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Being a Sleep Educator
July 24, 2014 10:32 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I want to blog today about an experience I had related to sleep in industry. I know it's been done but it is pertinent still. I took the sleep educator workshop at FOCUS this summer and thank God I passed the exam. It was a toughy. Then, as if right on Read More...
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Challenged by BRPT Exam
July 10, 2014 11:34 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I mentioned before that I attended the FOCUS spring conference in Florida. My main goal for that event was to attend the sleep educator workshop presented by the BRPT. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and I did learn a lot; it was worth every Read More...
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Hurray for FOCUS 2014
May 22, 2014 12:32 PM by Penny Mehaffey
Well, we have another FOCUS meeting behind us. nd what a great meeting it was: action packed, star studded and uber-educational. Hats off to everyone involved in putting this first-class event together. The meeting was held at the Coronado Springs resort Read More...
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Sleep Educators Course
October 3, 2013 8:54 AM by Amy Reavis
I have to admit that the BRPT has really stepped up to create the next step of growth in our field. It is an impressive sight, when a conference room is overfilled and there are 300 eager people learning about the extended role of the educator. This was Read More...
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Job Task Analysis
January 10, 2013 3:17 AM by Amy Reavis
I had the privilege to be part of the job task analysis task force for the BRPT. It allows us to look at the field and what is being performed and create a test that covers the actual skills and knowledge used daily. It also allows us to update the blueprint Read More...
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The Problem with Being an OJT
December 26, 2012 4:29 PM by Amy Reavis
I believe there is a place for someone being trained on the job, but medicine is not that place. I am sure this statement will make many of my readers unhappy with me. But there are too many issues that cannot be taught while you are working and too many Read More...
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Make Staff Meetings More Productive
November 28, 2012 6:11 PM by Amy Reavis
Every month we need to have a staff meeting. I personally hate them, but I know they are necessary--and I've discovered that you can create meaningful staff meetings and help meet your CEU requirements at the same time. If you create a yearly schedule Read More...
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Time for a Change in Work Scheduling
November 21, 2012 8:27 AM by Penny Mehaffey
NURSES BURN OUT ON LONG SHIFTS!! Well surprise, surprise, surprise, and to quote one of my favorite malcontent Disney characters, Diego, "I am not surprised, I am so not surprised, I think I am going to die from not surprise!" This article under this Read More...
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Where Do We Find Quality Teachers?
November 15, 2012 7:16 PM by Amy Reavis
I can tell you I learned sleep due to people sharing their knowledge in books and at conferences. I took advantage of my manufacturers' representatives. I will forever be grateful to those who helped me to become a sleep tech. Now I have moved to a place Read More...
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Why Don't We Teach Children About Sleep?
September 6, 2012 5:17 PM by Amy Reavis
I was talking to some respiratory students at our school the other day and realized that we have stopped teaching some things to our children in school. Looking at the day plan for our local kindergarten students, I noticed that we really are not thinking Read More...
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New Job, New Mentor
August 30, 2012 5:20 PM by Amy Reavis
I recently took a job as a program director for a Neurodiagnostic Technology program with a Polysomnography add-on and found that I needed to learn how to be a better teacher and a better person. I would like to not just be a teacher to my students, but Read More...
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ASET Has a Plan for Sleep Techs
August 23, 2012 1:59 PM by Amy Reavis
I had the opportunity to attend the ASET conference recently and hear an idea they had on how to bring sleep back into their fold. Since we, as sleep techs, are concerned about the future of our profession, it might be of benefit to take a listen to their Read More...
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What Can't a Sleep Tech Do?
August 2, 2012 12:42 PM by Penny Mehaffey
Hodgepodge is my word for the day, and if you follow synchronicity, then it's the pattern for my life lately. I guess it's a good thing. That post-vacation funk is gone and in its place is the business of the new agenda. All of the new hires have moved Read More...
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Why You Should Attend Conferences
June 29, 2012 11:28 AM by Amy Reavis
More people are asking how to get free CEUs online. It is about getting the credits and maybe learning something new. However, there is a great deal to be said for taking a day or two out of your schedule to attend a conference once or twice a year. There Read More...
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Study Tips for Board Exams
January 19, 2012 9:28 AM by Amy Reavis
As I chatted with some sleep technicians the other night who were concerned about studying for the board exam, I realized no one had ever taught them how to study or take a standardized test effectively. This surprised me since we have to take so many Read More...
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