NEUROPSYCHOLOGY TECHNICIAN


  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Posted: Sep 26, 2019

Job Description


Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.

U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.

Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

General Description of the Job Class

Perform routine and complex procedures to obtain clinical neurobehavioral data for use in diagnoses of neurological disorders. Such data is collected utilizing standardized, objective test measures of cognition, and mood/personality when needed. Extensive hours in direct patient contact are required, calling for professional, enthusiastic, service oriented clinical data technicians.

Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

Verify the test menu order and prepare protocols.

Transition the patient into testing after interview with neuropsychologist.

Independently administer/score neuropsychological tests to neurological, psychiatric, or medical patients. All measures have objective detailed start, stop/discontinue, scoring, and conversion rules.

Alert supervising neuropsychologist when there is any challenge to test score validity (eg., effort/test engagement, sensory/motor abnormalities, patient discomfort or agitation).

Communicate routinely with neuropsychologist about patient process (eg, any challenges, time left, and completion).

Ensure patient comfort throughout testing process (typically 3-5 hours). Maximize patient test engagement and data validity.

Work with other data technicians to ensure all in laboratory have access to needed test supplies.

Score all protocols, double-score other protocols as requested.

Complete behavioral observations sheet on each patient rating integrity of vision, test engagement, motor functioning, etc., as outlined.

Convert all raw data to standardized normed scores per protocol, and summarize in data sheet.

Perform data entry into clinical data base.

Provide clinical documentation to behavioral health organizations and interfacing directly with families regarding insurance questions. Triage referrals and getting follow-up information from referring providers. Responsible for reviewing the referral work queues to help assess appropriate referral candidates for scheduling.

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.

Required Qualifications at this Level

Education

Work requires a Bachelor's Degree (B.S. or B.A.) in related field, preferred psychology or biology.

Experience

Work requires completion of in-house Neuropsychology Technician training program of approximately six to nine months in duration.

Desired (but not required) experience: --Administration/scoring of cognitive test protocols --Administration/scoring of structured interviews --Working with medical populations --Working with neurological and/or psychiatric patients --Experience with database entry --Team experience

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideasan exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

Duke Health

705 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 684-5600

Fax: (919) 684-5600

Web: http://www.hr.duke.edu/

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