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By: Laura Linley on December 1st, 2015

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Ask The AAST President

Sleep Technologist Advice

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Laura Linley, president of the AAST wants to know what readers want to know more about 

As the current president of the AAST I am challenged to help lead the organization in a direction that supports our members while looking ahead to prepare for the evolving role of the sleep technologist. This can be challenging only because I have to keep up with the AAST Board of Directors. This visionary and passionate board is eager to promote sleep wellness and support those working in the sleep industry.

We recently created a forum called “Ask the President”. I am happy to be able to launch this. This is the first spotlight on a recurrent question that our organization has received. How were our membership dollars used last year? As we have recently launched our 2016 membership renewal campaign, this is a question I wanted to respond to first.

The board and committees have been busy this year. I have done my best to review our 2015 accomplishments below, as well as outline what we have committed to for 2016.

I am hopeful you will not only be inspired to renew or join the AAST but also to get involved. I thank you for your interest in the organization and I am excited to serve in 2016!

AAST Achievements and Goals:  What did we do with your membership dollars? This list is not intended to be all inclusive:

2015 Accomplishments:

  1. Published the Fundamentals of Sleep Technology Workbook, a companion study guide to the Fundamentals of Sleep Technology, 2nd Edition, on January 15, 2015.
  2. Released the AAST position statement on AAS as a minimal education requirement for sleep technologists (February 2015).
  3. Continued sponsoring the Educational Taskforce to work with our stakeholders on how to raise this education requirement for sleep technologists.
  4. Educational Taskforce developed a tentative five year Associate’s Degree timeline to be presented to the AAST, BRPT, ABSM and CoA PSG boards for approval at upcoming BOD meetings.
  5. AAST surveyed A-STEP programs to determine their interest in moving toward providing higher levels of technologist education.
  6. The AAST BOD approved the five year Associate’s Degree timeline at the April 2015 meeting.
  7. Developed a vital signs assessment guideline and core competency.
  8. Developed an educational needs assessment in collaboration with Educational Task Force representatives.
  9. Attended HOSA ‘s 38th Annual National Leadership Conference
  10. AAST BOD and committee members presented at and supported several State Society Meetings.
  11. Responded to the safety notice for ASV use by hosting a course on Advanced Therapies in Branson, MO.
  12. Developed course modules on advanced therapies to provide ongoing education and support for technologists.
  13. Established a content marketing campaign to get relevant and timely information out and to promote educational products and offerings of the AAST.
  14. Initiated an AAST website update to include a mobile optimized platform, search enabled features, and the ability to easily navigate and find products and educational offerings.
  15. Released updated registry review flashcards.
  16. Released an updated Technologist Guide to Performing Sleep Studies that included Home Sleep Apnea Testing (HSAT).
  17. Revised and simplified the AAST CEC program.
  18. Developed a prepackaged CEC learning activity program as a tool for sleep center managers providing staff education.

2016 Plans:

  1. Informing membership that AAST will be targeting education related to comorbidities, patient education and adherence promotion and why this is critically important for the profession.
  2. Developing new task force initiatives to determine Best Practice for sleep screening and curriculum development to support the Clinical Sleep Educator credential.
  3. Collaborating with the Southern Sleep Society to offer an advanced course on essential skills for technologists providing patient education.
  4. Updating Annual Meeting policies.
  5. Focusing Case of the Month and Journal Club modules on advanced PAP platforms, patient education, comorbidities and advanced practices.
  6. Developing a spring meeting focused on Risk Management in the Sleep Center utilizing patient centered learning workgroups.
  7. Planning a fall meeting Registry Review.
  8. Developing new products including Cardiac Arrhythmia flashcards and an updated Terms and Definitions text.
  9. Publishing an updated Technologist’s Introduction to Sleep Disorders that is based on the ICSD-3.
  10. Investigating ways to provide clinical simulation study modules.
  11. Creating a committee to look at feasibility to form a speaker bureau.
  12. Streamline the CEC application process to be more efficient.

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