Neurology Channel


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Benefits to Hiring from Within

Intern to New Hire: Benefits of Hiring From Within

A vacancy at your hospital can be a daunting expense. Not only do you have to worry about finding a new employee with the appropriate skill set who fits into the company culture, but the numbers alone for recruiting and hiring a new employee can be prohibitive.

A recent survey, conducted jointly by the Employment Management Association and the Society for Human Resources, of 636 professionals, looked at the cost of hiring a new employee. The solution for avoiding the high numbers you might face finding and hiring a brand new employee—convert an intern.

Hiring an intern already engaged in your company offers many benefits. An internship program will provide your company with an ongoing supply of employees who are already familiar with the job. And you will benefit from forgoing the recruitment period because you have ready access to candidates who have proven their skill, dedication, and ability to understand company culture.

The following statistics, gathered from the Cost Per Hire survey done by EMA and SHRM, offer insight into the greatest expenses associated with the hiring/recruiting period. The percentages are followed by a suggestion for reducing those costs by transforming an intern into a new hire.

    * Advertising and event costs (76%) – Converting an intern to a full-time hire means no expensive job listings in newspapers or journals
    * Internet services (63%) – Reduce fees needed for individual job postings
    * Third-party agency contract and fees (52%) – Unnecessary cost if hiring from within
    * Referral bonus costs (49%) -- Reduce staff time spent at job fairs, preparing job ads, resume review, interview time, phone pre-screens. These are just a few of the places your staff will save time and effort by hiring from a current intern pool.
    * Signing bonus (37%) -- No need to pay a signing bonus if you are converting an intern to a full-time employee. Also, employers report that salaries tend to be lower when hiring a current intern.
    * Technology-based hiring management (19%) – The Internet has increased the number of resumes submitted for positions. Reduce the time spent sorting, reviewing and organizing the paperwork by converting an intern to a new hire.

Recruiting and hiring is a large expense for a company of any size. Converting an intern to a new hire is worth it if you are just looking at these numbers, but when reviewing all of the mutually beneficial aspects of the conversion it’s an excellent solution. Whether you start by hiring one intern and vet new candidates by reviewing their performance in this role, or develop an intern program that gives you access to multiple employees, all of whom have been given the opportunity to prove their worth, it’s an obvious solution to finding and hiring the perfect employee at a low cost.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

IOM Training

Christopher Townsend Blog - very interesting reading since we are beginning a IOM program. Pass rates on exams are mentioned.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Long Distance Education

Judge Sides With For-Profit Colleges in Challenge to 'State Authorization' Rule

A U.S. District Court judge has struck down a portion of the Education Department's controversial "state authorization" rule but upheld a pair of rules barring deception in college recruiting and commissions for college recruiters.
In an opinion issued Tuesday, Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia tossed out a requirement that colleges offering online programs to students in other states had to seek approval from each of those states. Colleges had not been given adequate time to review the rule and comment on it, Judge Collyer wrote.
Her decision was cheered by the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, which sued the department in January over the state-authorization requirement, and over the department's "misrepresentation" and "incentive compensation" rules. In a statement issued Tuesday evening, the group called the ruling "a major victory for innovation in higher education and an important answer to the department's obvious overreach in this area."
The association expressed disappointment with the judge's decisions upholding the other rules, however, and said it was considering an appeal.
Justin Hamilton, a spokesman for the Education Department, said the department was "happy that the court fundamentally upheld the three regulations challenged by APSCU."
He added that the department was "still reviewing the opinion and considering our options on the one portion of our state-authorization regulation that the court did not affirm."
The state-authorization rule had been opposed not only by for-profit colleges, but by college lobbyists across all sectors of higher education. Colleges had cited the cost of seeking authorization in every state where they enrolled students as a prohibitive factor, and Republicans in Congress had begun work on legislation to repeal the rule.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Job Opportunities!

