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Adventures in Sleep

Evaluate Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
January 20, 2011 7:22 AM by Amy Reavis
The beginning of the year is usually the slow time of the year. The patients do not want to pay their yearly deductible and many people are recovering from the holidays. I find this is the best time for me to look over what worked and did not work over Read More...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Creating an Environment for a Successful Sleep Study
July 22, 2010 8:41 AM by Amy Reavis
There are many arguments about when a good sleep study starts. But to me, a set up begins the minute we get the patient on the phone for a PSG. Many labs use a receptionist to make the calls to schedule the appointment. However, many of these people are Read More...
Work-Life Balance Is a Tricky Business
June 29, 2010 1:03 PM by Amy Reavis
Growing up, I was taught you always want to act like you run the business you work for. You want it to be successful, profitable, and have a great reputation. I always have taken that to heart. Yet now as I am getting close to another birthday, I wonder Read More...
How Do You Motivate Staff Who Are Reluctant To Learn?
November 11, 2009 2:00 PM by Amy Reavis
I have pursued continuing education all my life. I graduated with my BA this past September. I regularly read many journals and bulletin boards about sleep. I forget sometimes that not everyone has this unending drive to learn more. This was evident when Read More...
Sleep Patients: Do as I Say, Not as I Do
October 28, 2009 12:54 PM by Amy Reavis
How many times have you heard the saying "do as I say, not as I do?" Well, that's what I should have been telling patients this week. I try to teach our patients about sleep hygiene. I talk about sleep routines and bedroom environment and having the pet Read More...
Fear of the Unknown in Accreditation
August 27, 2009 9:49 AM by Amy Reavis
We all have it. We all worry needlessly because of it. It can sometimes paralyze us. It's fear of the unknown. In this case, it's fear of the walk-through part of the accreditation process. The part I have been dreading since the day I was hired: having Read More...
Moving Out Of Your Comfort Zone
July 28, 2009 1:19 PM by Amy Reavis
In all new positions you will be asked to do new things. This is true whether you are doing the same skills or whether you are adding skills you have never done before. In my lab, I find that the new techs have difficulty remembering how to do the paperwork Read More...
The Paperwork Monster
June 29, 2009 4:31 PM by Amy Reavis
When I started as a manager there was a great deal of disorganization. Every time there was a problem, my solution was to create a new form. And so began the paperwork monster. We all know him intimately. The paperwork monster is there whenever you decide Read More...


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    Adventures in Sleep
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