Over the past several months the AAST board of directors has been working to develop our new strategic plan. A draft of the plan was posted on the AAST website in February for member comment. The input the board received was valuable and beneficial to the completion of the plan.
The AAST board of directors recognizes that there are significant changes on the horizon that will have a substantial impact on the profession of sleep technology. As sleep professionals this is not the time to turn our back on the reality of the changing tide, but to embrace it and make a positive impact on our profession. As the professional society for sleep technologists, the AAST has developed the 2012 Strategic Plan to help guide the profession through the early stages of this critical transition period and open the door for new opportunities. This plan will help the AAST fulfill its vision, which is "To preserve the autonomy and future of the sleep technology profession by providing educational and professional pathways with innovative approaches that promote professional growth and development."
On behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased to share with you the AAST's 2012 Strategic Plan. As you will see, work has already begun on implementing several of the goals and objectives in the plan. In fact, I would like to point out the new educational program, OCST and the Future of Sleep Technology, which will be held at the national office October 20-21, 2012. If you are interested in learning about how out of center sleep testing is impacting our profession and the new opportunities that lie ahead, I highly recommend that you attend this milestone event and register today - while there are seats still available.
The strategic plan is meant to be fluid enough to allow our organization to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our members and our profession. By keeping the strategic plan as our focal point and re-evaluating and revising the goals judiciously, we can keep current and focus on the issues that are affecting our profession now and in the future.
In the months ahead, I look forward to providing you with updates on the implementation of our strategic plan.
Melinda Trimble, RST, RPSGT, LRCP