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MEG Technologist

The Atlantic Neuroscience Institute is seeking a full-time MEG Technologist to join start up of clinical MEG Program for adults and pediatric patients with epilepsy and/or brain tumor.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience in a busy electroneurodiagnostic lab including experience with EEG, LTM, intraoperative monitoring and epilepsy mapping for surgical candidates.  Technologist must be technically savvy and understand waveform analysis. Computer analysis skills required. Individuals with a background in physics will be highly regarded.  BA/BS strongly preferred along with R-EEG-T or other neurophysiology certification.  BLS certified.

Clinical Coordinator

The selected candidate will be responsible for coordinating all functions of the day-to-day operations of the EEG Labs at Overlook and Morristown Medical Centers including personnel recommendations and training, policy development and quality initiatives. Candidate will be instrumental in assisting with the opening of a new Magnetoencephalogram (MEG) program, the only one of its kind in the region for use in a clinical setting.  Works closely with department leadership to ensure accordance to standards of practice. Minimum of 5 years of clinical experience in the neurodiagnostic field as well as certification by a recognized credentialing body. Registration in neurodiagnostic field required. College graduate preferred.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

EEG Technician Needed

Please contact Ms. Stein if anyone has contacts that might be interested in working at her institution.

Sheila Stein RNFA, MS, CNOR
Manager of Peri-operative Services
Cayuga Medical Center 

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Video Education

Good Morning,

As most of you are aware, we will be moving into our new building this spring. As part of that move, we will be able to provide full scale high definition videoconferencing through various types of media - including mobile applications such as I-phone and I-pad.

This will not be a new media for us since I have been involved with broadcasting of high speed video for over 15 years with a company called Polycom and ISDN. However due to the development of IP networks and new routers we will now have the opportunity to expand our education and assesments directly into hospitals through face to face interaction ---- on a worldwide basis. We will also have the opportunity to provide medical education into rural health care areas - which can lead to a significant opportunity for grants, etc.

Please take a few minutes to review a you-tube video by the Arizona University Health Sciences Division - Expand the video into a full screen and note the high definition of their sample video. It will give you a opportunity to review what our possibilities might be as we move forward.

Click Here for Video

I am very interesting in hearing how you might use the technology and any ideas/concepts you might want to explore.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Long Term Monitoring

Does anyone have a protocol  for patients for  long term
EEG monitoring  on patients in Pentabarb coma.?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Long Term Monitoring Question - Critical Care Medicine Forum

LinkedIn Groups

I monitor fewer patients than I would like to. The reason is tech and device availability. Besides, the software do not provide any "processing" for use at the bedside (such as CSA, BSR, automatic seizure detection, etc) so I have to rely on my own eyes on the raw EEG or off-site monitoring folks to get back to me
Posted by Mehmet Ozcan

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

American Medical Association Salary Scale

The AMA has a site that shows salary information for the majority of allied health professions:  Keep track of allied health salary scales including Electroneurodiagnsotic Technology.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


The human brain is able to multitask successfully in part because of three layers of memory that store information on a need to know basis. Researchers at Rice University say predictability is key. It frees up resources in the brain so a person can effectively multitask. That's why when a task is done over and over again in the same way, it becomes automatized so other tasks can be accomplished at the same time.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Life and Death Business....

How to Cure the Retention Problems Ailing Your Health Care ...
Health care is a life and death business, even on the best days and in the finest facilities — and the current health care worker shortage is making an ...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Medical assistants must not refer to themselves as "nurses".

Medical assistants must not refer to themselves as "nurses"

By Donald A. Balasa, JD, MBA Executive Director, Legal Counsel

It is unethical, illegal, and a disservice to the medical assisting profession for medical assistants to refer to themselves as “nurses,” “office nurses,” “doctors’ nurses,” or any other generic term that even remotely implies that medical assistants are nurses.

