The BRPT's Clinical Sleep Educator (CSE) Certificate Program continues to grow and gain momentum. BRPT offered its third program at the recent FOCUS conference in Nashville, Tennessee, which was a huge success with more than 250 attendees. Following the course, the BRPT caught up with one of the participants, Kathy Johnson, R.EEG/EP T., RPSGT, FASET, who shared her experience and thoughts on what drove her to take the course:
"I decided to participate in the CSE program to determine if the CSE certificate would allow me to expand the role of RPSGTs in the sleep center. For some time, I've seen gaps where the sleep specialist and the DME providers are unable to devote adequate time to patient education and follow-up and this program appeared to provide some education on how that can be accomplished. The program was extremely well staffed with speakers who are knowledgeable in the areas that were pertinent to the very needs I have identified in my sleep center. I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and plan to send at least one or two of my RPSGTs to take the course. I hope to be able to implement the Clinical Sleep Educator role into our sleep center in the near future and this course certainly gave me the tools I need to get the ball rolling in this direction. I firmly believe our patients, our physicians and our staff will benefit."
Thanks to all who attended – your motivation and professionalism made for a terrific day. The next CSE program will be offered in conjunction with BRPT's Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky on September 12; the Symposium will take place September 13-14. Registration for both opening soon!
The application window for the fourth annual Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship Program opened on May 15. The Scholarship Program, named in honor of an early and highly regarded leader in the field of sleep technology, awards a $2,500 tuition grant each year to a promising student of polysomnography.
Said BRPT President Cindy Altman, RPSGT R. EEG/EP T., "We're excited to enter the award cycle for the fourth Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship and by the sustained growth of the program. It's a terrific honor to learn more about these dedicated and hard working students and to ultimately select the winner."
Andrea Patterson, RPSGT, R. EEG T., managed the Hennepin County Sleep Program in Minneapolis, Minnesota for almost 30 years and was a leader in early efforts to develop a standardized competency-based test for sleep technologists. Those efforts were instrumental in the development of the RPSGT credentialing program. She published extensively in scientific journals and served on the BRPT Exam Development Committee for over 20 years, until her death in 2007.
Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in or accepted by a CAAHEP-accredited program in PSG, a CoARC-accredited program with a PSG add-on or an accredited END program with a PSG add-on. The scholarship application, a full description of eligibility requirements and other program details are available at http://www.brpt.org/default.asp?contentID=58.
Applications must be completed and returned to the BRPT no later than close of business November 1. The Andrea Patterson Memorial Scholarship Committee is chaired by Melissa Boutte, RPSGT, CRT. The Committee will select the scholarship recipient and the winner will be announced in January 2014.