You.Have.Choices.

“Nothing is more expensive than a missed Opportunity.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Let’s Begin to Think About:

Don’t settle for ‘fine’ – your job, your career…at a minimum should be ‘good’.  Actually why not shoot for ‘great’.

Remember, if you are in this field of Neurodiagnostics – regardless of whether you are registered or not: 

You.Have.Choices.

As they say in real estate (sort of…):  It’s a Technician’s Market!

Remember when we checked in April during Neurodiagnostic Week (read older post here)…there were over 1600 EEG technician positions open in the U.S!

Want even more choices?  

Let’s get back to Your Year to Getting Registered goal.

We are still in our mid-year check in…We’ve made progress but still have work to do.

By now you should have taken an ASAP practice test to gauge where you are…Let’s focus your prep now on those results. 

What are the area’s that you need to improve on in order to pass?

  • Make a plan.
  • List each of those areas on their own calendar (don’t write this stuff on your already busy calendar).
  • List a new area/topic on Sunday of each week.
  • Plan daily to review different sources (Monday – textbook references, Tuesday – Quizlet, Wednesday – YouTube videos, etc…)  Need more suggestions on where to look?  Visit the Resource Library on this site.
  • Dedicate no more than an hour/day – even 30 minutes will significantly help….You.Got.This.

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Remember Your Why

“So often in life things that you regard as an Impediment, turn out to be Great Good Fortune.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg

A New Month means a New Opportunity to get it right…Students might be on break for the summer but we’re not : )

As you approach the mid way mark for Your Year to Getting Registered – this isn’t the time to slow down and pause.

  • If you haven’t taken a practice test yet – this is a good time to have those results in.

Filling in the gaps for what you are still needing is important at this stage.  If you don’t know what those gaps are….your missing a key piece of the puzzle.

  • Reminder:  Weekly CEU’s (preferably free!) It’s a lot easier and cheaper to do 1 a week than to try to find (and pay for) 30 at a time.

Remember Your Why – the one that pertains to Why you want to be Registered.

Your Income….Your Options…..Your Career…the trajectory only goes up from here.

Also…the Neurodiagnostic field needs you! Just click here to read an earlier post.

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Put To The Test

“You put an ounce in a bucket each day, you get a quart.” – John McPhee

If getting registered in this field has been a goal you have been carrying for awhile now – make strides this month to push towards finishing.

It’s Month #5 in Your Year to Getting Registered – whether you have been traveling along on this journey all Year or if you are just now Joining us….You.Got.This

It’s May and graduation ceremonies are in full swing…schools are winding down…Spring has sprung and vacation mode is starting to set in…but don’t let your guard down on this Goal.

  • Review the Exam Handbook (ABRET.org) either for the 1st time or the 5th time
  • Check Your Progress by taking a practice test.
  • If you did well – go ahead and sign up to test.
  • If you didn’t  – Make a plan for preparing for the areas that you need additional help with.

Plan on signing up for the Neurodiagnostic Niche Monthly Subscription that includes Lesson Plans and Resources to help keep you on track.

This 12 Month Subscription (around $10/month) provides a monthly email to your in-box to keep you motivated and focused to reach your Registration goal.

Received during the first half of the month – a Study Guide with Resources and a Lesson Plan. Don’t miss this chance to take advantage of the 2022 Introductory Rate. 

If you struggle with staying on target for this goal – this tool could just be what you need to help stay focused this year.

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It’s Never Too Late To Ask

‘Am I willing to look foolish today so I can learn something that will make me better tomorrow?’ – James Clear

It’s ok not to know (and contrary to the quote – it’s not foolish : ).  

Even if you have been in this field for awhile – it’s never too late to ask.

All of us have a different background for our training and how we fell into this field.  Maybe you have been doing this for awhile but somehow missed the foundational training that you wished you had received.

It’s never too late to ask.

