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Adventures in Sleep

Sleep Tech Attends EEG Meeting, and Benefits

Published August 11, 2011 9:40 AM by Penny Mehaffey

I have been busy this year attending more conferences than ever before. I may have mentioned that previously.  I've been to FOCUS, GASP and last weekend I was in Atlanta at the ASET conference, which is actually the annual EEG meeting. I felt a little bit like a duck out of water, but my boss suggested I go, so I went. While most of the meeting was EEG related, they had a PSG track that was very informative.

In my facility, the sleep lab and EEG live together in the same hallway and share the same manager as well. It was very interesting to see the EEG professional meeting at work.

I like to observe people in settings or functions like that just to get a different perspective. It offers a better understanding of what makes them tick professionally. We are not all motivated by the same things. RTs are very different from RNs and EEG techs are very different from sleep techs. Let's not even begin to list the alphabet that follows on the name tags for each of us (not that I am saying there is anything wrong with the ABCs at all ...I am very proud of my credentials as we all should be, and if you want to proudly display all of yours, so you should.)  Now back to the meeting...

The PSG track was a pleasant surprise to me, given the forum. I was happy to meet and have lunch with Janice East, current President of the BRPT. Janice, one of the featured speakers, talked about PAP NAPS, home sleep testing, and was very encouraging. The other lectures were equally informative and interesting, covering seizures in sleep, epilepsy mimicking parasomnias, sexsomnia (bet that one caught your eye) and a host of others. In short, I had a great time. 

If a meeting is offered close to you, go to it. Even if it is not a "sleep meeting" per se, chances are there will be some sleep issues covered and CEUS or CMES offered. The BPRT accepts CMES. Check with them if you are not sure about the credits before you go to a meeting; they are there for you and are happy to help you. Be active. Seek out opportunities to grow and learn. You can never know all there is to know about sleep, and even if you did, it helps to hear it from another's perspective or in a different voice.

posted by Penny Mehaffey

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