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I would highly recommend this job but I’d say to start taking insurance exams as soon as possible and get them done while you’re young.

I’d also recommend talking to as many people in the industry to see what area of insurance you want to go into i.e. Insurer, Broker, Loss Adjuster etc. – they’re very different!
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Neurophysiology Technician

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At a Glance... header image

Neurophysiology technicians set up and operate equipment to monitor and measure the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system.


The Work header image

Neurophysiology technicians (also known as Physiological Measurement Technicians) set up and operate electrical equipment to record the electrical activity of the brain and nervous system.  
 
An electroencephalograph (EEG) machine can be used to transfer information from the patient onto a kind of graph. Technicians make factual analyses of data that can then be used to aid the diagnosis of brain disorders such as epilepsy, brain tumours and strokes.  
 
Neurophysiology technicians also test the reactions of patients to specific stimuli such as flashing lights or sounds. This helps in the assessment of hearing and vision, as well as neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis.  
 
In some cases, they assist specialist doctors with tests that look at the way the body's nerves and muscles are working. These tests can help in the diagnosis of diseases such as muscular dystrophies and nerve dysfunction. They may examine patients in a clinical department, intensive care, or even in the operating theatre.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Measure patients' body parts and mark locations where electrodes are to be placed.

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Attach electrodes to patients using adhesives.

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Monitor patients during tests or surgeries, using electroencephalographs (EEG), evoked potential (EP) instruments, or video recording equipment.

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Conduct tests or studies such as electroencephalography (EEG), polysomnography (PSG), nerve conduction studies (NCS), electromyography (EMG), and intraoperative monitoring (IOM).

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Indicate artifacts or interferences derived from sources outside of the brain, such as poor electrode contact or patient movement, on electroneurodiagnostic recordings.

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Explain testing procedures to patients, answering questions or reassuring patients as needed.

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Adjust equipment to optimize viewing of the nervous system.

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Set up, program, or record montages or electrical combinations when testing peripheral nerve, spinal cord, subcortical, or cortical responses.

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Measure visual, auditory, or somatosensory evoked potentials (EPs) to determine responses to stimuli.

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Conduct tests to determine cerebral death, the absence of brain activity, or the probability of recovery from a coma.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Learning Strategies:   Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have scientific aptitude combined with the ability to relate sympathetically to the needs of patients. You will need to be responsible and flexible.  
 
The work can be stressful. Some emergency cases occur and you may have to be 'on call'.


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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
  Tel: 01 635 2000
  Email: Click here
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