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  • Election Time

    I am excited to see the elections this year. There are many new people on the ballot and the desire to bring new blood into the AAST and for more people to be involved is very exciting. I have also seen more people volunteering for committees. This again is exciting as our field grows and changes.  Why am I so ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • Elections and Volunteers

    This is that time of year when our associations are looking for us to step up to the plate. It is the time for us to have an influence on our field and those we chose to represent us. This is the time of year when I see so many complaints and so little action that I want to scream.  I have volunteered for several years on the AAST ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on February 13, 2014
  • The AAST Strategic Plan: On Target or Missing the Mark?

    The AAST is aware of the changes in the field and the concern that some technologists have about its relationship with the AASM. To this end, the organization's board has updated its strategic plan to help increase its effectiveness at creating a strong, cohesive community. In some ways, this strategic plan is strong; in others, it misses the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on September 20, 2012
  • The Future of Sleep Medicine: Questions Asked To Its Leaders, part III

    Editors Note: This is the third in a series of blogs where Amy Korn Reavis, RPSGT, asks her mentors, role models, and people she admires about the field of sleep, how they got here, and what the future might hold. Sheri Ruth, RRT, RPSGT is one of the people I had the opportunity of meeting in North Carolina.  She is an amazing woman with a ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on June 1, 2012
  • Getting to Know our Leaders in the Sleep Field

    Editors Note: This is the second in a series of blogs where Amy Korn Reavis asks her mentors, role models, and people she admires about the field of sleep. View part I here. The next two people who answered my questions are people who I have learned a great deal from. Henry Johns is one of the original leaders in the sleep field. When I worked ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on April 4, 2012
  • Educating Future Sleep Managers

    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 I was with the technicians I worked with. They really understand that they're on the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on November 8, 2010
  • Celebrate Sleep Tech Appreciation Week

    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. On it you will see how others have celebrated, activities such as a crossword and word search, a ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on September 30, 2010
  • Work-Life Balance Is a Tricky Business

    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 if this belief, which I have shared with my children, is truly worth some of the things I have ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on June 29, 2010
  • Working Together to Improve Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

    I have mentioned before that I want to get involved with sleep and respiratory on a larger scale. Well, the opportunity hit me a couple of weeks ago when I was asked to attend the tri-county school board meeting. In attendance were representatives from the two community colleges, the area university, the local hospitals, a community member, ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on June 17, 2010
  • AAST Needs Our Support

    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 membership (I'm truly passionate about growing this field and the organization). Both these causes ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on February 17, 2010