Creating a State Sleep Society
I laughed when I got a phone call asking me if I could help to create the Florida Association of Sleep Technologists. Why would I get the phone call? Well because I had asked often enough if there actually was a state society for the technicians. Although a group of people did try to get it started, ultimately it did not get off the ground. So my friends and I are working on trying to get this one launched.
I find the hardest part is not the legal aspects of creating an organization but getting people involved with the group. I created a Facebook page to help to get the word out and I do have a few friends online who are helping to advertise the group for me through Facebook, Twitter and personal newsletters. This has helped a lot.
We also found that there are organizations that will back us up such as ASET and FSRC. This support is invaluable. We have also been told that the AAST will be discussing us at their next board meeting. To me this is about the grass roots of sleep care. The need for someone to talk about licensure in Florida and the need for more education in the field of sleep needs to be handled by the local community.
So... why would I take what little free time I have and devote it to a state sleep society? The answer is I see a strong future for sleep, especially if we grow in the right direction instead of fighting small skirmishes. We need to have great CEC classes to advance our education, strong programs to guide new technicians, and support for those who want to take the RPSGT but are not sure where to get their questions answered.
If you are interested in the Florida Association of Sleep Technologists (FAST), please check out the website at http://www.flsleep.org/. We could use some more volunteers to help it to grow.