Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
First of all, I want to apologize for the late submission for the Web Report. I was on a two week vacation, after my daughter’s wedding.
Congratulations to Efrain Martinez, who was nominated for the Regional Educational Award and was notified that he is the winner of this award. Efrain hosted the meeting in the Bronx on April 8th. He put a lot of work into hosting the meeting and getting everything in order so when I arrived there was very little work needed. He was happy to think that he could assist the other Anesthesia Techs in the Region to obtain the CEU’s that are needed to recertify at the end of their two year period. The meeting had exceptional speakers and it was attended by over 100 attendees. Nova Med, Codan and Hilyard were the vendors who supported our meeting as well, so when you see the Reps for these companies, please be sure and thank them for their support.
Do not forget to sign up to go to our Annual Meeting in Pasadena. The website to see the flyer for our National Meeting: https://www.asatt.org/conference/199/index.php the time will be filled with fun, learning and networking with your fellow Anesthesia Tech’s from around the world. It always fun to see some friends that you meet through ASATT and meeting new friends, I will be anxiously waiting to see you all.
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 enjoying their summer. 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 meeting; 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. If you haven't attended any of these meetings from Region 2 you should they, have had turned out to be very fun and as always I love seeing the people that attend. I will be working on our next Region 2 meeting that will be held at the University of Maryland in October/November.
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Gail Walker Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
It doesn’t seem possible that our national meeting is next month but it’s a fact. August 24-26 in Pasadena is where techs from across the globe will gather together to hear excellent speakers, meet, eat and play with friends and colleagues we haven’t seen since last year. It’s not too late to register so please visit the website for more information. https://www.asatt.org/conference/199/index.php.
I wrote about this last time but it certainly bears repeating. 2017 is going to be a first for us as an association. This 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 understands our desire to take this giant leap. Part of the reason ASATT has done this is to hold our annual meeting in cities that are more affordable for our membership. Again, please visit the ASATT website for location, cost, etc. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised by the cost of the hotel rooms and all the activities Pasadena has to offer.
Finally, please take a minute to look at the ASATT website. www.asatt.org. There is so much information there concerning certification/recertification, technical articles, The Sensor quiz which counts for 1 CE and so much more. So many of us will need to recertify by the end of the year so please take a second to make sure you’re on track.
As always, please let me know what I can do to help.
Gail Walker, Cer.A.T.
Region 3 Director
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 4,
Registration is now open for the ASATT 2017 Annual Educational Conference, taking place on August 24-26, 2017 in Pasadena, Ca. Each one should reach one and bring them if we do this we may very well have the largest turnout at conference.
ASATT is offering a program for those of us that may fall on some hard times and let our certification lapse or just simply took a couple years off from the profession. It's also for the Cer.A.T. wanting to advance and become a Technologist. The program is called ASATT REFRESHER/ADVANCEMENT/ PROVISIONAL RECERTIFICATION PROGRAM STANDARDS. For more information, please go the ASATT web site. This program may be beneficial to you someday.
I want to assure everyone that ASATT is working diligently with exploring all educational possibilities to keep our future moving forward. We all know education is the key to success, so please continue to check the web site and don’t hesitate to call.
If any member is willing to organize a meeting in your state or here in Illinois, I would support your efforts and help in any way I can. It is the responsibility of each and every technician to “get into the game” to support personal growth and development in conjunction with the overall organizational growth and development of ASATT.
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Region 4 Director
(IA IL MN MO ND SD WI)
Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region Five!!!!
My goodness it is hot out there!!! As the year rolls on, this is July, and the temps are up for most of the country. Our days are busy with the kids out of school and our workload is increased. So it is important to take care of yourselves.
Health Tips for Summer
The arrival of spring and summer means days at the pool, family picnics, baseball and other outdoor activities. Here are some tips to keep your family physically active in the warmer months: Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration.-Summer Tips for a Healthy Heart - American Heart Association
Enjoy your warm weather favorites while keeping your nutrition in check with the tips below.
Drink green tea instead of sweet tea. ...
Serve seafood. ...
Don't skip breakfast. ...
Enjoy summer fruits and veggies. ...
Snack at work. ...
Grab a sports drink. ...
Drink healthier beers. ...
And last but not least, rest. I don't know about y'all but I walk up to 12 to 15 miles a day. Rest is important! Don't skimp on your sleep. Your body heals itself while sleeping. If you deny yourself sleep, you deny yourself healing.
Education and Meetings
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!!
Now some people can't attend for any number of reasons. But they would like to have a meeting nearer to them. How would you like to be able to obtain...
I thought that might get your attention.
Email me to start coordinating a meeting at your hospital. All it takes is a commitment from you to find speakers and vendors. Your regional director will handle the rest. We will work with you to provide a great educational opportunity. And as a coordinator, you will receive free ce's. The more speakers you come up with, the more ce's you will get!!
This is what I'm working on with some coordinators. These are still in "the works", but when definite details are known, they will be posted.
Denver, Colorado-Date and location TBD
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-Date and location TBD
Houston, Texas- Date and location TBD
San Antonio, Texas- Date and location TBD
Do you live in these areas? Help us get a meeting going!! We are looking for speaker and vendors to share their knowledge with us! Please talk to your providers and recruit them to speak!
Future Goals this Year
1. More regional meetings
If you want to host an ASATT regional meeting at your facility, don't hesitate, contact me ASAP!
I would hate to have to decline a meeting because a date has been taken. And please don't hesitate to plan to attend a meeting. Contact me! If you don't think that your location would be a possible site, don't think that way. You would be surprised how many people would come out. Interested? Contact me, let’s do it!
2.ASATT State Societies
When talking to attendees about forming ASATT State Societies, there has been very positive response. This would be a great way to network with other techs in your state! These ASATT State Societies could help with coordinating regional meetings, getting speaker support and vendor support. Some states would only have 1 or 2 zones, while larger states could have many zones. But all zones will have input to further improve our region and profession. Interested? Contact me, let’s get it going.
3. Online Meetings
I am going to need a lot of help with this one! The idea is to be able to "attend" an ASATT Regional Meeting or National Conference via the ASATT website. This would allow ASATT members to log-in, pay the fee and "attend" the meeting from the comfort of your home. Do you have the knowledge to help me get this off the ground? Email me and let’s get rolling.
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 lets 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
And last but not least, 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!!
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
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 ~