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Topics of choice will change week-to-week, writer-to-writer, as our sleep bloggers give voice to the issues that are important to them — and you. Get to know these wordsmith colleagues-in-sleep as they share their insights, opinions, concerns, and successes. And remember, they want to get to know you, too. So leave a comment and take the driver’s seat to some meaningful two-way communication.
Amy Korn-Reavis, RRT, RPSGT, has worked as a respiratory therapist for 21 years and a sleep technician for the last 7. She enjoys every aspect of the field including working in the ICU, ED, NICU, PFTs, as a clinical instructor for UMDNJ, as a therapist for a national homecare company and, currently, as the manager of Emery Sleep Solutions. Her adventures started in New Jersey, where she graduated from Bergen Community College, and took her to Tampa, Kansas City (both MO and KS), and finally back down to sunny Orlando.
Current adventures include raising a teenage son, supporting a daughter in art school, and going to college to finish her degree in organizational management.
Hello fellow sleep techs. Let me just say I love sleep medicine and I love my job. As the day technologist for a busy six-bed lab I am constantly challenged to stretch myself and my skills.
Our lab sees your standard sleep patients, but the majority of our patient population has multiple and severe medical problems. About 40 percent are pediatric, and these patients are anything but “routine.” We see a lot of children with Down’s syndrome and Prader Willie syndrome, which means we are always tailoring our studies to meet special needs and co-morbidities.
What I like most about being a sleep tech is having the opportunity to reach
into someone’s life, see their problem and really help them. It is very rewarding to see the immediate gratification of CPAP therapy. There is nothing like having a patient tell me that they just had the best night's sleep of their life. It makes the ten others who fought their therapy all worthwhile.
We spend so much of our lives at work; it’s important we enjoy what we do to the max. Work should never be a drudgery or just a means to an end. I firmly believe that work is one of our greatest gifts. We should fully invest ourselves in it and then reap the returns that come when we experience the positive impact we've had on our or another's world. Be encouraged and keep up your good work!
Amy Wilson, CRT, RPSGT I have been employed at Dyersburg Regional Medical Center in Dyersburg, TN since 2007. I graduated from the Respiratory Care program at Jackson State Community College in 2005 and earned the CRT credential. I have worked in sleep since 2005 and earned the RPSGT credential in 2010. I work in the hospital as a full time technologist and also work in private lab settings doing as-needed work. Juggling home life with work is a challenge for everyone. I hope to discuss challenges that are specific to sleep techs. Sometimes it’s just nice to know you’re not alone and to hear how others in the same situations handle the balancing act.