Jonnalee Burgess, Cert.A.T.
Hello Region 1,
Group picture from our Region 1 Meeting at Montefiore in the Bronx on April 8th, 2017
Spring is here, and how beautiful and long the days are, you just have to embrace the beauty that nature gives us. The picture above was from our Region 1 meeting which was held on Saturday, April 8th at Montefiore Medical Center. Attendance was more than I could have ever hoped for. We had 111 attendees and 3 vendors, I am so proud of my Region. The meeting was for 7 CEU’s. Everything was beyond great. Thank you Efrain Martinez for hosting this meeting, the premises, the speakers, the food, the networking that techs had a chance to do and the location were GREAT!! I have received several emails thanking us both for a great meeting. I know this is a record for Region 1 attendance for a meeting. Not all meetings can be this big, but that is not what matters. What matters is that we have the meetings to extend and share the knowledge of others.
We have the potential for one more this year in October. As soon as I get more information I will keep you all informed and up to date. We also have two meetings scheduled so far for 2018.
This year the Region 1 Director is up for elections. I have decided to run again this year for the Region 1 Director. If you or someone you know is interested in the position, please nominate them. In order for you to nominate them, they have to be in good standings with ASATT and in our Region in order to fill the position. For more details, please email me with questions.
ASATT National Meeting will be held in Pasadena, California at the end of August, 2017. Make sure you start making your travel arrangements now; it is only 4 months away. Please continue to monitor ASATT’s home page for details. Start planning your summer vacation now.
Jonnalee, Burgess Cer.A.T.
Region 1 Director
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 2
I hope everyone is enjoying this great weather we are having.
We as a group should be proud of ASATT in what we have accomplished thru this organization. Thanks to all the wonderful technologists and Technicians for making this happen!!
I hope many of the members can join us in Pasadena CA for our 2017 Annual Education Conference. I know all the Regions are working very hard putting together and holding meetings for are members. It's a great opportunity for you to meet old and make new friends and to earn your CE’s for your certification. Please remember don't wait to the last minute to get your CE's if you’re up for re-certification. You have worked very hard achieving this goal and you don't want to see it lay by the seaside.
Karen Patrick, Cer.A.T
Region 2 Director
Gail Walker Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region 3!!
April is turning into a busy month for all of ASATT. Many meetings are going on throughout the country and Region 3 is also busy. Saturday and Sunday, April 8th and 9th will have an all day, hands on session for anesthesia machines. Members have been asking for more hands on classes so, yes, we do pay attention when you ask! Saturday is full and Sunday still has some seats available. This meeting has been approved for 7 CE.
Lambrick Mack at Emory is working on another meeting for us sometime this summer, hopefully in July. More details will follow next month. Don’t forget Sue Christian at Vanderbilt is hosting a meeting April 22. The North Carolina State Society of Anesthesia Technicians will be having their state meeting in September at the Grove Park Inn. So happy to be offering more choices but some states still haven’t had a meeting in some years. If anyone in Florida is willing to help, I’d be so happy to get something started down there.
Finally, early registration is open for our annual meeting in Pasadena this year. Please visit the ASATT website for more information. Early registration is always a little less expensive than if you wait so please take advantage of this discount if you plan on attending. There is nothing like attending a conference with 300 of your fellow technicians from across the country and sharing ideas, knowledge and just getting to know one another.
Gail Walker, Cer.A.T.
Region 3 Director
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Hello Region 4,
Registration is now open for the (ASATT) 2017 Region 4, Annual Spring Meeting, taking place on April 29th, at Bolingbrook Amita Hospital Bolingbrook IL. Let’s clear the calendar for this event because we have some great speakers lined up with awesome vendors to see. Please be sure you give us your feedback on how to improve YOUR future meetings I want to make sure you enjoy your attendance. Registration is also open for the ASATT 2017 Annual Educational Conference, taking place on August 24-26, 2017 Pasadena Hilton let’s have a huge turnout.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Anesthesia Tech day we should all celebrate our profession with care and passion. As we all should know Anesthesia Tech’s are very important pieces to our institutions and that’s cause for celebration.
Again if anyone is willing to organize a meeting in your state I would love to support your efforts and help in any way I can. This is such a profound way of helping out our fellow Technicians/Technologists and along with the support of (ASATT)we can get it done.
Enjoy Spring Region 4,
Jeffery Blakney, Cer.A.T.
Region 4 Director
(IA IL MN MO ND SD WI)
Work: 708-202-8387 Ext. 29126
Greg Farmer, Cer.A.T.
Greetings Region Five!!!!
Well the year just keeps hopping right along, like the Easter Bunny! I wanted to let you all know that we are leading the other regions with the most meetings! And with all of your help, we are not only meeting the goal...we are blowing it away!!!
I set a goal for at least three ASATT regional meetings this year. With all of y'alls dedication we now have 6 ASATT regional meetings with more to hopefully come!!!
I want to recognize the people who help me coordinate these ASATT regional meetings.
