Jonnalee Geddis, Cert.A.T.
Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
Happy Summer everyone! Now that the Graduations are over with, let’s have some fun. Kick off your sandals, sneakers or flip flops and play in the sand. Enjoy your summer, however I am still looking for volunteers to host a summer meeting. If you want more information on how to host a Region 1 Meeting, send me an email and we can start planning your meeting. It does not need to be this summer, it can be a fall meeting, which are always a success as people are realizing that recertification time is getting closer. I would love to get at least one more if not two or three meetings in before the end of the year. The only week that I cannot do a meeting is in October, as I will be at ASATT’s Annual Educational Conference in Orlando. It is just that one week, so I will have the rest of the month open. Send me an email or call me and we can start the process now to get the meeting’s set up. I do a good share of the work, don’t get me wrong. You will have to do some of the work, like pick a date, get a place to have the meeting, get speakers to volunteer their time and speak to your vendors.
I just received an email saying that there is a potential for a winter meeting until further notice that is all I can say; however, I can tell you that EVERYONE will be very excited for this meeting. As soon as I get the ok to spread the word, I will be putting it in the Web Report, hopefully next month.
2019 ASATT Annual Conference
October 22-24, 2019
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Check out the agenda from our home page
Don’t miss out on a lot of fun at the parks and the meetings. We will keep your day full of fun facts and information that you can take back to your places of employment. You will also get to meet a lot of new friends. The networking that is done at the National Meetings is beyond what you would expect. I have received some great ideas, opened doors and met some very dear friends just by introducing your self to some Anesthesia Techs from around the world and from other areas of the United States. There is no limit to what we can do with our education whether it be at our current job or even open doors of opportunity for you. I read a quote once and the author is unknown but just think about this for a minute…. “If a door shuts in front of you stop banging on it. Whatever was behind it was not meant for you. Consider the fact that maybe that door closed because you were worth so much more.”
It is never too early to start earning CE’s for recertification and by hosting a meeting or volunteering to lecture at a meeting can earn you CE’s your options are unlimited. There are numerous websites that offer CE’s you just have to be VERY cautious as to whether they will be accepted by ASATT for recertification. If it says “ASATT Approved” then you do not need to worry. For ASATT Members ASATT will keep track of your ASATT Sponsored CE’s (National and Regional meetings, Sensor Quizzes) for you. Just go onto the website and check your profile and you will see how many CE’s you need.
Come November 1St When you are ready to recertify
There are 3 possible ways to recertify.
- You have all your credits on file in the database and want to pay online.
- You need to submit CE’s and want to Upload and pay online.
- You want to submit manually with a check or credit card payment by either email or mail. Recertification cannot be submitted via fax.
1. ASATT Members who have all their CE’s on file in the database and would like to pay with a credit card.
- Login and go to the Membership tab and click on Profile.
- Once in your profile, scroll down to your certification information, if you have all your CE’s on file and are due to recertify, you’ll see a button You can recertify today and a button with the recertification fee. Click on that
- Enter your credit card information and hit submit. You’ll get a thank you for recertifying screen, and the payment receipt will be emailed along with a recertification letter.
*Even if you have all your CE’s on file you still need to go through the recertification process.
2. Recertify online. Need to submit CE’s (upload). *Do Not do part of the process. If you will not be uploading documents, do not pay online. Submit payment and documentation together by mail, or email. *Recertification cannot be submitted via fax.
If you want to see how to proceed go to the home page and you will see where it says, click here for screen shots of the process.
For members to get the member rate please make sure your membership is current. Paying for membership should have been done ahead of time and cannot be done at the time you are recertifying. For non-members recertifying online, during the recertification period you have been granted access to log into the ASATT website to submit. When logging in use your email address for the user ID and then click I forgot my password and a temporary password will be emailed to you.
- Login in to the Recertification page: Page will be available November 1, 2019
- Once logged in your contact information will populate the form. Make sure all required cells are filled.
- Scroll down to the program details section and enter CE’s. Make sure to list the date the CE’s were earned, the name of the CE or Program, Click if a certificate was issued or other documentation, list the number of CE’s earned and upload supporting certificates or documents. Click “Add Another” for each entry.
