Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
Summer is here, so pull out the sunscreen, bathing suits, picnic baskets and beach towels. I hope you all have a great summer, so relax and get ready to go on your vacation to our National Meeting that is being held in sunny Pasadena, California at the end of August, 24-26, 2017. It will be held at the Pasadena Hilton. Here is the website to see the flyer for our National Meeting: https://www.asatt.org/conference/199/index.php. It will be a time filled with fun, learning and meeting up and networking with your fellow Anesthesia Tech’s from around the world. I will be anxiously waiting to see you all.
It is that time of year to nominate them for the Regional Education Awards. If someone that has contributed to or promoted education to the Anesthesia Technicians, please take the time to fill out the Regional Education Award Form and submit it to ASATT Headquarters before July 1st. I have provided the link below to make it easier for you to find. If you need further details, please do not hesitate to call me and I can email you the link or anything else you may need. https://www.asatt.org/files/RegionEducationAward/2017/RegionalEducationNominationForm2017.pdf I encourage every member to consider who in your region deserves this award. All nominations will go directly to the Regional Directors for review. If more than one person, facility, or company is nominated in a region, the Regional Director will ultimately choose the recipient. It is a great honor to receive this award for someone who has either helped you or a group of technicians and technologist to gain knowledge in the field of anesthesia technology? Or is they have volunteered their time to provide quality lectures for continuing education credits? Completed forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to Alex Llanas. Nominations for Regional Education Awards must be received no later than July 1, 2017.
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. 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.
Jonnalee, Burgess Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 2
I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for summer. I know I'm ready for the sun to shine and looking forward to my vacations.
Don't forget about our Annual Education conference in Pasadena CA this August. There's still time to register and I hope many of you can join us there. It's a great way to earn your CE's and get involved in the ASATT.
Remember if anyone is interested in holding a regional 2 conference please get in touch with me. I would love to see more opportunities open up for our region. Having a meeting gets you more time to earn your CE's for your certification.
I want to give a big THANK YOU to the ASATT members and speakers and vendors that attended the Baltimore conference. I enjoyed seeing everyone there and got great feedback. It shows that working together as a team and being involved we can hold our heads up high and be proud of who we are and what we do on a daily basis!!
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Region 2 Meeting - VA Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Gail Walker Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
Okay Region 3 members, it’s time to start thinking about either nominating someone you believe would make a good regional director for our area or consider running for the position yourself. It takes a commitment to advancing the profession of anesthesia technology; desire to help educate your peers and a willingness to be part of a Board of Directors that values everyone. Please contact me with questions and I’ll be more than happy to answer them. Please also go to the ASATT website for specific information.
2017 is going to be a big deal for us as an association. This is the first year we will be stepping away from the ASA and holding our meeting alone. The ASA is committed to seeing that we do well as an organization but appreciate our desire to stretch our wings and fly by ourselves for the first time. Please consider being a part of ASATT history as we take this huge step. Again, please visit the ASATT website for location, cost, etc.
I would also ask that you take a moment to reflect back on the past year and think of those that helped you as an individual and your department as a whole to help advance our profession. Nominations last year for the Regional Education Award for Region 3 were very few. Please remember it’s not the big grand gestures that make someone deserving…it’s the day to day commitment and perseverance that makes us stronger technologists. The nominations are due by July 1st. I know there is someone in your world that deserves so take a minute and let us know about them.
Gail Walker, Cer.A.T.
Region 3 Director
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 4,
With summer approaching fast that also mean the 2017 Annual National Conference is right around the corner. Registration is now open for the annual conference which will be held in beautiful Pasadena, Ca August 24-26 2017 Pasadena Hilton. Let’s get over to (ASATT.ORG) and start making plans to register for this wonderful event rooms go fast.
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 everyone has prepared for the craziness that is summer in anesthesia! This time of year we are all at the busiest. This time of year we see some strange stuff...
Injuries that are usually preceded by "Hey y'all watch this!"
Injuries that are followed by "You ain't ever gonna believe this..."
Neighborhood kids becoming daredevils and jumping off things that should'nt be jumped off of.
And the unfortunate ones that break our hearts.
So this summer, pay attention to the temperature.
The heat and humidity can really do a number on your health. Stay hydrated!
Water, water, water!
Pay attention to your body.
Since we will all be busier, take extra care of your body. Eat healthier foods. Get more rest. Cut out the junk food. Take your vitamins.
Pay attention to others.
Please pay extra attention to the elderly, children and your pets.
Don't leave anyone behind! Check your vehicle before you leave!
If there are elderly people in your neighborhood, check in on them. You may make a new friend. And it's the right thing to do.
Now let’s move along here.
My term is ending this year. I feel blessed to have been able to serve all of y'all over the last two years. I look back and see where we were and where we are currently. And I am looking forward now.
And I intend to run for re-election.
I hope you will support me.
I have many, many ideas for our region.