- For April 8 UTSW meeting in Dallas, TX
Bob Reno Cer.A.T.T.; Mohamed Hamza Cer.A.T.T.;
Amanda Virginia CRNA,DNP-A and Clay Freeman CRNA
- For April 29 Christus Hospital in San Antonio, TX
Raul Esquivel Cer.A.T.; Rodrigo Rivera, Cer A. T.; Oscar Cortez, Cer.A.T.;
Chavez Aiu Cer.A.T.; Rosa Bravo; Jason Menchey Cer.A.T. and
everyone at SASAT (San Antonio Society of Anesthesia Technicians and Technologists)
- For May 6 Texas Health Plano in Plano,TX
Andrea White Cer.A.T. and Jacob Jhingree Cer.A.T.
- For May 20 Arkansas Childrens Hospital in Little Rock, Ark
William Peery Cer.A.T.T.; Susan Brown Cer.A.T.
- For June 10 Arlington Memorial Hospital in Arlington,TX
Keith Brewer Cer.A.T.
- For June 24 University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson,MS
But there are still possible meetings later this year in Oklahoma City, Houston, Biloxi, San Antonio and Denver!
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 lets get rolling.
Raising Our Profile
This is something we all should strive to do daily. There are many ways to do this in your facility.
- Plan a meeting- ask around if any MDA's, CRNA's, RRNA's, Cer.A.T. or Cer.A.T.T. would be interested in sharing a presentation to help educate your fellow techs
- Find a "Champion"- someone who believes in making us better at our profession and is willing to help
- Ask questions- show that you are interested in learning more, people will appreciate that.
- Take notes- write down the info they relay to you. Write it down, then learn it, then put it into practice. It can only help you!
- Participate in ASATT- do you want to be more active in how your profession grows? Contact me and I will find out what committees are looking for help.
Happy Anesthesia Tech Day 2017!!
I hope everyone had a fun day! I hope everyone was able to celebrate it! I hope you took pictures!! If you did, send them to me and we will post them on the site!
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!!
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,
What’s up region 6? Hope everyone is off to a great spring. I’ve basically been living at the hospital since January missing the work/life balance I think we all strived for. But I did receive some good news this morning that we will be posting a position. So now that I’m on my soapbox if anyone is looking for a nice new hospital in northern California to work at please contact me. I will also post on the ASATT.org website “career center” tab.
Ok back to business, there is a CSA anesthesia meeting in San Francisco's famed fisherman’s wharf Hyatt center, April 27 thru the 30. (http://csahq.org/continuing-medical-education/events/details/2017/04/27/cme-events/2017-annual-meeting) I will be there one of days, not sure which one yet.
Of course the big event, August 24-26 in Pasadena California Hilton hotel. The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians will be holding the once a year extravaganza. With Sunday the 27th being a half-day workshop across the street the Kaiser School of Anesthesia on Cell Salvaging and wet lab. The incredible John Rivera will be instructing. Please register before June 30 and save some money. www.asatt.org/conference/199/index.php
For the fall, October 7 at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital there will be a education conference. That weekend happens to be the same weekend as the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. Which is great if you like beer, wine and cider. Check out www.harvestfair.org for more info and the ASATT website when registration opens for that.
Finally, I encourage everyone to take initiative and make the region better. If you want to have meeting in your area let’s make it happen! I will do everything I can do to help. There can be extra CE’s for you and free admission to those that help. We can all make a difference!
John Walker, Cer.A.T.T.
ASATT Region 6 Director
Delbert Macanas, Cer.A.T.T.
Howzit Region 7!!!
The first quarter of the year has come and gone… Baseball season is starting, great time of year. I hope all of you made it through winter without any major problems. Let’s look forward to a great spring.
“Happiness is an attitude.
We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.
The amount of work is the same.”
~ Francesca Reigler ~
ASATT is headed toward one of the busiest time of the year. There are a lot of meetings on the schedule, in all of our Regions. If you need CE’s for recertification, please check the ASATT website for details.
The following is the upcoming ASATT Region 7 Meetings:
Saturday, May 13th, Overlake Hospital, John Gonzalez and crew will be coordinating their third annual meeting at Overlake Hospital. This meeting’s attendance broke the Region 7 attendance record with 106 attending.
Saturday, June 17th is the new date for the rescheduled Kaiser Sunnyside meeting but it has moved to Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital with Kellie Hines and friends organizing the meeting. This meeting was also heavily attended with an audience of 63. Thank you Mario Saldana for helping secure a meeting site.
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.
Two years in a row with five meetings. Outstanding Region 7!!! Thank you very much. Please continue to support our next/new Region 7 Director.
We need more people to get a taste of what it takes to coordinate meetings. The more people with the experience, the better it is. Then over the years people from different states or cities can alternate hosting meetings. Host a meeting every other year. 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.”
“We are all here for some special reason.
Stop being a prisoner of your past.
Become the architect of your future,”
~ Robin Sharma ~
CRNA State Annual Meetings:
Washington at Hilton Seattle Airport on April 21st – 23rd.
Idaho at Riverside Hotel on April 28th – 30th.
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. Is this time for ASATT to do it? Are we ready for it? Will our members attend the meeting? Will our vendors support our move? I think it is time for us to move forward with this monumental challenge. The agenda is posted and there are additional CE opportunities on Sunday.
“The next time you feel slightly uncomfortable with the pressure in your life, remember no pressure, no diamonds.
Pressure is part of success.”
~ Eric Thomas ~
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. It’s a reasonably cheap flight from Portland & Seattle to LAX. There is also the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, it’s a smaller commuter airport, but closer to Pasadena.
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).
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 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.
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.)
“Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.”
~ John C. Maxwell ~