Stress Technician
Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)

Boston, Massachusetts

Posted in Health and Safety

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This position reports to the Unit Technical Manager/Operations Manager for Nuclear Cardiology, performing clinical responsibilities including diagnostic stress testing using exercise or pharmacologic induced stress, under the direction of nuclear cardiology physicians and nurses.


  • Prepares patient for stress testing
    • Obtain vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation)
    • 12 lead electrocardiographic placement (to include skin prep) and monitoring
    • IV placement (separate IV competencies apply)
    • Responsible for maintaining safe testing environment, including but not limited to:
      • Assess patient's ability to walk safely (i.e. identify fall precautions, appropriate clothing, asses gait)
  • Performs stress testing
    • Exercise load adjustment
    • Monitors, prints and documents electrocardiographs as appropriate
    • Notifies clinical staff of EKG changes, and other safety concerns
  • Assures completeness of test reports including data editing.
  • Documents patient exam data in department electronic log sheet.
  • Maintains laboratory inventory (supplies, emergency drugs, and equipment).
  • Identifies equipment failures with EKG machines and places service call to appropriate equipment vendor to coordinate repairs.
  • Explains the nature and risks of exercise protocol to the patient.


  • Knowledge of cardiac anatomy and physiology
  • Knowledge of cardiovascular systems
  • Knowledge of universal precautions
  • Knowledge of EKG interpretive recognition patterns
  • Knowledge of stress/treadmill equipment
  • CPR certification
  • Ability to perform blood pressure measurements
  • I.V. placement (must comply with hospital licensing requirements and, in addition, complete & pass IV competency)
  • Effective interpersonal communications


  • Basic Life Support Certification, required
  • Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT), preferred


  • Bachelor's Degree preferred in Exercise Science or related field
  • High School Diploma and EKG certification (or equivalent experience) is required


  • On the job training of 2-4 months (dependent upon past practical experience) is required


  • The individual will work in a high volume stress test laboratory. The laboratory does both imaging and non-imaging stress tests on a wide range of patients. There is minimal exposure to hazardous materials (i.e. blood and radioactive material).

The above is intended to describe the general contents and requirements of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive statement of all duties, responsibilities or skills of personnel so classified.

EEO Statement
Massachusetts General Hospital is an Equal Opportunity Employer. By embracing diverse skills, perspectives and ideas, we choose to lead. Applications from protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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