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  • Co-workers Inspire Praise

    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 group of professionals you'd be hard pressed to find.  These people come in ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 6, 2011
  • Moving to the Next Level

    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?''  When I put that question out on one of the sleep bulletin boards I got a ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on May 5, 2011
  • Another Credential Won't Tell the Whole Story

    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, a few articles later, I became less emotional and tried to look at ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on February 25, 2011
  • Sleep Credentials: The Infighting Continues

    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 the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). They have decided that since the Board ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on January 27, 2011
  • 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
  • How Can You Nurture Sleep Techs With Low Self-Esteem?

    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 their jobs. However, techs with low self-esteem can derail this goal. For whatever reason, they ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on November 1, 2010
  • Sleep Techs Need to Understand How Insurance Works

    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 desk. I have found that the more I understand about our field and the way we are paid, the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 15, 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
  • Avoid Taking Shortcuts in the Sleep Lab

    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 really believe that if you take your time and measure and clean the sites well, you will get the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 20, 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