Editorial
Editorial Concerning North Carolina Law

North Carolina is very proud to say we had legislation, the " Polysomnography Practice Act,” unanimously passed for our profession and technologists on August 7, 2009 stating that you must be a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist by January 01, 2012 in order to practice in this State.

In light of the announcement made by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, here in North Carolina, our law, the Polysomnography Practice Act is very specific and does not allow for another credential, and the law of this State is the governing power for sleep technologists.  We need to reflect on where we came from and what we achieved in this process.

There were many entities involved in our success of establishing a standard, profession and a law.  The following associations and boards came together to agree on our beliefs for this legislation.  They included The North Carolina Medical Board, The North Carolina Medical Society, The Respiratory Care Board, and The North Carolina Society for Respiratory Care, the North Carolina Association of Nurses, the North Carolina Hospital Association, and the North Carolina Association of Sleep Technologists along with the support of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the American Association of Sleep Technologists, and Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. All of these organizations came to an agreement for our profession in this State of NC.

North Carolina is in the top ten states in this country with Registered Polysomnographic Technologists; and, is the leader in the country with CAAHEP accredited formal educational programs for polysomnography; soon to have the first class to begin the  Baccalaureate Degree program in Sleep Medicine in the world.

Our law establishes safety for the consumer; education and standards for the technologists and centers, of which these guidelines were established by the AASM, AAST, and the BRPT.  Safety, education and standards are the pathways to excellence, achieved over the test of time, and through valid and accepted examination  procedures.

The individuals with the credential of RPSGT in NC will be listed with the North Carolina Medical Board ensuring identification of credentialed RPSGTs in this State who have met the standards through examination by the BRPT.  This undertaking by the Medical Board promotes accountability and visibility; identifies members to colleagues, employers, legislators, and the general public; and most importantly it protects consumers – our patients – through educational standards and credentialing by the only world wide accepted exam.  The physicians provide oversight of the technologists, and the BRPT sets forth the standards and ethics committee for regulation.

Our focus has been, is, and always will be on patient safety.  It is the core of all educational curriculum programs for polysomnographic technologists in this State.  The goal of polysomnographic education is to provide the students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to be competent health care providers in this profession.

All of this history is a very brief summation of information provided to our lawmakers so that we were able to raise our profession to the standards set forth in our Vision and Mission Statement of this organization of which we are proud to claim.  Moreover, this is how we came to be where we are today by never losing site of our goals.  Every technologist with the credential of RPSGT and every potential technologist has the freedom to make a choice; however, in North Carolina, the law, the Polysomnography Practice Act states that you must be a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist if you choose to practice in this profession, in this State.

We will always be facing new and sometimes difficult challenges; it all depends on how we face those challenges that determines our course for the future of this profession.

 

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It takes all of us to be successful, and everyone has something to offer.  If anyone is interested in assisting in any way, please notify the board with your interest.  Our individual emails and phone numbers are on the website:  www.ncsleep.org .  Our NCAST email: // This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Keeping in mind our Vision and Mission Statement of  the North Carolina Academy of Sleep Medicine, we are dedicated to advancing the standards and education of Sleep Medicine and will continue to be the leader in the country.  This field has advanced exponentially over the last 3 years with all of your help.  We will continue to provide an exchange of sleep information to all sleep professionals in the State of North Carolina and commit to helping anyone else outside of the state with their endeavors to move forward with their educational and legislative programs.It is important we all realize this is a group and team effort from everyone to have Polysomnography recognized as an autonomous profession. We all must strive to do whatever is necessary for the betterment of all.   We are excited about how far we have come and how far we plan to go.  Thanks to all of you – YOU have made this possible !!!


 
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