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 well, with the winter months heading our way I'm not ready for any snow and what it brings already wishing it was spring.
As many of you are aware that I had cancelled the November meeting because we needed a space to hold it in. I had several members reach out to me but either the room wasn't available or I wasn't that being said we are working on holding a February 2018 meeting at John Hopkins in Baltimore Md. We are working on the details and as soon as they are worked out I'll have it posted to the ASATT website. We will also be holding a meeting at UPMC pinnacle health in Harrisburg Pa on March 10, 2018. I'm looking forward to having another great conference with the help of Jessica, I couldn't have gotten this done. I will also have this posted to the ASATT website shortly.
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Please be safe and enjoy time with your families.
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