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Jonnalee Burgess Cer.A.T.

Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.

CT-ME-MA-NH-NJ-NY-RI-VT

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Hello Region 1,

Do not for forget that March 31st, is

Anesthesia Tech Day

 

We have two meetings so far for this year. I am so thankful to Alex Villanueva, Angel Martinez and Alvin Mangubat. They have offered to do this for us. More CEU’s just like you all requested. You too can earn free CEU’s by holding a meeting. If you would like to learn how, send me an email or call me. Once we get the speakers finalized, we can post the registration and brochure for each of the meetings. Keep checking on the ASATT website for registration information for both meetings. There will be a limit for 100 people on each of these meetings. Please email topics that you would like to have presented at the meetings.

The first one is on Saturday, May 5th from 7:00AM-4:00PM for the meeting being held at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ. The next one will be on Saturday, May 19th from 8am-4pm, being held at NYU Langone Brooklyn, in Brooklyn NY. We're working on the details and will keep you all informed.

We are looking for your talent for the 2018 Anesthesia Tech Day poster. If you have ideas or if you know someone who does have some catchy ideas, please have them submit it ASAP to ASATT Headquarters. Anesthesia Tech Day is on March 31st every year. Mark your calendars, and make sure you let your co-workers or boss know about this special day for you. If they do decide to celebrate, make sure you take or have someone else take pictures so we can add them to the April Web Report.

We have new merchandise coming real soon. I will tell you that I think you will all be VERY pleased with the new items. ASATT Headquarters will be sending out a mass email blast to all members to let them know when we have the new merchandise so you can order some. I will also make sure that I do have all items at the Regional Meetings, so you can see what we have available. Not sure just how many of each item, that I can bring, so if you want to order it online you can do that as well.

This year our 29th Annual Educational Conference will be August 23rd – 25th. It will be held in Las Vegas, NV at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Start making your plans and reservations now. Our annual meeting will be here before you know it. Start planning on your opportunity to earn even more CEU’s.  Watch for Registration for this meeting as well.

The ASATT Sensor is always looking for new articles on Science and Technology. One of the greatest incentives is to see your name in print; it is one of the many great ways to get involved with ASATT. As well, ASATT awards an annual prize worth $1,500 for the chosen published article (plus it’s a great way to earn CEs). Details on the requirements can be found on ASATT’s website.

2/18


Jonnalee, Burgess Cer.A.T.

Region 1 Director

 

 

Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.

Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.

DE-IN-MD-MI-OH-PA-VA-WV

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Hello Region 2

I hope everyone is doing well. I know everyone is hoping for spring to come soon, I know I am.

I'm getting very excited about the Region 2 conferences coming up that will be held in Baltimore MD and Harrisburg PA. I hope you can join us. It's a great way to meet new friends and to see old friends. Thank you to everyone that has helped to make this happen!! Remember without you Technologists and Technicians we couldn't make this possible.
Please remember about Anesthesia Tech March 31st.  If you have any photos please submit them so we can post them to the ASATT website. You can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I would love to hear how everyone celebrated this day.

Please start planning for our next annual conference that will be held in Las Vegas August 23-25, 2018 at Bally's Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. I hope you can join us, like I said its great way to see old friends and meet new friends and a great way to earn your CE's. Remember if you belong to the ASATT they post them so it's a much easier way when you’re up for your re-certification. 

If anyone is interested in holding a regional 2 conference please let me know. You can email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2/18

Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T

Region 2 Director

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Trevon Logan, Cer.A.T.

Trevon Logan Cer.A.T.

AL-FL-GA-KY-NC-SC-TN

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Greetings Region 3!!

Greetings, I am the new Region 3 Director of ASATT wanting to wish you and your family a Happy holiday and a happy new year.

*Reminder the deadline for recertification is Dec 31, 2017 for those you who are due this year. Please include a late fee of $50 for extension at that time until Jan 31, 2018 only.

If anyone is interested in the information on the College of Dupage Anesthesia Technology on-line program, please contact Kathy Cabai @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If I must say so myself this is a wonderful program. I just completed the class myself September 2017.

Check back later for updates on the Spring meeting tentatively scheduled for April 7, 2018 at the Durham VA Hospital Durham NC 27705.

12/17

Trevon Logan, Cer.A.T.

Region 3 Director

 

Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.

Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.

IL-IA-MN-MO-ND-SD-WI

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Hello Region 4,

Pasadena was great but Vegas is going to be even better. Yep this year 2018 is planned for Las Vegas which is always a good time. It’s never too early to start planning for your annual conference plan early and save what a great concept I think.

I also want to give a date for our Spring Meeting (4.28.18) it will be held in Bolingbrook Illinois. Target Registration date is February 20th. I also have a Fall session planned for October at the same location those plans are still in the very early stages Please check back to the ASATT web site for more precise details.

I’m still receiving quite a few emails and phone calls asking about the College of Dupage (Illinois) Anesthesia Technology on line programs. Please email Kathy Cabai This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have and don’t forget to ask about the bridge program. Kathy is also looking for hospitals to take on the College of Dupage students for the clinical rotations. Please get in contact with her if your institution can help. Stay warm and safe region 4.

2/18

Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.

Region 4 Director

(IA IL MN MO ND SD WI)

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Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.

Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T.

AR-CO-KS-LA-MS-NE-OK-TX

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Greetings Region Five!!!!

Greetings Region 5!

            Well here we are rockin and rollin thru 2018! I hope all is well with all of y’all and your families! I wanted to cover a few topics this month. So without any further ado…

Regional Meetings

            As we all work towards getting our CE’s to maintain our certification, please don’t wait til the last minute! This is undo stress upon you. Attend an Official ASATT Regional Meeting, accept no substitutes! If you are a member of ASATT, in good standing, your CE’s will be loaded on the database. When it is time to recertify…easy peasy…click and done! What is “in good standing”? That means “don’t let your membership lapse”. Being a member has its privileges. One is a discount for Official ASATT Regional Meetings. I have two fees, member and non-member.

Two is the loading and tracking of your CE’s!

Currently I have 6 meetings planned for 2018!

  1. March 10, 2018 at Christus Santa Rosa Alamo Heights in San Antonio, Texas
  2. March 31, 2018 at UTSW in Dallas, Texas
  3. September 8, 2018 in Denver, Colorado location TBD
  4. September 29, 2018 at Texas Health Ft Worth in Ft Worth, Texas
  5. October 2018 at UTSW in Dallas, Texas…date TBD
  6. December 8, 2018 at Christus Santa Rosa Alamo Heights in San Antonio, Texas

I am also working on meetings in…

Galveston, Texas

Shreveport, La

Biloxi, Miss

And anywhere else y’all want to have a meeting!! I am willing and ready to have a meeting in your area. Email me and lets get going!

And don’t forget…

Las Vegas!!! August 23-26, 2018!!

At Bally’s Hotel and Casino

This will be an epic conference because…well..it’s Vegas!! So start planning now to have a fantastic time and gain some excellent knowledge. Registration will be open soon! Early bird gets the worm!

Education

I am so happy to announce that there will be 2 Anesthesia Technologist programs starting in 2018!

Tarrant County College in Ft. Worth

Oklahoma City Community College

Reach out to these fine establishments for more info!

If you are a Certified Anesthesia Technician…lets all work towards becoming TECHNOLOGISTS!! It is the next step in the evolution of our profession.

Way back when, nurses had RNs who were graduates of hospital programs and LVN’s. Now most RN’s are graduates of 2 yr Associate programs and 4 yr Bachelor programs. More and more hospitals are urging their nurses to get their bachelor degrees. Some hospitals won’t hire 2 yr degree graduates!

The same with CST’s. Their profession has evolved and so will ours.

Now is the time to advance before you have to go thru a program! Do not wait. Look at how many non-certified techs who are wishing they were certified! That window of opportunity has closed my friends. Lets not have that happen again!!

As more programs come online, the dream of becoming a licensed professional is getting closer to fruition. Education is the key!

Anesthesia Tech Day is March 31!!!

Are you a creative sort? Submit a poster for Anesthesia Tech Day!! Submit you pics of how you celebrate!