I listen to y ‘all when you ask questions and when you have ideas.
Together I know we can make Region 5 the very best!!
May was a good month in our region. We had a very well attended meeting in Plano on May 6. I would like to recognize Jacob Jhingree Cer AT and Andrea White Cer AT for coordinating a great meeting! Everyone had nothing but positive things to say.
Unfortunately we had to cancel the Little Rock meeting due to circumstances beyond our control. I would like to recognize both Susan Brown Cer AT and
William Peery Cer.A.T.T. for coordinating everything. Hopefully we can make it happen at another date!
We also have very good potential for meetings in Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Arlington this fall/winter!!
All of the proceeds for an ASATT Regional Meeting, goes to help improve our profession.
Here are the things I am working on this year:
1. More regional meetings
Update: Two previous hosts are interested in doing another meeting.
2.ASATT State Societies
Update: Have received very positive feedback. Currently working on zones for Texas and waiting for other states to contact me.
3. Online Meetings
Update: There are some legal issues that we are addressing and working towards resolving.
4. State recognition
I emailed all of my local, state and federal representatives and senators. I explained our job, how we are a valued part of the anesthesia care team and the future of our profession. I explained how ASATT is looking to be recognized by a state as a member of the anesthesia care team. I brought up the fact that a cosmetologist has a license, but we do not. We are involved, many times, in life or death situations. We deserve to be recognized as a part of the anesthesia care team. When, not if, when we are recognized by a state. State licensure is soon to follow. That means a higher profile and all the benefits that come with it.
I encourage all of you to do the same.
Email, email, email!
Together we can make great things happen!!
Email me and let’s get the ball rolling!!
ASATT is working tirelessly to get Certified Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists to be recognized in every state as a valued member of the Allied health team.
Once we are recognized, we have a clearer path to licensure.
ASATT is always working to raise the profile, raise the respect and raise the number of educational institutions offering technologist programs.
But we can't do it alone...
Get involved with your profession
"How do I get involved?"
Well let's take a look here...
- Plan a meeting- ask around if any MDA's, CRNA's, RRNA's, Cer AT or Cer ATT would be interested in sharing a presentation to help educate your fellow techs
- Find a "Champion"- someone who believes in making us better at our profession and is willing to help. This can be a CRNA, MDA, AORN representative or management.
- Ask questions- show that you are interested in learning more, people will appreciate that.
- Take notes- write down the info they relay to you. Write it down, then learn it, then put it into practice. It can only help you!
- Participate in ASATT- do you want to be more active in how your profession grows? Contact me and I will find out what committees are looking for help.
Register now for the National Educational Conference!!!
ASATT National Educational Conference is August 24-26, 2017 in Pasadena, California!!!!
There will be 13 CE's awarded for full participation!
This is a great way to network, meet fellow techs from across the world, and learn new information!
Check with other techs to see if you can share a room and save some money.
I hope to see y ‘all there!!
Come find me to get a special gift!
Regional Education Awards
Go to www.asatt.org for details!
This is the time of year when you get the opportunity to nominate someone who has really worked hard to make a difference for anesthesia techs. Nominate someone who helps techs get to the "next level".
Until next time...
Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
John Walker, Cer.A.T.T.
Hello region 6,
I hope everyone is getting there Summer off to a great start. Please don’t forget we have our Nation Educational Conference in Pasadena, California August 24 thru 26. 13 CE’s will be awarded for full participation Friday and Saturday. With limited space available for Sundays Cell Salvage workshop which can earn you up to another 4 CE’s. There will also be a educational conference October 7 in Santa Rosa, California. Which coincidentally is the same weekend of the 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair (www.harvestfair.org). It’s a great event and you can get some CE’s done before the end of year!
So the by far the question I get asked most is about the process of getting technologist certification. The latest Sensor has a great article to help explain the process of recertification. http://asatt.org/files/Certification/Recertificationinformation.pdf
But what I would like to talk about is what if you have multiple years of “on the job training” and currently work in the capacity as an anesthesia technician at your facility. Your kinda stuck in rock in hard place especially since hospitals are putting pressure on employees to get certified. That’s the exact situation my new co-worker is in and I would like to share it with you his experience thus far with an online program. http://www.cod.edu/programs/anesthesia_technology/index.aspx
The college of Dupage is CAAHEP approved program that offers three programs that will allow you to take the Anesthesia Technologist Certification Exam.
