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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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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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Post-Vacation Blues
July 19, 2012 9:49 AM by Penny Mehaffey
I hope everyone's week is going good. I wish mine was going better...I have been in a weird kind of funk since vacation. I've been back long enough to be back in the swing of things, but it's just not happening. I guess part of the problem is I took too Read More...
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Co-workers Inspire Praise
October 6, 2011 9:40 AM by Penny Mehaffey
It's sleep tech appreciation week and in that spirit I'd like to dedicate this blog to the wonderful group of sleep techs I work with. They are a mixed bag of personalities like I have come to suspect is the deal at a lot of sleep labs. But a more dedicated Read More...
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Becoming a Multicenter Sleep Lab: The Challenges
June 30, 2011 9:15 AM by Amy Reavis
Growth is hard. Our lab is planning its first offspring. It is exciting but a little distressing. I am learning that when you work with people who like to have control, you have to stand up for what you want. In the end, you will get what is best for Read More...
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Moving to the Next Level
May 5, 2011 8:59 AM by Amy Reavis
One of my jobs is to help run an ad on sleep program for the local respiratory therapy degree. We are even considering making it part of the BS degree in cardiopulmonary. Which leads me to ask, "Where do I see an advanced practitioner in this field?" Read More...
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Another Credential Won't Tell the Whole Story
February 25, 2011 12:13 PM by Penny Mehaffey
So, I have been thinking a lot lately about this situation with the AASM's new credential. My first reaction to the comments by the AASM was "what?" and then OMG! I can't believe they said that! I was insulted to the core of my professional self. Eventually, Read More...
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Sleep Credentials: The Infighting Continues
January 27, 2011 2:02 PM by Amy Reavis
In sleep there seems to be a lot of infighting over control of who will provide credentials for the technicians. With such a young field this does not help out professionalism and it makes our field look undervalued. The latest group to get involved is Read More...
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Educating Future Sleep Managers
November 8, 2010 4:18 PM by Amy Reavis
The other day I had to work part of a night shift with two of my technicians. We had a patient that may have needed a little extra care, and I felt that another person might help to run the study better. When I got home, I posted on Facebook how impressed Read More...
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How Can You Nurture Sleep Techs With Low Self-Esteem?
November 1, 2010 1:29 PM by Amy Reavis
I believe one of the most important parts of management is to help to create future leaders. I don't think that nurturing new leaders puts your job in danger. It actually encourages people in my department to be better techs and to be more satisfied at Read More...
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Sleep Techs Need to Understand How Insurance Works
October 15, 2010 7:22 AM by Amy Reavis
Many sleep technicians don't know how insurance works. They don't understand what insurances cover and which insurances need authorizations before giving equipment or performing tests. To them, this is an issue just for the billing office and the scheduling Read More...
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Celebrate Sleep Tech Appreciation Week
September 30, 2010 7:27 AM by Amy Reavis
The best time of the year for teaching sleep is Sleep Tech Appreciation Week, Oct. 4-10. My goal is to inform doctors and the community that walking around tired all the time is not normal. The AAST has a page dedicated to Sleep Tech Appreciation Week. Read More...
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Avoid Taking Shortcuts in the Sleep Lab
August 20, 2010 10:22 AM by Amy Reavis
I've been involved in sleep for the past 10 years, and I can tell you that I still measure every patient's head when I do a setup. My setups take between 45 minutes and an hour. I have never really gotten much faster than that. I think it's because I Read More...
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Does On-Demand Testing Come at a Price?
August 9, 2010 1:34 PM by Amy Reavis
The RPSGT and CPSGT exams have gone to on-demand testing . This is a great thing because for the past two tests it took more than three months to get the results. However, this change came with an increase in the test of $100. This price increase along Read More...
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AAST Needs Our Support
February 17, 2010 10:11 AM by Amy Reavis
This is the time of year when the AAST asks for people to volunteer. They need committee members as well as a new secretary and two members-at-large for the board. I applied to committees for education (I teach sleep at a local community college) and Read More...
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