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Worth Your Time

“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” – Brian Herbert

This Summer’s focus on the blog is all about Continuing Education – Some of us do this because it’s required to gain CEU’s for our re-certification and then there are some of us that do this just because the benefits are many.

Wherever you are in the above sentence – I would encourage you to mark your calendar for Thursday, June 17th @ 11am EST to hear the upcoming eSeminar from Natus’ Training Academy.

Click Here to Register

It’s entitled:  ‘All the Wiggly Lines: In-office and Ambulatory EEGs in Private Practice’ and the presenter is Dr. Daniel Gossett.

Not only because it will be an informative educational hour but because he is one of the doctors I work for and I can assure you it will be well worth your time.

As technicians and technologists let’s be sure to prioritize Continuing Education as part of our regular workday….hence the closer below for every blog post : )

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Good-Bye May, Hello June

Hello June – Please Be Awesome!

Tomorrow is a New Month – 30 Days of New Opportunities…

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.

All it takes is a moment to make the commitment.

Put the following in place and you’ll be surprised at how far this month can take you:

1 – Review the Statistics (ABRET Exam Statistics:  https://abret.org/info/exam-statistics/ ) – with a Pass Rate of 82% in 2020 and 85% in 2019 – You.Got.This!

2 – Take a Practice Test – (the best one to take is going to be the one used by the testing administrators:  ASAP https://abret.org/asap/)

2 – Make the Commitment to Test – Candidates have three (3) months from the date they receive the “Eligible to Test” notification to schedule and sit for the examination.  Sign Up Here:  (https://abret.org/)

3 – Now that you are All In – Review What You Need to Know.  Visit the free Resource Library on this website.  Use your Practice Test results to guide your preparation.

4 – There are A Ton of Free Resources available to you through search engines – but if you find you need additional Tutoring/Coaching support – email me and I would be happy to help (RTompkins@TompkinsAssociates.com) Zoom lessons for both Small Group or Private lessons are Available.

It’s a new month – Let’s Make the Most of It!

You.Got.This

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Blank Slate

“The beginning is the most important part of the work.” – Plato

In this post we are celebrating new beginnings!

Graduation ceremonies are in full swing…schools are winding down…Spring has sprung and vacation mode is starting to set in.

Everyone starts with a blank slate – what are you going to put on yours?

Get creative…put pen to paper and list out your goals:

Being able to readily articulate your goals – can also help you define them.

Many of us struggle not because we aren’t motivated but because we lose our focus.

If getting Registered in this field is on your list, this is a great time to review your progress:

  • Check out the Resource Library on this site and review the links in the Starters section.
  • Next move onto the Helpful Resources & Website section to continue to prepare for what you need to know.

Email me if you need help RTompkins@TompkinsAssociates.com

You.Got.This

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Seize The Day

“Forever is composed of nows.” – Emily Dickerson

Can you believe it is already May?

If time seems to be flying by and you are unsure of or haven’t been able to hit your mark on your goals – visualize yourself where you want to be:

To help you see your future, here’s a list of questions to ask yourself. 

Whether it’s one year or five, use this list to jumpstart your personal expectations and next steps. Some of them may be challenging to answer, and that is on purpose. Each question is designed to help you visualize the PROCESS for getting to where you want to be.

Answer each question as if you are living your ideal future in 5 years:

1. When somebody asks what you do for work, how do you respond?

2. Describe your physical surroundings in as much detail as possible. Where are you working? Where do you live? Where do you spend your free time?

3. Describe the people surrounding you – in your business and personal life.

4. What is the atmosphere in your business and personal life? How do you contribute to that atmosphere?

5. What are you most proud of?

6. What is your favorite way to spend your downtime?

7. When somebody asks you for mentoring advice, what do you tell them?

8. Describe the steps you had to take to get to where you are.

9. Do you have any regrets? Explain.

10. What would you have done differently to get here?

If becoming registered in the field of Neurodiagnostics is in your visualization exercise from above – You.Got.This

There are a ton of RESOURCES (click the link : ) available for you to help you in your journey.

Start now and remember:

Research.Review.Repeat

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know 

That’s A Wrap…

We are not makers of history, we are made by history.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Re-running this post from last year in case you missed it : )

Just some quick fun facts as we wrap up Neurodiagnostics Week:

  • 1924 – Calvin Coolidge was elected President, Jimmy Carter was born, the first Macy’s Day Parade was held…and 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.
  • 1934 – It’s real breakthrough into the clinical world when 2 patients with Absence seizures were studied at Harvard and because their seizures didn’t introduce movement artifact in the recording a clear 3Hz Spike and Wave complex was seen.
  • 1937 – the first hospital based EEG lab was started with a 2 channel EEG machine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
  • 1963 – the first EEG registration exam is administered for technicians. There are currently 7898 (updated #) technologists in the world at the time of this writing that have passed the test. (Lol…my number is 2474 : )
  • Although EEG is the most common test in Neurodiagnostics, the field also includes inter-operative monitoring, long-term monitoring, polysomograms, evoked potentials, and nerve conduction studies.

Pretty amazing how this test has evolved and how we can now conduct them in the comfort of patient’s own homes. Remembering how far we have come is inspiring for what is ahead.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

A Clean Slate

“…as you go through life, if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.” – Katherine Hepburn

We are in charge of us : ) No one else is going to do it for us. 

We talk a lot about setting goals for ourselves in this blog and if getting Registered is one of yours…that is most likely the reason you are following these posts.

Which is a GREAT first step in working towards your goal!

We all need a little motivation every now and again.

Have you been able to take your goal further?

It’s your goal and it’s your success journey.