- Once you are done entering CE’s click “Submit Request”
- That will take you to the credit card payment form. After entering the credit card information click “Continue to Pay Online”.
- If payment was successful you’ll receive a confirmation screen that payment was received and your submission has been sent to the Recertification Committee for review. (This does not mean you have been approved only that its under review)
- Once approved by the Recertification Committee the database will be updated and a recertification letter will be sent.
*Once you start the online submission please complete, you will not be able to go back in. Also only use online submission if paying with a credit card.
- Print the recertification application form and proceed to completely fill out the application. Credit Card form if you would like to pay with a credit card
- Members Login and print off your recertification information. Go to the Membership tab and click on Profile, print ASATT profile. You must submit a copy of your information regardless of whether or not you have earned CE’s through ASATT sponsored events. Non-Members Submit form with proof of CE's
- Enclose the recertification application form, a copy of your recertification information from the database, proof of the remaining CE’s (if you don’t have the required 20 or 30 CE’s on the database), and correct payment for recertification. If you are mailing your packet after December 31st, be sure to include the late payment fee.
For those who are due to recertify this year, the recertification period will begin November 1st, and we will be sending out an email reminder with instructions on recertifying. As in the past, if you have all your CE’s on file in the database you will be able to recertify online by logging into the website and going to your member profile. You will only be able to log into the site if your membership is active. So if your membership has expired and you want to recertify at the member rate make sure to renew your membership by the end of October. For those who have to submit CE’s with your recertification the preferred method will be to upload your documents online. By choosing this method you will also be able to pay online as well. Also note starting this year we will not be accepting recertification applications via fax.
Once again, we’ll be sending out the recertification reminder the beginning of November. It will have the detailed instructions for submitting your recertification information. This information will also be listed on the ASATT website. There will be no membership renewals or joins during the months of November or December, so make sure if your membership has expired to renew by the end of October.
I hope you all had a chance to submit your nomination forms for Board of Director positions that were available. Then we also had the Regional Educational Awards that were due on the first of July for someone who has gone above and beyond for educating Anesthesia Technicians in their Region. If so, thank you in advance for doing so.
I hope you enjoy all enjoy the rest of the summer with your toes in the sand and a cold beverage of your choice in your hand. I hope to have some exciting news for you in the August Web Report. Check back next month
Jonnalee Geddis, Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 2
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and has had time to plan some vacations with their family and friends making wonderful memories!!
Don’t forget about our 30th Anniversary Educational Conference in October. There’s still time to plan to join us in Orlando Florida.
2019 ASATT Annual Conference
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive
Check the agenda out!!
There is so many amazing things to see and do in Florida that you can turn this into a family vacation at the same time. Hope to see you there!!
Remember if anyone would like to hold a region 2 meeting please contact me so we can discuss the details. It has great perks and you can earn free CE’s. It takes a lot of work but it’s worth it!! Remember we all need CE’s so let’s work together as a team with promoting our profession!
We are still working out details on the logo committee but I am very excited to see what the members think of our new products!
Membership: We now have the option for a 2-year membership at the cost of $150.00 that is saving you $20.00 over the two-year period. You will still have the option for the 1-year membership at $85.00. One of the perks to being a member is that any conference that is given by ASATT is downloaded to your profile and makes it much easier when you’re up for re-certification.
Recertification: For those who are due to recertify this year, the recertification period will begin November 1st, and we will be sending out an email reminder with instructions on recertifying. As in the past, if you have all your CE’s on file in the database you will be able to recertify online by logging into the website and going to your member profile. You will only be able to log into the site if your membership is active. So if your membership has expired and you want to recertify at the member rate make sure to renew your membership by the end of October. For those who have to submit CE’s with your recertification the preferred method will be to upload your documents online. By choosing this method you will also be able to pay online as well. Also note starting this year we will not be accepting recertification applications via fax.
I hope to see you in Florida !!
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Trevon Logan Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Region 3 conference April 13th at Duke University Hospital. We had record number of participants. I hope to see you all again in July.
