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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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New Equipment Brings New Anxiety
May 23, 2013 10:09 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Finally we were able to purchase new equipment for the lab that I have been dreaming about! I am expecting installation to begin next week and training the week after. The prep work on our end -- checking the existing cabling and wiring connections for Read More...
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The Best Time to Plan Is Now
February 7, 2013 8:54 AM by Amy Reavis
It's still early in the year, and things move a bit slower. I find this is the best time for me to look over what worked and did not work over the last year and to plan a course of action moving forward. This year is particularly important as the economy 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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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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In the Middle of Patient And Referral Source Disagreements
June 14, 2012 9:53 AM by Amy Reavis
I received a phone call the other day from a patient who wanted a new CPAP machine. His was 10-years-old and knew he needed a new one. I told him to talk to his primary care doctor. The patient called me back and said that his doctor sent him to a pulmonologist Read More...
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Whew! I Survived Sleep Center Re-Accreditation
May 24, 2012 10:47 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Whew!! What a week. My lab went through re-accreditation this past week. Thank goodness it's over. While I was confident in our practice habits, I was still a little unnerved at being examined. I guess that is only natural since so much rides on passing. Read More...
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How Do Sleep Labs Handle Bad Publicity?
May 2, 2012 9:48 AM by Amy Reavis
In the news this week, a pediatric sleep tech was accused of inappropriate contact with two underage children. The news channels jumped all over his role as a night-time tech who sets up children for studies, even though the alleged contact did not happen Read More...
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Why CPAP Therapy is Failing
February 1, 2012 11:09 AM by Amy Reavis
There is a huge failure rate for CPAP therapy; some would even say it is as high as 50 percent. That number is being used by insurance companies, home sleep testing companies, and people who do not believe in sleep apnea to prove that we are testing too Read More...
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Why Every Sleep Tech Should Take Time Off
January 11, 2012 4:19 PM by Penny Mehaffey
Happy New Year, everybody! I hope and trust we have all settled in to our post-holiday schedules, some of us with a big sigh of relief. The extra busy part is over for me for but I am still full of anticipation. I am excitedly waiting the return of my Read More...
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Time to Review Your Sleep Policies and Procedures
January 5, 2012 7:16 PM by Amy Reavis
Once a year I try to do two things. I review and update our policy and procedure manual to meet the new needs of our facility and I do technician evaluations so if there is any new education that needs to be done I can plan for the education during our Read More...
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Recommended Reading for a New Manager
August 18, 2011 7:49 AM by Amy Reavis
I believe that all great leaders are constantly learning and growing. I also believe that there are two great ways to do this. Read and Listen . I read every night as part of my night time ritual. I also attempt to listen to books on tape whenever I can. 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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Personalized Care Improves Outcomes, Grows Business
May 26, 2011 8:51 AM by Amy Reavis
I had an experience getting some prescriptions filled: The technician was working with me to get a discount card to work that I could not use at another pharmacy. It turned out that the other pharmacy just did not know to make a phone call required to Read More...
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