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Electroneurophysiology Technologist

Electroneurophysiology Technologists record electrical activity in the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, or somatosensory systems using a variety of equipment and techniques. These professionals help doctors diagnose diseases, injuries, and abnormalities. They often work collaboratively with physicians who, in turn, interpret these results. Electroneurophysiology (ENP) focuses on the electrical activity in the brain and nervous system, so the results of these tests help in the diagnosis and care of patients being treated or tested for brain, nerve, and spinal cord conditions. It’s a profession that puts you in contact with patients, so the ideal ENP technologist is one who has exceptional technical and people skills.

ENP technologists spend much of their careers around electronic equipment, so it is ideal for individuals who like technology and this type of work. They may also spend a lot of time on their feet and are required to assist patients during testing to ensure they’re comfortable. An ENP technologist’s work requires a knowledge of working correctly and safely around hazardous materials like radioactive isotopes and various chemicals. ENP technologists are working in New Brunswick’s hospitals, clinics, and labs, interacting with patients daily and helping doctors do their work.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • Good communication skills and bedside manner
  • Ability to reassure patients who may be afraid
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work with little direct supervision

Electroneurophysiology Technologists in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Preparing patients for neuro-diagnostic testing by explaining the procedure
  • Obtaining medical history information pertinent to the interpretation of test results
  • Applying electrodes to predetermined, measured locations on the patient’s head and/or other body parts
  • Operating neurodiagnostic testing equipment
  • Maintaining equipment and troubleshooting technical problems

A typical workweek for an ENP technologist may include working standard weekday hours, shift work, and/or being on call on evenings and weekends. You may be required to do some lifting to help very ill patients.

Electroneurophysiology Technologists work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Private clinics
  • Research labs
  • Specialized facilities such as sleep centres

Licensure and certification: must be a member in good standing of the Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists (CAET) and be registered with the Canadian Board of Electroencephalograph Technologists (CBRET).

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