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
Trevon Logan Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
Trevon Logan, 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!!!!
As summer turns into fall, the temperature changes, the leaves turn and pumpkin spice is EVERYWHERE!! Anything and everything that could possibly have “pumpkin spice” attached to it, people want it! So without further ado….
As the year winds down, the inevitable happens…..Recertification!!!!
Please remember to make a copy of your current CPR card, that’s 2 CE’s! If you have ACLS and/or PALS those are 4 CE’s each!
If you attended an “ASATT Approved” meeting and don’t have your certificate, you will need to contact the organizers of the meeting to get your certificate.
If it is not an Official ASATT Regional Meeting, and you are not a member, they aren’t loaded into the database. That is a perk of having an active ASATT membership. If you are lacking in a few last ce’s, have no fear.
“The Last Chance for CE’s in 2017 Meeting”
Christus Santa Rosa in San Antonio, TX on Dec.9, 2017
For approximately 7 ce’s!
REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW ON ASATT.ORG!!!
Please avoid submitting ce’s with a partial credit. “1.5” will not be accepted. That is policy. If you have questions about which ce sites are accepted, please email me. And be careful of anyone, besides me and the BOD, who knows “of a way to get free ce’s”. Those people who are tempting you with these “free ce’s”, may be doing you wrong. If you want free ce’s….I and the BOD know how to earn them. Yes, earn them.
Nothing in life is free except for a hard time.
But if you are willing to do some work to help your fellow techs, you will be rewarded.
Now, who wants FREE CE’S??????
I always ask this question at regional and national meetings. And everybody says yes, they want free ce’s.
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 is the Lead Coordinator. 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.
But you will earn these free ce’s. You will have to work. It’s not easy but it’s also not hard.
So cut back on some of those Pumpkin Spice Lattes, save some $$$ and attend an Official ASATT Regional Meeting or contact me and lets start the ball rolling for a meeting at your hospital.
What do I have for next year?
These are the meeting I have planned for next year, down on paper and will be happening.
Oklahoma City in March
UTSW in Dallas in March
UTSW in Fall
San Antonio in spring and in fall
Now these are ones I am looking for help with…
New Orleans, La
Ft. Worth, TX
Shreveport/Bossier City, La
And anywhere else y’all need ce’s!! Email me and let’s get cooking!
As always please keep all of those who have been affected by the recent hurricanes and forest fires in your thoughts and prayers.
If you are involved in volunteer work, please email me some info and pics to post next month. I have had some fellow techs go and help with hurricane cleanup, Habitat for Humanity, etc. I want to be able to show y’all off in the coming months!
Keep up the good work everyone!
Greg Farmer Cer.A.T.
Region 5 Director
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