices.

  • Ability to independently titrate and document PAP level to achieve therapeutic goals.

  • Knowledge of indications, complications, and contraindications of CPAP therapy.

  • Knowledge of Bi-Level pressure titrations.

  • Ability to recognize changes seen during the PSG tracing and identify all stages of sleep. This includes the ability to score and analyze sleep stages in clinical polysomnography recordings.

GS-8 GRADE REQUIREMENTS: Must have at least 1 year of experience comparable to the next lower grade level (GS-7) which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities related to the duties of the position. This would be experience which provided a knowledge of the more complex procedures as well as knowledge of the uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.

GS-8 Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

  • Advanced knowledge or the International Classification of Sleep Disorders and the ability to recognize uncommon and/or rare sleep disorders.

  • Ability to summarize and report polysomnographic data in narrative form.

  • Knowledge of event characteristics (e.g., respiratory, cardiac, sleep stage, seizures, etc.) and ability to take appropriate action.

  • Ability to provide briefings and orientation to hospital staff including physicians.

Preferred Certification:

  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) certification is desired at the GS-6, GS-7 and GS-8 grade levels.

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is desired at the GS-8 Full Performance Level.

References: VA Handbook 5005, Part II, Appendix G27, Medical Instrument Technician, Appendix I (Polysomnography).

The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-8. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-6, GS-7, or GS-8.


IMPORTANT:A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Note:Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

United States Citizenship Required; non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.Your application, résumé, C.V., and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment.

NOTE: The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and salary at which the candidate will be placed. For internal selectees eligible for promotion, the board will determine grade and HR will determine step in accordance with policy.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
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VA Form 10-2850c Application for Associated Health Occupations can be found at:;=&Action;=Search.

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to ensure you have included all documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees).

  • Cover Letter
  • Performance Review
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript
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Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the full questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 10/18/2017 to receive consideration.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.

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Shannon Carman-Adler





William S Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital 2500 Overlook Terrace Madison, WI US

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/11/2017 to 10/18/2017

Salary: $36,611 to $58,570 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 6 - 8

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent