Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
My back surgery was a success and now I am back to work. Happy Holidays to you all and enjoy as much time with the loved ones that you can.
I have had numerous inquiries about the PGA that is held yearly in New York City. I have been in contact with Novamed, they decided not to attend the NY PGA Conference this year as exhibit hall attendance was not what they expected. 1/3 of the pre-registrants were no shows, for the seminar that they held. The Regional ASATT meeting which they held for 3 consecutive years was well attended; they are looking forward to attending a Regional Meeting in their area.
On that note, if you are interested in earning free CE’s, please send me an email and we can discuss the specifics on just how to do this. My goal for Region 1 was to have at least 3 meetings this year; however we only have one on the calendar as of right now. It is not too late to help us all in getting the CE’s that we all need to recertify. It is all about team work and together we can accomplish this goal with no doubts. Please let me know if you are, or would like to have a Regional Meeting. I would be so happy if I could get 3 of you held a Regional Meeting, of course more is better. You and your helpers will get free CE’s and we all know how hard they are to get. I will do a majority of the leg work. You would be responsible to get a place to hold the meeting and have the speakers that will volunteer their time to speak. Also, you will need to speak to the vendors that visit your facility and convince them to attend. A lot of good contacts for them and leads for new and more business. When we are creating your conference, you may want to do a half day, or if you want to do 2 days, that is fine too. I promise you will not be disappointed. ASATT is working on making a temporary Certificate of Attendance available on the day of the meeting. I look forward to hearing back from you. If you say you want to have a meeting, and you are not sure of when, we can figure the date out after the first of the year.
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.
This is just a friendly reminder, for those of you who need to be recertified this year. Go to the website www.asatt.org, on the very first page it explains how to recertify. If you have any questions regarding what is accepted, please check the website first. If your recertification is next year, it is NEVER too early to start thinking about the status on the CE’s earned, and how many you will need for your next cycle. It is no fun to have your back against the wall at the end of the year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. I am not guaranteeing that I can answer it; however I will find out and get back to you in a timely manner.
Jonnalee, Burgess Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 2
With the holidays approaching quickly I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, filled with many wonderful memories with their family and friends.
I will be holding a meeting on February 24, 2018 at Johns Hopkins. I've sent it out to be posted on the ASATT website. I will also be holding a meeting on March 10,2018 at Upmc pinnacle health, Harrisburg hospital this will also be posting soon to the ASATT website. I'm very excited about both of these meetings. Thank you to the people that have volunteered their time to make this possible!! Remember if you would like to help hold a Region 2 meeting please contact me. I would love to hold one in the Michigan area, so let's pull together and make this happen in 2018. Remember without us technologist and Technicians we would not have been able to make the ASATT a great organization! Thank you to each and every one of you that makes this possible and your commitment to our working force.
Lastly if you’re up for recertification in 2017 don't wait too the last minute to do it that's one of the perks belonging to the ASATT because they already have your CE's on hand and this makes the process much easier.
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Trevon Logan Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
Trevon Logan, Cer.A.T.
Region 3 Director
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 4,
Pasadena was great but Vegas is going to be even better. Yep next 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 “Save the Dates” notice for our Spring Meeting; tentative date is (4.28.18) held in Bolingbrook Illinois. Target Registration date is February 27th. 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.
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Region 4 Director
(IA IL MN MO ND SD WI)
Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region Five!!!!
I hope all is well with you and your families! Now that Halloween has passed and we have gotten off our sugar highs….it’s time for Thanksgiving! So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I have to ask….
What are you thankful for?
Well I am thankful for my family, my friends, my broheems (these are close friends that are similar to brothers and sisters…but go above and beyond), my job, my profession and my colleagues at ASATT.
As I work and perform my duties as your director, I always ask….
”How can I improve myself and my profession?”
One thing all of us anesthesia techs can do is teach new techs. Everyone of us has techs that are new to the profession. Wouldn’t it behoove us to educate and train our new techs to be as good as we are? These are the people who will be “fighting in the trenches” with us. We need to train these folks up. Help with their skills, their competence, their confidence. All of us has it in us to help raise the next generation to our level and even better. They are our future. They are our teammates. They are our lunch relief!
Education is the key
We can all educate our coworkers in new methods. We can all educate our coworkers on proper technique. We can all educate our coworkers on new equipment. We are all in this together.
A great way to show your boss that you care about the future is to have an ASATT regional meeting.
Showcase your facility! Showcase your team! Improve your education! Improve your teams education!
Email me!! We can do it together!! It’s not easy, but it’s not hard! I am here for all of you. That is what I do. Do you have a stressful situation? Email me. Do you need to talk and vent? Email me. I will set aside time and speak with you individually. Don’t fight your battle alone! I will talk with you. We can work something out.
We are a team.
If you are needing CE’s… I have a meeting in San Antonio Texas on Dec 9. Come on down!!! It may be snowy and cold where you are, San Antonio is very mild. A beautiful city, even more beautiful with the Christmas lights along the Riverwalk. Come on out! If it is your first time, Texans are a warm welcoming people! So come on out, I will buy you a Lone Star.
I want everyone to show your appreciation to our veterans! If it was not for their service, we would not have our freedoms. I like to buy soldiers meals when they are in uniform. If I see a person with a hat that says “Veteran”, I always make eye contact and shake their hand. Let them know that they are appreciated! We cannot say it enough!
With the holidays approaching, some people in our communities struggle. I have been there growing up. Sometimes life just ain’t fair. We can do something. Volunteer. Donate. Help out at the local Food Bank. Help out at your local shelters.
Do you know of someone who gets the blues during the holidays? A new person at work with no family nearby? Open your homes and our hearts. Help a fellow person out. You may make a new friend, change someone’s life, save someone’s life or make a broheem. All of these things we may take for granted, someone could really treasure.
Make a difference
It’s up to all of us to make this world a better place. All it takes is a little effort. A little nudge. A little sumpin’ sumpin’. I know we can do it…together.
Good night and God Bless,
Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
New Director Coming
Hello region 6,
ASATT Region 6 Director
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Final Region 7 message for Delbert Macanas, Sr.
Howzit Region 7!!!
It’s already October… Fall is settling in, football season is in full swing. But, most of all post season baseball is upon us. I hope all of you are doing well and gearing up for the holiday season to make memories with family and friends.
“The most beautiful things are not associated with money;
they are memories and moments.
If you don't celebrate those, they can pass you by.”
~ Alek Wek ~
Congratulations goes to Justin Akamine!!! He has been appointed the new Region 7 Director. Please continue to support him as much as you have supported me over the years.
Region 7 has had four successful meetings in 2017, one more to go…
We have one last meeting to go… Saturday, December 9th at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital, being coordinated by Mario Saldana, Matt Davis, team. Make plans to attend the meeting, especially if you need CE’s.
Region 7 will have had TEN Educational Meetings over the past two years. That is the current record for amount of meetings over a two year period. Awesome Region 7!!! Thank you very much. Please continue to support our next/new Region 7 Director.
This is Repeated…
Who would like to earn FREE CE’s in 2018 or 2019? Please contact Justin if you are interested in earning the FREE CE’s. As I have said many times before… “It’s not easy, but it’s not hard”.
We need more people to coordinate or plan meetings to get the experience of what it takes to coordinate meetings. If a larger percentage of our membership would have, “coordinate/plan an ASATT meeting” as a goal in life. Can you imagine how much better ASATT would become? The more people with experience organizing a meeting, the better it is for ASATT and our profession. The hardest part of planning a meeting… secure enough speakers for the meetings. There have been many comments about seeing the same speaker multiple times, it’s because they are ready, willing, and want to help educate us.
In future years, people from different cities and states can alternate hosting a meeting every other year. This will lift the burden off people coordinating a meeting every year. Coordinating and helping with meetings is a great way to get free CE’s too. If you are interested in coordinating a meeting in your area please contact your Regional Director. Like I have said before… “It’s not easy, but it’s not hard.” If you contact me directly, I will gladly lend a hand. “The goal is to have a regional meeting in every state of Region 7.”
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”
~ Tony Robbins ~
Keep checking the ASATT Website for upcoming CRNA State Annual Meetings and check for approved CE’s at these meetings. The Oregon CRNA Meeting is schedule for November 16-19, 2017.
Are you up for re-certification this year? Please do not mess around with your CE’s. Or if you just re-certified, start accumulating CE’s for your next cycle. In this day and age of internet information… the excuse “I did not know”, does not hold any water. Ignorance is not an excuse. Sorry!!! As I have said many times, poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on ASATT’s part. Take pride in our profession… It is our profession!!!
Region 7 it has been an honor and a privilege serving as your Regional Director. I can’t tell you how much I really appreciate all that you have done for our profession. We have accomplished so much together, please help continue the success we created. Mahalo nui loa!!!
“I've been so lucky to work with such great people:
people that are such hard workers and have such a respect and appreciation for one another.”
~ Blake Lively ~
10/17Region 7 Director