Camaraderie, Information, Education!
Professional organizations and meetings are becoming so important to us as sleep techs seeking to be recognized as professionals. How do you decide which organization to join and which meetings to attend? It's important to know what's happening on all fronts but realistically we can't attend or join them all.
I am a member of GASP (Georgia Association of Sleep Professionals) and recently attended our annual meeting. It was great! From the accommodations in Atlanta to the vendor exhibits everything was first rate. The caliber of speakers was exceptional and topics were right on target with the goings on in our field. I am happy to say too that attendance exceeded that of last year so our group is growing. That is a good thing. I believe it shows that we are interested in learning and furthering ourselves as a collective and that we are committed to excellence in our work.
Consider that worldwide there are about 13,000 RPSGTs. We need to be represented and connected!
GASP is committed to sleep in Georgia and you may have a local organization in your state. If not, I encourage you to seek out a group in a neighboring state. I noticed techs listed on our charter from Alabama and Florida. There is also the AAST, which I feel obligated to belong to as well since it is our national organization.
But then what about my nursing organization? I am a licensed practical nurse and really need that organization too; then there's the fees for these groups and the meetings... OMG the meetings!
It can be costly to join and maintain all the associations, societies and networks especially if you have dual licensures. But it really is worth it. Take the time to research and find the group that best fits your needs. The BRPT and the AAST both have links for many of the groups and listings of the meetings on their websites. Pick one and GO! The camaraderie, information and education you will receive are a true value for the cost of membership and meeting fees.