Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
Here we are in the fall, already. Before we know it that nasty white stuff will be falling from the sky. Thank you to Efrain Martinez, an Anesthesia Tech from Montefiore Medical Center. He is the recipient of the Regional Educational Award for Region 1 for hosting such an amazing meeting and assisting his fellow Anesthesia Techs to get the CEU’s needed to recertify. He looks forward to holding more meetings in the future. He also has an amazing outlook at our profession: his outlook is that if we do not go the extra mile to help other Anesthesia Techs to learn and help them get the CEU’s that they need who will? There are not many meetings in our Region to do just that for our members. The Regional Meeting that he hosted was in Bronx at the Montefiore Medical Center was on Saturday April 8th. Numerous people who were extremely impressed with this meeting as we had over 100 registrants!! Thank you to our vendors whom support us in so many ways; Nova Med, Halyard and Codan were the only vendors present, however there were others that supported us in other ways. The vendors contributed to our breakfast and breaks, so when you see the vendors from any company, please make sure to thank them for support to ASATT. It was a success in so many ways. Thank you to Carole Schuler from Nova Med and Tom Witts from Codan; both are extremely supportive to ASATT. I also want to thank the speakers that we had which had lectures that were a wealth of information.
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.
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 CEU’s that we all need to recertify. It is all about team work and together we can accomplish this goal with no doubts.
The Annual Meeting in Pasadena, California was a success as it was the first time that we were on to our own venue. Future meetings are as follows:
2018 Las Vegas, Nevada will be in August and again on our own venue
2019 Orlando, Florida we will be following the ASA in October
2020 Fort Worth, Texas dates to be announced, but again on our own venue
Start saving for your vacations now, they are all going to be full of adventure and new learning experiences as well as a dual purpose: Education and Vacation.
For those of you that do not know. I am your Regional Director for another 2 years. If you would like to learn more on becoming a part of the Board of Directors, do not hesitate to reach out and I would be more than happy to help any of you. It is very rewarding. Thank you and I look forward to the next 2 years as your Regional Director.
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 great, Making wonderful memories with their families and just enjoying this beautiful weather it's hard to believe we are in October.
I had originally planned on having a meeting on Nov 4, 2017 at this time it will be postponed until I find a place to hold the conference. If anyone has a facility that we can use let me know as soon as possible. I wanted to get 3 meetings in before this year ended.
Remember if you are interested in holding a regional meeting in your area please contact me thru email. It's a great way for all of us to earn our CE's. Remember if you are up to re-certify don't wait till the last minute. You are the one that worked so hard to earn your certification don't let it get away. I am very proud of each and every one of us for what we have made the ASATT, without us Technologist and Technicians we wouldn't have this organization.
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Gail Walker Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
I was, sadly, unable to attend our national meeting last month because of a family situation that took precedent over my ASATT obligations. I look forward to getting together every year with old friends I haven't seen in a long time, colleagues so that we can trade war stories and, probably my favorite, seeing all the new young professionals entering the field. As us older members slowly relinquish the ASATT reins to these younger ones, it is in the hopes that we have started a process that they will continue on and make their own. I have one more month of being your regional director and I hope to make it productive for all of us.
Speaking of productive, it's getting towards the end of the year and you know what that means for many of you; recertification time. Please don't let December 31 sneak up on you and not have enough CEs. You've worked so hard to get where you are now. If you have questions or need help, you know how to get in touch with me. Even if you don't need anything in particular, drop me a line.
Gail Walker, Cer.A.T.
Region 3 Director
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 4,
The date is set for our annual spring meeting please save the date (April 28th 2018). The selected site is Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in Bolingbrook Illinois. We have lined up terrific speakers with great topics. Please make plans to attend and be sure you give us your feedback on how to improve YOUR future conferences. We anticipate future conferences will represent a cross section of speakers from throughout the region who are committed to the growth and development of anesthesia technicians and technologists. If any member is willing to organize a meeting in your state, I would support your efforts and help in any way I can. I would be remiss if I did not take this opportunity to ask all to join me in congratulating Janet Patrine as our Region 4 educational award winner.
Being that January is the month that numerous tech’s start to collect CEU’S I want to keep in my report on how to go about. One resource for CEU’s is the great website-www.anesthesiatechpearls.com. Region 4 Spring 2018 meeting, along with a 2018 October meeting, worth up to 7 CEU’S per meeting. The national meeting scheduled for Las Vegas 2018, will offer a minimum of 13CEU’S. Another resource for your CEU’s is the quiz you can submit from our quarterly ASATT magazine the Sensor. In addition to the above-mentioned meetings. Please check back for updates and do not hesitate to get in contact with me if you have any questions.
