“Everything requires time. It is the only truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time. Yet most people take for granted this unique, irreplaceable, and necessary resource. Nothing else, perhaps, distinguishes effective executives as much as their tender loving care of time.” – Peter Drucker (1909-2005)
Working professionals, regardless of their particular industry or expertise, struggle with the same issues: time management and work/life balance. In the medical fields, with 12 hour shifts, longer hours and round the clock shifts, these issues become even more pronounced. Sleep technician, in particular specifically are working evening hours exclusively, and respiratory therapists usually work all three shifts on a rotation basis.
Since most sleep recordings are made during the patient’s usual sleep hours, many PSG techs work during the evening and night. Often the shift is 10-12 hours with several techs working together or in some cases, a sleep tech may work alone for the entire night. Respiratory therapists have round the clock hours as well, whether in a hospital, home health facility, sleep study institute, rehab center or testing lab. Most respiratory therapists work in hospitals for 12 hour shifts either day or night shifts, usually three to four shifts per week.
To add to their demanding work schedule, each of these medical professionals need a fair amount of continuing education per year:
- Sleep technologists are required to get recertified every five years to maintain their credentials. To get recertified, one must either retake and pass the RPSGT or RST examination, or accrue 50 continued education credits (CECs) over the five years.
- Respiratory Therapists requirements are set by individual state boards, but average between 20 to 30 hours of continuing education every two years, with recertifications required annually or biannually depending on the state of residence. For a full list of CE requirements for Respiratory Therapists in the US, click here.
To travel for these continuing education courses can incur not only high costs for the employer but also extended time away from family, work and increased stress for the employee. Recent studies have show that business travel averages about $611 per day with cost of meals, car rentals, hotels and travel costs in the U.S. And these days, travel can induce stress with the long waits, overcrowded flights, navigating in unfamiliar locations and any jet lag or poor quality of sleep away from home. It may take several days after the trip for the traveler to be a full working capacity, which can also decrease productivity for the employer.
With all these considerations, SleepEdu.org has made it possible to provide certified, cost-effective and convenient continuing education courses. Our courses are written by Sleep Medicine and Respiratory Care Industry Leaders, and are peer and/or physician reviewed. We have courses approved by the following:
- Approved by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for CRCE
- Approved by the American Society of Sleep Technologists (AAST) for CECs
- Approved by the Board of Polysomnographic Technicans (BRPT) for CSTEs
- Approved by the Canadian Society Of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) for CPDs
Our Continuing Education courses for Sleep Technicians and Respiratory Therapists provide time-saving and low costs solutions that will equip the medical professionals to meet all state and federal certification requirements in the United States and Canada.
Take a look at the SleepEdu.org’s full list of CEU’s for Sleep Technicians:
Take a look at the SleepEdu.org’s full list of CEU’s for Respiratory Therapists:
If you have any questions regarding any of courses, our certifications and logistics of our online courses, please contact our staff at email@example.com or call our headquarters in Hustonville, KY at 859-469-6205.