1. ASATT certified technicians:
a. Are eligible for the 16-week bridge course. There are two books required and it consists of reading, weekly discussions, weekly study guides we have written, and a weekly test.
b. The must complete an ASATT prior approval form that we have here at COD. They will have to pay ASATT $250.00 and will need to take ACLS prior to sitting for the national exam, but not prior to taking the course.
c. Next class begins Sept. 5-Dec. 22, 2017 = $525
d. After that – Jan. 15-May 4, 2018 = $525
e. After that – May 7 – Aug. 24, 2018 = $675 which is the final rate hike
f. Then – Aug. 27 – Dec. 14 2018
3. Folks with a degree of any kind but are not ASATT technicians
a. Only need to do the certificate portion
b. Will finish in 2 semesters
c. Can clep out of 3 clinical classes for $75.00 a course
d. Need to contact me immediately because deadline has been extended.
f. Will need a letter from manager on letter head stating they are working as an AT
g. Must take the reading and writing placement test remotely – see addition attachment
h. Current need to have an Anatomy and Physiology, medical terminology, and chemistry class, (I am changing this but that will not occur until Aug. 2018)
4. Folks with no degree, not ASATT certification
a. Will have to get AAS degree
b. Will need to complete the same prereqs above. (I will be deleting Chem. For Aug. 2018).
c. Will need to contact me above
d. Again, can clep out of clinical classes
e. See attached fee schedule.
f. COD currently is $135.00 per semester hour
There is a required placement test that will need to be taken at a hopefully near by college and the tuition is not cheap (the email I got they quoted me $4995) but I think this is a great way for those of us that can’t move back home and go to local JC :-). Anyone that's interest please feel free to contact me I would love help.
John Walker, Cer.A.T.T.
ASATT Region 6 Director
Delbert Macanas, Cer.A.T.T.
Howzit Region 7!!!
Summer is here… Did you make your plans for the summer? Are you taking any trips with the kids? Make many memories… Before you know it, your kids will be older and summer vacations will no longer exist. Have fun…
“It's all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.”
~ Philip Green ~
The meeting held on Saturday, May 13th, Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, WA, coordinated by John Gonzalez and his crew was a good event. There were 64 attendees and 11 vendors. This was the third consecutive year for this meeting at Overlake Hospital. Thank you to John and all of the vendors who have supported this event over the years. ASATT & I really appreciate everyone who has attended this meeting.
Region 7 has another meeting right around the corner. It’s not too late to attend our next meeting. On Saturday, June 17th the rescheduled Kaiser Sunnyside meeting was moved to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland, OR. It will be held at the OHSU Dental/Medical School. Kellie Hines and friends are still organizing the meeting. Justin Akamine has also been very instrumental helping Kellie revive this meeting. The meeting registration is open, please check the website for details.
Upcoming Region 7 Educational Meetings:
Sunday, August 6th the Hawaii Meeting at Pacific Beach Hotel by myself.
Saturday, September 23rd at EvergreenHealth coordinated by Joe Fitzgerald and staff.
Mario Saldana and Matthew Davis are still looking to have a meeting in October.
If you can help secure a speaker or sponsor, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
We are still on track to have five Educational Meetings in Region 7 for two years in a row. Awesome Region 7!!! Thank you very much. Please continue to support our next/new Region 7 Director.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”
~ Pele ~
We still need more people to plan meetings to get a taste of what it takes to coordinate meetings. More people with experience organizing a meeting, the better it is for ASATT and our profession. 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. It is a 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 achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.”
~ Vince Lombardi ~
Upcoming CRNA State Annual Meetings, check the website for approved CE’s.
Don’t forget this year’s ASATT Annual Meeting will be our first “independent” meeting without the ASA or AANA. It will be held on August 24-27, at the Pasadena Hilton in Pasadena, CA. Please make plans to attend this historic meeting and make it a success.
We have made tremendous strides for us to get to this point. Many of our vendors have already made the commitment to support this momentous meeting. Please be one of the attendees who will join us at the meeting. Registration is open and you have until the end of June to take advantage of the Early Bird pricing. The agenda is posted and there are additional CE opportunities on Sunday.
“Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”
~ Steve Jobs ~
Find a friend/peer to share a room with to cut your hotel room cost. ASATT will start researching things to do in Pasadena and the surrounding areas. I hope to see many Region 7 members there. There are many reasonably priced flights from Portland & Seattle to LAX.
There are so many things to do and see in the Golden State. There is a bus that will take you from Pasadena to Universal Studios for $2-3.00 and will take you an hour. A train/tram can get you to Disneyland for $11-15.00 in a couple of hours. Or you can visit the historic Rose Bowl, Old Pasadena, or Pasadena City Hall (silhouette on the ASATT logo). Have some fun… Take a few extra days vacation…
Throughout this year ASATT will be looking at having more lectures to help the Certified Anesthesia Technologists utilize the “Advancement” section for the Refreshed/Advancement/Provisional Program. The College of DuPage has assembled an online AT Bridge Program approved by ASATT that will help you become eligible to take the Technologist Exam. But remember you must be a currently “Certified Anesthesia Technician”.
The Regional Director position is up for election this year. I will be vacating the position to become President. If you are interested in running for the position and in good standing with ASATT, please check the website for further details.
“The only way forward, if we are going to improve the quality of the environment, is to get everybody involved.”
~ Richard Rogers ~
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!!! (This is repeated.)
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
~ Leonardo da Vinci ~