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  • Sleep Educators Course

    I have to admit that the BRPT has really stepped up to create the next step of growth in our field. It is an impressive sight, when a conference room is overfilled and there are 300 eager people learning about the extended role of the educator. This was a motivated group of people open to learning new skills, the role of ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • Time for a Change in Work Scheduling

    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 headline laments the long 12-hour shifts nurses must work and how dissatisfied they become ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on November 21, 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
  • 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
  • Does On-Demand Testing Come at a Price?

    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 with the cost of the A-STEP is making it financially stressful for many people to take the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on August 9, 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
  • Sleep Studies and Co-morbidities

    The increase in sleep awareness has lead to more PSGs performed on patients with co-morbid conditions. We recently saw a COPD patient having an exacerbation and a patient with a mental disorder and possible seizures as well as several patients with anxiety and depressive disorders. All these patients required a great deal of skill by the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on April 2, 2010
  • Teens and Sleep

    This week my teenage son took his yearly standardized tests. He woke up at 6 a.m. to get ready for school so he can arrive just before 7 a.m. to take a test that will determine his future. More than half the students walked on campus with an energy drink, soda, or coffee in their hand. They were all yawning, dragging their feet, and looking like ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on March 23, 2010
  • The Trucking Industry Looks at Sleep

    Those of us who have been in the field for any length of time know that people who drive for a living have a higher than average chance of a sleep disorder. That's why the Sleep Apnea & Trucking Conference being held May 11-12 in Baltimore is so exciting. The conference, organized by the American Sleep Apnea Association and co-sponsored by the ...
    Posted to Adventures in Sleep (Weblog) on March 2, 2010
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