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By: Geoff Eade, RPSGT, CCSH on July 25th, 2022

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For the Newbie: Education

For the Newbie | Education

This is part four in the “For the Newbie” series. Click to view part one, part two and part three.

In my previous “For the Newbie” articles, I discussed the newbie technician’s mindset, practice and routine. In part four, I am going to talk about education. Let’s take a closer look at the purpose, importance and development of sleep education and how it will benefit you as you continue your journey as a sleep technician.

Education

There once was a commercial that said, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This remains true today and directly applies to our topic. You’ve made it this far into your new job as a sleep technician and may have decided to make it a career. The more you put your beautiful mind to work and learn, the easier your job in sleep will become and the faster you will climb the ladder of success in the sleep industry. You will also become more valuable to your employer, and the continuing education and experiences you partake in will open many opportunities.

Purpose

The main purpose of educating yourself in sleep is to become a registered sleep technologist (RPSGT) and to provide better patient care. A registered technologist is informed and aware of the various sleep disorders and treatments to help patients through the sleep process. Since adherence to therapy is what we are after, an educated technologist will be able to show patients the value in following their provider’s instructions for the treatment of their sleep disorder.

Importance

The importance of becoming a knowledgeable technologist is not only to provide quality patient care but to further showcase the skills and expertise of our profession. When you become registered, you become a part of a small niche in health care that influences all other aspects of health care. Sleep is a specialty and a very important specialty at that.

Development

There are numerous ways one can achieve their educational goals in our industry. Whether on the job, module learning or through secondary education, the most important thing to do is to start! Discuss your options with your supervisor or administration, develop a plan and execute your plan. Set a time frame for completion to hold yourself accountable. Financial burdens and challenges often slow down the educational process but many employers will reimburse associated costs or pay for them altogether. If training on the job, your employer may have materials to assist you to jump start your education. The technologist training you should take advantage of the opportunity to teach you and may have additional materials for you to study. This is a great way for technologists to pay it forward as they recall how difficult it may have been when they were first learning sleep technology.

Wrap Up

As you evolve as a sleep technician, your education will lead to credentialing, which is required in many states, especially in those that require obtaining a license to practice. Determine the route to credentialing that fits your unique situation and go for it! The AAST website provides many educational tools to help you on your educational journey. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your trainer for help, such as asking them to develop individualized practice questions to help you prepare for your credentialing exam. It is important for trainers to provide the proper support and encouragement to new technicians as they develop their routine so they can improve their confidence, efficiency and abilities as new sleep professionals.

In the next “For the Newbie,” I’ll continue our talk about education as one continues their journey toward becoming a sleep technologist. We’ll hear from some “newbies” and what their experiences have been during their journeys, and later we’ll discuss different options to help you to prepare for and achieve your registry. In the meantime, please feel free to send me your thoughts, comments and suggestions at tgeade@gmail.com. Please put “For the Newbie” in the subject line and I will respond as quickly as possible.

About Geoff Eade, RPSGT, CCSH

Geoff Eade, RPSGT, CCSH, has been in the sleep field for 13 years. He received his training through the A-STEP pathway and is now the clinical lead technologist of a four-bed sleep center, the current president of the Mississippi Sleep Society, a sleep consultant and serves on the AAST Standards and Guidelines Committee. He lives in Brandon, Mississippi, and is enrolled at Jackson State University for his bachelor’s degree in health care administration.