The True Problem in Our Sleep Field
It is amazing what I keep reading. Sometimes I feel like I am surrounded by Chicken Little saying the sky is falling. All I ever hear anymore is that the field is being taken over by OCST and the insurance companies. Then I get a test asking for the name of a good tech that is registered and can score because a lab has an opening.
Our field is changing; there is no question that it is. But there will always be jobs for those who can deal with the problem at hand, be creative and help to change the perspective of those around us.
To this end I want to steer you to a book called My Iceberg is Melting by John Kotter. You literally can read it in about 90 minutes. It talks about how to deal with dramatic change and how to change how you run business to deal with this new way of life. It is really an eye opener if you feel you are overwhelmed by change and by those with a negative or tan ostrich-in-the-sand outlook.
In our case you need to start looking at yourself more like a physician extender than as a tech who runs a sleep study. You need to be an expert in your field. You need to be the resource to whom your physicians turn.
I have a friend who runs a hospital-based lab and she is having no issues with the number of patients they are seeing. She is the resource the doctors go to when they have a difficult patient. She has technicians who will go the extra step for the patients when they are in the lab. Her technicians are always looking for the newest education. They have accepted the change in our field and they understand they have to create the environment that will allow them to stay employed.
So step up techs, stop whining and start getting creative and find a new iceberg to live on.