Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014 Neurodiagnostics Updates: News from ABRET re: recertification and more

Here it is, New Year’s Eve, 2013!   I have gotten a few calls this week from techs that are under the wire to complete their recertification application, due at the end of this year.  Some are scrambling to accrue the rest of the CEUs required!  I have some good news for all of you “last minute shoppers”!  ABRET has offered an extension for credentials expiring this year only.   The extension is granted for up to six months!  There will be a “late fee” of $100 added to the $75 regular application fee.   ABRET’s Executive Director, Janice Walbert, explained to me that there is no need to file paperwork or notify ABRET at this time, if you wish to take advantage of this extension.  Between now and June, those technologists who are due to recertify by the end of this year, who have missed the deadline, will be “certified in grace” until June.  As long as you turn in your application, fees and documentation of the required continuing education hours by then, you will be able to renew your credential.
Please note that in the interim, if anyone looks up your name on the credential search tab of the ABRET website, your expiring credential will appear in red, indicating that it is past due.  So, if you are in a situation such as a job interview, where an employer might research your credentials, it is important to explain this up front.
Starting in 2014, ABRET will offer only a one-month grace period for expiring credentials, so mark your calendars now, if you need to recertify in 2014!

Other news items: 
·        ASET’s lower registration rate for our seminar courses!
You may not have noticed yet, but this year ASET is offering lower registration fees for our spring and fall seminar courses!   We have reduced rates up to $100 for the two-day courses!  In years’ past, the early registration rate for ASET members was $375 and this year it will be just $275!  We at ASET try to listen to our members and address their needs.  With the trend for health care institutions to cut back on covering educational expenses, many technologists are struggling to fund their attendance at courses.  At the same time, with ABRET’s requirements for CEUs both for recertification and qualification for the EEG registry exam, more technologists than ever before must partake of formal education.  I am hoping that the reduction in fees will allow more technologists to come to our courses.  Please support ASET by attending our educational events.  You will get a good value for your investment!  Please look at the meeting tab on our website for more information about our seminar schedule for 2014.  We will be in Pittsburgh, PA on March 29 & 30, with “EEG Boot Camp” and “LTM Academy” courses.   We will offer “EEG Boot Camp” in Arlington, TX on November 8 & 9.   For the first time, at the Fall Seminar course, we will be sharing the meeting space with AAET, who will sponsor the NCS course that will run concurrently.

·        Recap: ASET Course at AES – “Making an LTM/ICU Monitoring Program Work: Technical Aspects
We had 72 registered attendees for this one day course!  This was above and beyond my expectations!  We would have had even more local technologists participating, those who planned to drive into D.C. on the day of the course, if the icy, messy snowstorm had not arrived mid-day!   However, we did have several nurse practitioners and physicians who were at the AES meeting come by and sign up to attend the course that day.  And those folks were very impressed with our knowledge and the course content!  We got rave reviews all around!   Thanks so much to our speakers:  Judy Ahn-Ewing, Dr. Joseph Drazkowski, Cheryl Plummer, Sherry Nehamkin, Ryan Lau and Sabrina Galloway!   We won’t be able to repeat this opportunity until 2015, but based on the success of this event, we certainly will work on hosting another course at the AES conference to be held in Philadelphia that year!

Happy New Year to all!  Hope to see you at an ASET educational event in 2014!

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