Happy Fall Region 4,
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Region 4 Director
(IA IL MN MO ND SD WI)
Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region Five!!!!
First off, I want to let the people of the Texas gulf coast know that they are in everyone’s thoughts and prayers. If you want to donate either time or money, please donate to the
or to Global Giving...https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/
or to the SPCA....https://secure.humanesociety.org
Every little bit can help those in need in many areas along the Gulf Coast. A little bit of help can make a huge difference in many lives.
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."-
"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little."
Our National Education Conference has come and gone. It was also great to see so many techs interested in moving our profession forward! For the success of our profession it will take all of us, working hard toward our goals. I had the honor of awarding the Region 5 Education Award to Mohammed Hamza Cer.A.T.T. Mohammed has stepped forward countless times to coordinate regional meetings, present at other regional meetings and has gone above and beyond!
"ASATT- What do they do?"
This is a question that I have heard many times, and I am sure I will hear again.
"The mission of the American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians (ASATT) is to establish a professional entity for the field of anesthesia technology that will positively affect healthcare and quality standards by raising the standards of patient care and by providing a safe and positive environment."-www.asatt.org
ASATT represents ALL techs.
Non-certified, Certified Anesthesia Technicians and Certified Anesthesia Technologists working to advance our profession.
How do we advance our profession?
- 1. Membership- becoming a member of ASATT shows that you want to have a hand in the shaping of our future. You can take the Sensor quizzes online. You also get a discounted rate for Regional and National Meetings.
- 2. Education- ASATT raising awareness of our profession through Technologist programs and regional/national meetings.
- Application- putting into practice what we learn at ASATT meetings.
- Representation- ASATT works closely with ASA and AANA to raise the profile of all techs and to further our profession. They understand that more involved techs are the future of healthcare. ASATT is also working on a pathway to licensure. It is a looooong journey, but one that must be taken.
- Advocate- ASATT works as an advocate for techs with different organizations, institutions and states for betterment of our profession.
Raise our Profile, Raise the Respect, Raise our Profession
Raise our Income
As we techs grow in our profession. As we increase our skills and education. We will increase the level of respect for ourselves and our profession. As we raise our respect, we raise the profile. When our profile is raised, our income will increase. It won't happen overnight, but it will happen. This is a marathon, not a sprint.
Become a member-https://asatt.org/join.taf
Now, how can you participate in making a difference? Contact your regional director to coordinate a regional meeting or volunteer on a committee.
"What's in it for me?"
If you coordinate a regional meeting, you get that meeting free. FREE CE'S!!! But we're not done there! If you are the "Lead Coordinator" for the meeting....you get an extra CE at the end of the year!!! Your regional director would decide who the Lead Coordinator is. Typically I will make the person who made initial contact about the meeting the Lead.
If you are an active member of a committee, you will receive One Extra CE per year! Your participation will be determined by your chairperson. Volunteer positions are available to all ASATT members.
"Why should I become a member?"
If you consider yourself to be a professional, shouldn't you be a member of the professional society? Here a few reasons why....
1. Broaden your knowledge: Professional organizations sometimes offer courses, seminars and/or lectures to keep themselves and their members up to date on the latest industry innovations, research and trends. Staying informed on your industry’s trends will only help you in the long run and will put you one step ahead of the competition!
2. Take charge of your career: Take advantage of career resources. Associations often have job listings online or in print available only to their members. This is a great way to find targeted job postings for your area of interest.
3. Build a better resume: Many organizations have career resources available such as tips on effective resumes or cover letter writing. Listing your association membership on your resume is impressive to current or future employers as it shows that you are dedicated to staying connected in your profession.
4. Enhance your network: We all know that networking is key for the movers and shakers of the community! Making connections is critical, and joining associations give countless opportunities to connect on a local and sometimes even global level. For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals.
5. Be a Leader: Professional associations give you an opportunity to develop your skills as a leader, and this is important not only for your personal growth, but for your growth in your firm.
6. Become a mentor: Giving back can be the greatest reward and benefit. Participating in forums, chat groups or discussion boards sponsored by an association is also a great way to grow your network. This allows you to use your peers as sounding boards and often make some great friends with the same interests as you.
7. Make a new friend: Use professional networking groups as an opportunity to escape the norm and meet new people that may give you a reason to come out of your shell a bit more and have fun.
8. Give back to the community: There are plenty of organizations that coordinate socially conscious initiatives to support community efforts. Whether it is a nearby animal shelter or a food drive for a local charity, there are sure to be plenty of options for you to choose for if you are looking to give back.
9. Strength in Numbers: You may have ideas for cultivating partnerships, yet not feel up to shouldering all the responsibility to organize them. In a community organization, you have access to an established support system of experienced people who are motivated to get things done. The battle is half-won!
