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AAST Needs Our Support

Published February 17, 2010 10:11 AM by Amy Reavis
This is the time of year when the AAST asks for people to volunteer. They need committee members as well as a new secretary and two members-at-large for the board.

I applied to committees for education (I teach sleep at a local community college) and membership (I'm truly passionate about growing this field and the organization). Both these causes are so important to the profession.

We must create a respected educational and testing system so we don't have to worry about other fields trying to create their own testing program. Also, the profession would be stronger if people understood the importance of joining AAST as soon as they enter the field. This includes those who work with DME companies and students in sleep programs.

However, I must note, the one thing I find disappointing is that AAST has never responded to my applications over the years. An autoresponder or form letter just so I know they received my application would be encouraging. I understand they don't need everyone who applies, but I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering if my application actually went through.

4 comments

I have mentioned before that I want to get involved with sleep and respiratory on a larger scale. Well,

June 17, 2010 8:36 AM

The views and comments expressed here seem to be more of the norm than a exception to the rule.

Randy Townsend, RPSGT March 3, 2010 12:13 AM

The problem with not joining and not continuing to try to be involved is that you can not make changes you like to see. %0d%0a%0d%0aThe fact is that at some point in time the people who are very involved with the AAST will step down and then they will need new voices.  %0d%0a%0d%0aI do also belong to the AARC because I am an RRT and feel that sleep does overlap fields.  It is important to support everyone who is trying to help us grow our field, create new education programs and to help with lincensuer as it occurs.  %0d%0a%0d%0aIt is however, nice to know that I am not the only one who feels this way.

Amy Korn-Reavis, Sleep - Manager, Emery Sleep Solutions February 18, 2010 3:20 PM
Apopka FL

I agree we all need to join our national organization, not only to support a strong system of testing and endorse education requirements, but also to address licensure issues at the local level. We need to look at the national organizations representing other health care fields such as nursing and respiratory therapy and see how these respective groups play an important part for their fields, both nationally and locally.

I have to admit that when I entered this field and looked toward joining the AAST, I was discouraged by a lot of old timers. I have since joined, but have seen little effect by this group. I too have heard stories such as yours where there is little to no feedback when someone contacts the AAST. This is often a deal breaker for the people that I advocate to join. If they can not see where they will benefit from joining this type of professional association, it is hard to justify the advantages of membership in this economy.

Barbara Rettemnier CRT RPSGT, , Ed. Coordinator The Sleep Lab of Memorial Hospital February 17, 2010 1:09 PM
Martinsville VA

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