ASATT National meeting in Orlando, Florida Oct. 22-24. Registration is now open. Early Bird registration is $350 for members, $550 for non- members, Guest/ spouse $ 275, and student $175. Early bird registration is from Feb 25th through June 30, 2019. The later you wait to register the more it will cost you So, sign up now to avoid extra costs.
The Region 3 meeting in Gainesville, Ga at Northeast Georgia Medical Center has been moved to July 13, 2019. Be on the lookout for up- coming registration.
Durham Technical Community College in Durham NC has a new program for your Associate Degree in Anesthesia technology. Please look on line at Durham Tech. Community College for more information.
If there is anyone in Region 3 willing to sponsor a meeting please contact me ASAP. I would love to help plan a meeting in other cities in our Region to give the technicians somewhere else to tour, visit, and learn more about our profession.
Trevon Logan, Cer.A.T.
Region 3 Director
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Welcome to summer Region 4!
Our region 4 conference is fast approaching! It will be Saturday June 22nd at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee from 7am until 4:45pm.
Early bird registration for the national meeting in Orlando closes June 30th so make sure you get your registration in before the rates increase!
Membership renewal is coming up soon…ASATT now offers both a 1 year and 2 year membership. $85 for 1 year, $150 for 2 years.
Enjoy your summer and hope to see y’all June 22nd in Milwaukee!
Matthew Chandler, Cer.A.T.T.
Region 4 Director
Jason Menchey, Cer.A.T.
Hello from region 5,
HAPPY JULY 4th!!!!!!!
Hope everyone has a safe Independence Day! As you know October is coming up quickly, start looking for your vacation plans. Education conference will be held Tuesday through Thursday, so if you can take the weekend before and after and bring the family. Things to do in Orlando. Click the link and see what you can do on your free time.
Always looking to setup more meetings in Region 5, would love to help educate the Anesthesia Technician and Technologist profession. I have talked to quite a few techs that would like meeting in their areas, but have not made any date from upcoming meeting. Remember if you help coordinate a meeting, you will get FREE CEUs. As well as if you present a topic, you get one additional credit, and if you make you presentation and give you get two free credits. It is not hard to setup meetings, if you need any help email me and I will give you the steps to set it up. I am working on TWO meeting right now in Region 5, one will be in Arlington Texas in August details coming soon, second one is in San Antonio Texas in December details coming soon.
Upcoming events for ASATT:
Education nominating has concluded as of July 1st. Hopefully you got your nomination in for the most rewarding individual, organization, or Institution.
Now is the time to start renewing you membership. When renewing your membership remember we now have the option for a 2-year membership at the cost of $150.00 that is saving you $20.00 over the two-year period. You will still have the option for the 1-year membership at $85.00. One of the benefits of being a member is that any conference that you go to that is ASATT approved will automatically be downloaded to your profile and makes it much easier when you are up for re-certification.
Again National Conference in Orlando Florida on October 22-24, 2019. Start planning your trip now. REGISTER ONLINE. Register now to be able to sign up with the early bird discount, by June 30th.
Any questions or concerns you can always email me, and I will help the best way I can.
Jason Menchey Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
Allison Kohn, Cer.A.T.T.
Hello Region 6
WOW! It was so great to see how many of you came out to my first Region 6 meeting as your director! I am working on getting two other meetings set up right now. One being a master class for the anesthesia machine like many of you were asking for and also a difficult airway based meeting. Let me know if you have any suggestions or recommendations. I would love to hear them.
Register now! The 2019 ASATT Annual Conference will be one October 22-24, 2019 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, Orlando, FL
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for region 6. We are in this together!
ASATT Region 6 Director
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Justin Akamine, Cer.A.T.
Howzit going gang,
Summer is officially here. The sun is out and I’m happy to say that region 7 is building momentum with regional meetings. Our first half day meeting was a success. Big thank you to Neil Allen and Shaun Christian for hosting on June 1st. If you missed this one please check the website for updates on the next meetings.
Hawaii meeting is scheduled for Sunday August 4th 2019 at Waikiki Hilton hotel in Honolulu.