10. Stay Inspired and Stay Motivated: Learn to love what you do!
Who wants FREE CE'S????
Then let’s plan an Official ASATT Regional Meeting! First email me and let’s get a date in mind. We need to avoid holidays, major festivals and graduations. Now let’s get started...
- Find a venue- Does you hospital have a conference room or venue large enough for 50 to 100 people?
- Get some help- As the Lead Coordinator, get some help! Registration, obtaining speakers, obtaining vendors, IT support.
- Get Speakers- anywhere from 6 to 8 is good for a one day meeting. Anymore we should look at a two day meeting.
- Get Vendors- get as many as you can! Vendor support helps our society, which helps you!
Contact your regional director and coordinate the Official ASATT regional meeting, you will get an extra CE for being the Lead!!
I have nothing set in stone for 2018. That means there are endless possibilities for meetings!!!
Amaze your friends!
Wow your boss!
Email me and let’s get to work!
Upcoming Meetings for 2017
San Antonio Dec 9
I would like to be able to have meetings in destinations that would be good weekend getaways for y'all and your family. These are some suggestions I have received...
- New Orleans, La
- Biloxi, Miss
- Vicksburg, Miss
- South Padre Island/ Brownsville, Tx
- Shreveport/Bosier City, La
- Lake Texoma, Tx
- Austin, Tx
I have also received interest in holding meetings in DFW area, San Antonio and Galveston Texas!
"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."
Thanks and God Bless,
Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
John Walker, Cer.A.T.T.
Hello region 6,
What’s up everyone! It sure was great seeing and meeting all of you region 6er’s in Pasadena a couple of weeks ago. Thank you all that attended and by all accounts it was a very successful/productive meeting. For those who want more or couldn’t attend we will have a regional meeting October 7 at Sutter Santa Rosa Hospital in Northern California. It is the same weekend of the 3-day Harvest Beer and Wine Fair at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, so even more reason to go. If anyone wants to earn extra CE’s and free admittance to meeting, I am looking for Lead Coordinator and coordinators to help out. Please feel free to contact me with any questions / concerns and signup sheets :-).
So the next couple of paragraphs I’m going to plagiarize and give full credit to Delbert Macanas region 7 director. His region is amazing, very active, multiple regional meetings in many states and incredible participation. My goal (our goal) is to have region 6 resemble that. It’s obviously not just one person but all us contribution. Here’s what Delbert said last month…
We need more people to coordinate or plan meetings to the experience of what it takes to coordinate meetings. If a larger percentage of our membership would have, “coordinate/plan and 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...
John Walker, Cer.A.T.T.
ASATT Region 6 Director
Delbert Macanas, Cer.A.T.T.
Howzit Region 7!!!
Prayers to our Region 3 members and peers, I hope you survived Hurricane Irma without any extensive damage to your homes. Further, I pray that your families and friends have made it through the destructive hurricane…
CONGRATULATIONS ASATT!!! We just completed our First Annual Educational Meeting on our own. Personally, I think it was a great success. We had >225 Technicians & Technologists attend and sold our all of our vendor tables. If you attended the meeting, thank you for attending the meeting and I hope you enjoyed yourself. I made new friends and caught up with old friends. Please start planning to attend next year’s meeting at Bally’s Hotel & Casino in August. Let’s make this an attendance breaking meeting and smash all the previous attendance records…
“A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement.”
~ Bo Bennett ~
OMG!!! It’s already September, summer has passed us by… We are headed into fall and football season. Fall is usually one of the nicest season of the years. Those on the east coast see the leaves change, it gets a lot cooler, then we head into the holidays.
Region 7 has had three successful meetings in 2017 and we have two more to go…
Saturday, September 23rd at Evergreen Health, Joe Fitzgerald and his crew are busy trying to finalize the agenda so we can post a flyer and open registration. If you can help secure a speaker or sponsor, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Mario Saldana, Matthew Davis, and team just delivered some great news… They will be having a meeting on Saturday, December 9th at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital.
Please congratulate Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital Department of Anesthesia. They were the recipients of the ASATT Region 7 Educational Award. The upcoming meeting will be their 7th meeting they have coordinated of hosted. We need to show OHSU our gratitude for all they have done for us. This dates back to the early years starting with Shannon Sayers-Rana and continues through with Mario and Matthew. Personally I want to thank all of them for all they have done to help me as a regional director.
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.
“There is something that happens when you are grateful:
You continue to keep receiving blessings.
So I will always be grateful.”
~ Chrissy Metz ~
Who would like to earn FREE CE’s in 2018 or 2019? Please contact me 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”.
This is Repeated…
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.”
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!!! (This is repeated.)