We will soon be assembling in Boston for our 39thAnnual Meeting.
If you are attending the meeting in Boston, make sure to join us for the AAST General Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 5. This meeting is open to all AAST members and provides an overview of the AAST’s activities over the last year and recognizes those who have received awards for their contributions to the association and the profession. I am excited to introduce the initiatives our task forces have
completed this year, including a Sleep Educator Curriculum, Patient Education Curriculum, OSA Care Plan and a Best Practice for Inpatient OSA Screening Guideline. I hope you will join me at 4:15 on Monday, June 5, for an update on Trends in Sleep Technology: An AAST Needs Assessment on the State of the Sleep Industry.
I welcome two new, and one returning, representatives to the board of directors: Julie DeWitte, RST, RPSGT, RCP, Brendan Duffy, RST, RPSGT, and Kevin Asp, RPSGT, CRT. These newly elected Directors-at-Large will be installed to office during the General Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony. It is always exciting to honor the contributions of AAST members who go above and beyond. Each of these AAST award recipients is deserving of their award, and it brings me great pleasure to recognize them for their efforts.
Robyn Woidtke, MSN, RN, RPSGT, CCSH, is receiving the AAST Leadership Award; Joanne Hebding, RST, RPSGT, is receiving the AAST Service Award; Steven Lenik, RST, RPSGT, CCSH, is receiving the AAST Professional Development Service Award and Tamara Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH, is receiving the AAST Literary Award. I am particularly proud to be presenting the AAST New Technologist Award to Megan Mackay, RPSGT. This award is presented to a recent graduate of an accredited sleep technology education program who has passed the American Board of Sleep Medicine or Board of Registered Polysomnograhpic Technologists credentialing examination and attained the RST or RPSGT credential within the past one year.
The AAST has established a scholarship named in memorial of Rose Ann Zumstein, 8th President (2002-2005) and a dedicated leader in the field of sleep technology. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving sleep technologist and covers the expenses to participate in an AAST sponsored continuing education program such as the annual meeting. I am pleased to congratulate Stephanie Touhey, who will be awarded the 2017 Rose Ann Zumstein Scholarship at the 39th Annual Meeting.
As if you didn’t have enough reasons to attend the AAST Sleep Conference in Boston, the AAST is hosting a Karaoke event on Sunday evening and is a co-sponsor of Blues Night! Blues Night will be held Monday, June 5, from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Storyville Night Club, 90 Exeter Street in Boston. We expect attendees will enjoy these special events!
Also, be sure to save the date for the upcoming 2017 Fall Course “Current Technology Trends”. This course will be held at the Louisville Marriott East in Louisville, KY on October 13 - 14, 2017, in conjunction with the Kentucky Sleep Society. Keep an eye on the fall course page on the AAST website for updates.
The future of our organization is exciting and full of potential. If you want information on our upcoming move to a new management company please visit www.aastweb.org/newsandevents/townhall_blog to listen to the recording of our town hall meeting. If you have questions about the change, this is a great place to find answers. Just wait until you see the good things coming to support volunteerism and professional growth!
As I wrap up my term, I can honestly say that I am honored and blessed to have been able to serve as your President and help carry on the Mission and Vision of the AAST. This has been one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities I have ever had. I leave this post with a feeling of personal pride, knowing that I have grown with the support of my many mentors; both past and current leaders, as well as so many members who passionately love sleep as I do.
I look forward to seeing you in Boston, and in Louisville in October (don’t mind me if I shed a tear or two—it is due to my immense pride and joy to work alongside all of you).
Laura A Linley, CRTT, RPSGT