  • Reach out to your mentors at work – if you don’t have one….it’s best to find one.
  • Google can be useful sometimes – there are lots of good resources out there.
  • Visit the ASET and ABRET site
  • Make time to complete CEU’s not just because you need them to sit for your exam but because the information will help you.
  • Take a peek at the Your Year to Getting Registered member content on the Marketplace for this site – the regular motivation and tips will help you stay on track. Click Here to view.

and if you need a tutor just email me @ RTompkins@TompkinsAssociates.com

Would be happy to help!

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Now Enrolling for Summer 2022

North Texas Neurodiagnostic Academy

The Best Kept Secret in Healthcare

It’s Neurodiagnostic Week!  Seriously though….I think we need a whole month.

Most people have no clue what we do…It is honestly the Best Kept Secret in Healthcare!

This field had a staffing shortage long before it became a popular trend in other areas…and it just keeps getting worse.

A quick search on Indeed.com for ‘EEG Technician’ currently shows 1661 jobs openings in the U.S.

For those working in this field we know how interesting and rewarding it is…

  • Taking a patient history during the set up and quietly guessing to yourself what you think you will see on the recording.
  • That Wow! feeling watching the waveforms displayed on the screen…It never gets old.
  • If you are lucky enough to work around the doctors in charge of your patient’s care – inquiring their thoughts on the test and the opportunity to learn every day.

A career where you can work in a clinic, a hospital, an operating room, or at home…..How is it that such a versatile and dynamic field can have such a large national shortage of qualified staff?

That is why solving this problem will take a collective effort by the physicians, technicians, educators, administrators, and those who influence young people’s career decisions.

Some Fun Facts:

  • At the time of this writing there are 8350 Registered EEG technologists; however, 2000 of those were issued over 30 years ago.  So in all likelihood just over 6000 working Registered EEG technologists (that’s .0018% of the U.S. population : ).  Fortunately, there are many other qualified staff working in this field that are not yet registered or are currently working on getting registered. But it’s worth repeating – there are currently 1661 EEG technician job openings posted on indeed.com.
  • The EEG Registry exam was first issued in 1963 and in 2021 had a pass rate of 77% with Pathway III having the highest success rate. (reference: Exam Statistics on abret.org)
  • In 1924 Hans Berger, a German Psychiatrist inserted silver wires under his subject’s scalp (mostly used his children) and invented the EEG recording. He called it an Elektrenkephalogramm and first described the alpha rhythm showing how it suppresses when we open our eyes.
  • In 1937 the first hospital based EEG lab was started with a 2 channel EEG machine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
  • The EEG may be the mostly widely administered test in Neurodiagnostics; however, many technologists are skilled to perform a wide range of testing including Long-Term Monitoring, Polysomnography, Evoked Potentials, Nerve Conduction Studies, and Intra-Operative Monitoring. 

Even though this field is ‘the best kept secret in healthcare’ most all of us have been trying for years to get the word out.

Let’s Begin to Think About:

  • How we can mentor to new staff to improve our national registry statistics?
  • How we can support our National Society?
  • How we can communicate this field to local students?

This week gives us an opportunity to share what we do, but honestly – let’s take more than a week.

Not Just What, But Why

Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves? – Robin Williams

Ever feel like all you are doing is memorizing test questions and answers? Hard part about that is if the question is asked in a different way – you’re stuck! This way of preparing makes it really easy to get tripped up.

Understanding not just the What but the Why is important.

They can then ask the question any way they want and…You.Got.This!

ASAP practice tests are a great way to gauge what you know and what you need to focus your prep on…then make a plan to outline how you are going to learn what your missing.

Really learn – not just memorize.

Do one thing each day to create momentum:  

  • Follow an expert on LinkedIn – engage in the conversation. 
  • Take a lesson.
  • Inquire from your mentors.
  • Create an accountability group.

Do one thing each day. This might be a good time to reference an older post:

Habits are More Important than Goals

And if you need a little more help – take a peek at Your Year to Getting Registered Member Content on the Marketplace (just click here).

  • Take your Neurodiagnostic Niche participation to this new level with Member Only Content. This 12 Month Subscription (around $10/month) provides a monthly email to your in-box to keep you motivated and focused to reach your Registration goal.
  • Received during the first week of the month – a Study Guide with Resources and a Lesson Plan. Don’t miss this chance to take advantage of the 2022 Introductory Rate. If you struggle with staying on target for this goal – this tool could just be what you need to help stay focused this year.