Washington meeting is scheduled for Saturday August 10th 2019 at St. Anthony’s hospital in Gig harbor.
Washington meeting TBA at Overlake hospital in Bellevue.
Oregon meeting TBA at OHSU hospital in Portland.
Annual Conference on October 22nd-26th in Orlando, Florida. Be sure to put in for time off and sign up ASAP for early bird registration special rate.
The more help we can get from tech like you the more opportunities we can offer for continued education hours. I need your help! We need more regional meetings here in region 7. We all need to re certify and the best way to earn CE’s is by attending ASATT regional meetings or the Annual ASATT meeting in October this year. Here’s where you come in…
-**Host a meeting free CEU’s and free admission to conference
-*Create a presentation on a topic relevant to the
Anesthesia Technician Content Outline 2 CEU
-*Present a topic at an ASATT Regional or Annual meeting. 1 CEU
Contact me for more information
*Must be submitted during recertification to earn credit.**Contact your Region Director for more details.
Regional Education Awards
Regional Directors are soliciting their members to nominate someone in their region that has genuinely contributed to promoting and furthering the profession of anesthesia technology, has this person:
Helped you or a group of technicians and technologist gain valuable knowledge in the field of anesthesia technology?
Volunteered their time to provide quality lectures for continuing education credits?
Worked to improve the anesthesia technology profession?
ASATT would like to pay tribute to those individuals who are not required or paid to advance the education of technicians and technologists, but whose sincere interest promotes education in our specialty. If you were able to associate a name to any of those questions, show your appreciation by taking a few minutes of your time to complete and submit.
I encourage every member to consider who in your region has exemplified 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.
Completed forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to Alex LLanas. Nominations for Regional Education Awards must be received no later than July 1, 2019.
Please accept this notice as our official call for the nominations of the Board and Executive Directors 2019-2020 terms. Every year we ask our members to nominate someone they believe can help ASATT further grow as an organization. Please take a minute to think about those around you. Are they motivated? Have they been active in ASATT? Have they wanted to be? Does this person want to see the profession grow and mature? Do they participate in furthering education for anesthesia technicians and technologists? Are they sincere in advancing the society for the benefit of the entire profession?
Nominations for Board Of Directors
The Regional Directors hold office for a period of two years. Up for election this cycle are the positions of Regional Director in Regions 1, 3, 5, and 7. Those nominated must reside in the Region for which they are nominated. The Executive Board position available this election cycle is President-Elect. The position of President-Elect is a three-year term. Those nominated for President-Elect must have served on the Board of Directors prior to the nomination. In order for the nomination to be accepted, you must have prior approval from those you nominate.
The ASATT Board of Director positions require and individual to dedicate the necessary time to fulfill obligations needed for the success of the organization. Please read the Position Descriptions for each position, and then if you have someone in mind complete the Nomination Form.
Only ASATT Members in good standing can nominate and run for office.
Completed forms can be mailed, faxed or emailed to Alex LLanas.
What is your role when assisting with regional blocks?
-most responses: set up ultrasound machine, prepare procedure site, help with sterile procedure, and position patients for block. Techs pushing meds under direct supervision varies per location.
Are you part of patient positioning?
-mostly yes, when available. Usually during Thoracotomy cases.
What is your biggest role as an anesthesia Tech?
Who do you report to? Anesthesia? Nursing? Environmental services?
Dr. David Rietz’s ultimate honor of ASATT’s Region 7 educational award came after his untimely death, but he deserved the award every day over the 14 years I and many others worked with him. He was a huge advocate for education. Every staff member and student gained knowledge working with Dave Rietz, getting quizzed about the procedure he was about to do. My favorite question was: What is Poiselle’s law and how does it apply to an IV catheter size? Look it up and learn from him! He held early morning classes and helped eight anesthesia technicians including myself get certified. Dave was even discussing the possibility of an anesthesia technology program at the local university since an orthopedic surgeon and friend of his became dean of the medical programs. His wife, Susie Rietz, accepted the award on his behalf. The award now stands in our OR as a call for others to teach and improve those around them, patient and coworker alike.
St. Vincent Hospital