Still struggling where to start?

1 – Visit the Resource Library and review all of the tabs under the Starters section.

2 – Next, move down to reviewing the Helpful Resources & Websites before continuing on to review the Neurodiagnostic Niche Resources links.

3 – Start earning CEU’s not just because you will need them, but because they will provide valuable learning opportunities.

4 –  Look for opportunities to provide learning into your work day….ask a doctor about their patient…read your patient’s EEG reports.  Did you see what the interpreting physician saw?

However, if self-studying board prep has become a bit overwhelming for you – take a peek at my training academy Now Enrolling for a May semester start date:  The North Texas Neurodiagnostic Academy (www.NorthTexasNeurodiagnosticAcademy.com) – both remote and in-person training options available.

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Make It Count

‘To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.’ – Mary Oliver

What you do today matters.  

Small things add up…the time we spend on them become how we spend our days…and how we spend our days become how we spend our lives.

Make it count.

Let’s start here:

1 – Keep moving – if the only marathoning we are doing involves Netflix we are doing a great disservice to the time we have been given.

2 – Find your purpose – there actually is data to show that this can add years to our lives by producing lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and therefore having less inflammation.

Do what motivates you and do it often.  Immerse yourself in things you find most valuable.

3 – Challenge yourself – learn something hard.  For those of us in this field of neurodiagnostics we know how intricate and amazing the brain is.  It needs to work to be at it’s best.  Getting out of our comfort zone challenges our brain and can benefit by enhancing those elaborate and complex neural connections.  Fun Fact: Our brain contains roughly the same number of neurons as there are stars in the Milky Way, around 100 billion.

Seek out enjoyable but complex challenges.

4 – Connect with Others – just like wolves…we do better in a pack.

How to tie this around to you preparing for your boards?

We can apply each of the points above to our board prep….Keep moving, Find your purpose, Continue to challenge yourself and Connect with others:

You.Got.This

p.s. I started a YouTube Channel…have one video uploaded (it’s a shorter version of a talk I did for Natus last year).  Would love it if you would subscribe.  I hope to post updates regularly : )

p.s.s. Need a formal 30 week program to help you prepare for your board exam? or perhaps to also fine tune your technical skills?

My training academy is now enrolling for a May start date – just email me @ RTompkins@TompkinsAssociates.com for more information or visit the North Texas Neurodiagnostic Academy website (www.NorthTexasNeurodiagnosticAcademy.com)

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Spring Forward

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.” — Lilly Pulitzer

10 Ways to Jump Start Your Spring Board Prep:

  1. Know Where You Stand….have you been preparing to take your boards for awhile now?  You might know more than you think.  Try an official practice test to gauge what you know:  Click here to sign up to take an ASAP (ABRET Self Assessment Program) Practice Test.
  2. Break Up The Soil…..definitely don’t Dig A Hole for yourself – by this I am referring to costs ($$).  There are a ton of free or inexpensive Resources out there for either entering into this field or preparing to take your board exam to become Registered.  Click here to access the Resource Library on the Neurodiagnostic Niche to get started with some recommended sites.
  3. Plant the Seed…put a plan in place.  Start with deciding when you want to sit for your exam then work backwards with monthly goals to get you there.  Not sure how the exam works?  The ABRET 2021 Handbook is the best place to start. Click on the link to access the Exam Handbook and Outline.
  4. Water Regularly….weekly and monthly goals.  It is a lot of material – break down each section on the Exam Outline and address them regularly. 
  5. Provide Nutrients…. Make Notecards as you prepare and Review them often.
  6. Be Patient…becoming an R.EEG T takes experience.  Employers expect registered technicians to know their stuff – to be leaders in their labs.  This is not something that is obtained through a Quick Course.  Find a mentor, gain that experience, and put in the work.  Time will help prepare you.
  7. Uproot Weeds…Preparing for your boards can feel like a chore – but tackle these tasks daily.  Every patient you record can be a learning opportunity.  Talk to your doctor’s about their patients.  If you don’t have access to doctors to do that – review the EEG reports on your tests.  Did you see what they saw?  Interested in a Record Review Tutoring Session?  Click here to schedule.
  8. Prune Often…wasting a lot of time on Social Media?  I wrote a post on this last year: Meant For More
  9. Take Root…take a practice exam again – you’ll be surprised at how much you now know.  However, if you don’t do as well as you had hoped on the practice test – repeat steps 2-8.  The test is expensive – you only want to take it once.
  10. Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor…once you have earned the credentials – it is time for a pay increase!  Ask your current employer for one if they don’t automatically adjust your hourly.  There are more jobs than there are technologists – it is nice to be needed! : )

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know

Edit, Edit, Edit

To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake, it’s necessary to stand out in the cold. – Aristotle

By now we’re off and running with the routines of 2021 – the global circumstances of this year are still overwhelming for all of us; however, focusing on what we can control will help us all in the long run.

  • Bored with your exam prep routine?

Click here and here to discover new sites – the photos in the Neuro Atlas site alone will remind you of the Wow! feeling you had and why you became interested in this field in the first place.

  • Maybe you’re worried that you won’t pass or you attempted the exam and didn’t do as well as planned…

Be sure to take plenty of practice tests before signing up for the real deal – it’s an expensive test and you only want to take it once.

Click here for recommended practice tests.

  • Tired of the passive viewing of on-line resources?  Is it hard to stay motivated?

Click here for tutoring options to help you stay on track this year.

and lastly…

  • Winter blues just getting you down? Need some motivation to work happier?

Click here for one of my favorite TED talks ever!

Let’s Stay Curious and Grow What We Know