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Pace Yourself

“You can do Anything; but not Everything.” – David Allen

If this is Your Year to Getting Registered or just in general for any target that you set for yourself; it’s important to set goals you can actually achieve.

First step – write down a few simple goals:

  • Review the exam eligibility
  • Review the Content Outline of the Exam
  • Set a schedule for each area on the Outline 

This is not an exam you can ‘cram’ foryou need an understanding of the material or you will just get confused when presented with questions…particularly ones that have multiple correct answers and they are looking for the ‘best fit’.

Your main goal right now is to build momentum.

Set habits to include board prep into your work day:

  • Review physician reports to help you start to speak the language and look up any terms you are not familiar with.

This repeated review will help you greatly in the long run.

Need additional support?  Sign up to receive the monthly Member Content from this site.  This 12 month regular resource will help guide and support you as you tackle this goal. Received during the first week of the month – a Study Guide with Resources and a Lesson Plan.

Don’t miss this chance to take advantage of the 2022 Introductory Rate. This 12 Month Subscription (around $10/month) provides a monthly email to your in-box to keep you motivated and focused to reach your Registration goal. Just visit the Marketplace today.

Don’t forget:  Give yourself plenty of time to get things done – Pace Yourself : )

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Keep It Simple

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” –  Arthur Ashe

After the challenges of the past 2 years –  Isn’t it time for putting new routines in place and some structure back into our lives…

If this is Your Year to Getting Registered – the discipline and structure will be what will take you over the finish line.

Last post was about having a Plan – (click here to review)

This week let’s put some things in place…

  • I’m a big believer that in order to achieve our goals, it’s super helpful to write them out.  If you haven’t already done this – take a moment and put pen to paper.  
  • Read through the ‘Starters’ section in the Resource Library for this site – It will help you outline when you are eligible to take the exam and then work backwards from there.
  • Start collecting your CEU’s – getting the required amount before you submit your application is no quick task – also, the material you will be exposed to will help you in this preparation process.  There are a ton of free options that occur monthly – Start Here
  • Knock out each area in the Content Outline for the exam (Not sure where to find it? It’s in the Starters section of the Resource Library) Again there are a lot of free options…Quizlet, Pinterest posts on EEG, EpilepsyDiagnosis.org, etc… 
  • Want additional motivation and lessons plans to help you stay on track?  Sign up for Your Year to Getting Registered subscription pack.  For about $10/month you’ll receive a monthly email with a Lesson Plan, Tips, a Q & A and Resources to help you stay on track.  Just click here to order.

Email me if you need a tutor (RTompkins@TompkinsAssociates.com) – I would be happy to help!

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Your Year To Getting Registered

“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.”
― C.S. Lewis

I think there is something so exciting about getting a clean slate to create whatever opportunities you want.  This is one of the reasons why I am such a fan of a New Year – It’s a fresh start!

Even though for most of us working in healthcare…the last two years have been especially challenging – staying focused on our career goals helps us maintain that needed momentum. 

If this is Your Year to Getting Registered:

Focus on the Process and you’ll continue to make Progress

  • Start with a Plan – if you have tried before be sure to Reflect back on what part of your previous Plan worked…what part didn’t.
  • Be Disciplined and Create Structure – Routines matter…
  • Make the Effort – Plan your day out in a manageable way – so that you can execute on your weekly & monthly goals.
  • Be Flexible – Life happens.

I want to take a moment to THANK You! for following along with this blog – I hope it has been a source of inspiration and resources for you.  Keep checking back regularly or for blog updates in your inbox – just enter your email address at the bottom of this website.  

But if you would like to take your participation in the Neurodiagnostic Niche Community to a new level – this year I am introducing a Members Only content section.  Plan on signing up for the Monthly Subscription that includes Lesson Plans and Resources to help keep you on track.

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Remember – This is Your Year to Getting Registered!

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