I remember back in the day when Anesthesia Tech Day was not observed. People asked “You have a day?” Sometimes it felt like that classic scene from the classic Caddyshack when the caddies had pool day from 1200 to 1205!

But now more people are recognizing us for what we bring to the table.

Knowledge

Skill

Problem Solving

Assistance

Professionalism

Excellence

We are not an extension of housekeeping! We are an extension of anesthesia!

These things did not happen overnight. These things happened because of our veteran anesthesia techs! They worked, fought and bled to make it better for all current techs. Working the long hours, the endless call shifts, the difficult Drs and administrators. They created ASATT to establish a scope of practice and to move this profession forward.

Now is the time for you to step forward. Contact me. Volunteer to be on committees. Volunteer to improve our profession. Volunteer to help educate. Volunteer to coordinate a regional meeting. Get involved. Make a difference.

ASATT Merchandise

We are currently working on some really cool ASATT merchandise! From tshirts to ball caps to hoodies and other cool things. They will be on the ASATT website soon! Order stuff for your techs for Anesthesia Tech Day, March 31!!

Thanks and God Bless,

2/18

Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.

Region 5 Director

 

New Director Coming

AZ-CA-NM-NV-UT

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Hello region 6,

Most of you already know me, due to other obligations Johnny needed to resign his position as Region 6 Director. In the meantime, I will be covering the Region. Right now, we are seeking a motivated person for Interim Region 6 Director. If you have been considering running for office, please feel free to contact me, I would be happy to explain the position and its responsibilities. This is a great opportunity for someone to make a short commitment, to get an idea of what it entails. The rewards are great, how else can someone effectively support change than direct involvement?

As Acting Director, I have begun to plan a meeting in Pasadena, I also have interest in a potential meeting in New Mexico, I will keep you posted as to when and the details. If you would like to have a meeting in your area, please let me know.

Otherwise, there is a lot going on with ASATT, planning the Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, to include lectures that will provide CE’s towards technologist advancement. A Program Directors Workshop and we are looking to have a Leadership Meeting. This meeting is to offer skills and insight to what it takes to run a professional organization and to serve as a leader to others. The course is intended to prepare the future leaders of ASATT. As the profession grows we must nurture our future leaders, several of us are on our way out of these roles. We must therefore provide for our future.

On the professional forefront, we are reaching out to other professional organizations to inform them of our standardized educational processes. Our association liaisons work hard to help represent us, recently Joe Answine submitted an article about us, which was published in Anesthesiology, ASA’s periodical.   Our scope of practice will be revised soon, the outline that reflects current practice is also being reviewed. The number of accredited programs will be increasing. We have adopted a Letter of Review, which allows newly formed programs the opportunity of review prior to accreditation. This enables students to qualify for the technologist examination and the opportunity for the program to make changes and improvements to meet the accreditation standards. So far, we have five programs that have either completed or are in the process of this review. Programs are beginning all over the country and the request for certified technologists is increasing.  We are well on our way as a recognized profession.

Region 6 is a great region to belong to. We have large numbers of certified technologists and technicians, and work to advance the profession on a consistent basis.

2/18

Respectfully submitted, 
Vicki Reyes
Acting ASATT Region 6 Director
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Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.

AK-HI-ID-MT-OR-WA-WY

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Happy New Year region 7!

I hope everyone had a great 2017 and let's make 2018 even better.

First I’d like to extend a thank you to region 7 members, the hard working people at ASATT, and Delbert for giving me this opportunity to be a part of ASATT. I'm looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible. 

Down to business. We are looking at 4 meetings for this year. More information about meetings will be posted as we confirm dates. With that thought, any burning ideas for lectures you want to learn about? Would you like to host a meeting? Reach out to me, let's talk about it. 

"it's not easy, but it's not hard." 

-Delbert Macanas 

Reminders

Our annual ASATT conference will be held in Las Vegas at Bally’s hotel August 24-25 hope to see you all there.

Don't forget anesthesia tech day is March 31st.

Thank you 

1/18

 
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Region 7 Director