The Model Nurse Practice Act published by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) includes the following language:
Article VII.  Title and Abbreviations
Section 1.
b.  It shall be unlawful for any person to use the title “nurse,” “registered nurse,” “licensed practical/vocational nurse,” “advanced practice registered nurse,” their authorized abbreviations, or any other title that would lead a person to believe the individual is a licensed nurse unless permitted by this Act.
Note that this NCSBN document not only forbids the use of certain terms and abbreviations, but also prohibits “any other title that would lead a person to believe the individual is a licensed nurse.”  In other words, if a title or abbreviation or any other type of designation would cause a reasonable person to conclude that a certain health professional is a “nurse” of some sort, there could be a violation of the law.
The following excerpts from state Nurse Practice Acts provide examples of how states are addressing this issue:
Texas—Chapter 301, Section 301.251
(d) Unless the person holds a license under this chapter, a person may not use, in connection with the person’s name:
(1) the title “nurse”; or
(2) any other designation tending to imply that the person is licensed to provide nursing care.
New York—Article 138, Nursing, Section 6903
…No person shall use the title “nurse” or any other title or abbreviation that would represent to the public that the person is authorized to practice nursing unless the person is licensed or otherwise authorized under this article.
Indiana—Article 23, Nurses, Section 25-23-1-27, Violations; penalty
A person who:
(4) uses in connection with the person’s name any designation tending to imply that the person is a registered nurse or a licensed practical nurse unless licensed to practice under this chapter…;
commits a Class B misdemeanor.
Florida—Chapter 464, Nursing, Part I, Nurse Practice Act, Section 464.016, Violations and penalties
(2) Each of the following acts constitutes a misdemeanor of the first degree…
(a) Using the name or title “Nurse,”…or any other name or title which implies that a person was licensed or certified as same, unless such person is duly licensed or certified.
(b) Knowingly concealing information relating to violations of this part.
Illinois—225 ILCS 65, Nurse Practice Act, Article 50, General Provisions, Section 50-50, Prohibited acts
(a) No person shall:
…(6) Use any words, abbreviations, figures, letters, title, sign, card, or device tending to imply that she or he is a registered professional nurse, including the titles or initials, “Nurse,”…or similar titles or initials with intention of indicating practice without a valid license as a registered professional nurse;
(b) Any person, including a firm, association or corporation who violates any provision of this Section shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
As this author has frequently written and spoken about during the last 20 years, it is imperative that medical assistants scrupulously avoid conveying the message that they are nursing personnel, or members of any profession other than medical assisting.  Recall the following admonition in “Your Office Staff Can Get You Sued”:
A medical assistant should never be referred to as a “nurse,” “office nurse,” or “doctor’s nurse.” In every state this is a violation of the Nurse Practice Act, and can result in fines and penalties. All office personnel should avoid referring to medical assistants as “nurses.” If a patient addresses a medical assistant as a nurse, the patient should be corrected politely and pleasantly.1
As the medical assisting profession and, especially, the CMA (AAMA) become more prominent in the 21st century health workforce because of the Patient-Centered Medical Home movement, and in greater demand because of President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it is more important than ever that medical assistants proudly and unambiguously identify themselves as members of one of the fastest growing and most important professions in the United States of America.

  1. Balasa DA. Your office staff can get you sued: protect your practice by employing CMAs (AAMA). CMA Today. 2010; 43(3): 6–7. Published July 1, 2006. Reprinted May 1, 2010.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Maryland Polysom Licensure Revision Bill, HB 560

A Step Back For Sleep Medicine Patients !
House Bill 560 - Vote March 8, 2010

This bill would delete the current education requirements for polysom licensure which mandated the applicant be a CAAHEP accredited graduate and replace this statutory requirement with provisions that will permit the AASM's A Step 2 week training course (with an additional 18 on line modules taken while providing clinical services defined within the scope of practice) to become an approved "education" pathway to licensure in Maryland

When an individual is provided an option of either enrolling, paying tuition and taking a year or more accredited education program OR taking the option of paying for a 2 week course and then being employed with pay in an entity providing sleep disorder services (while completing while employed the 18 on line courses), I believe most will opt for the 2 week A Step course. Both individuals will meet the education requirements for polysom licensure.

It is my believe the revision will be passed and A Step will inserted as a legitimate "education" pathway. It is clear that the Polysomnography Profession is taking a step back and that patient care will suffer within the State Of Maryland. Patient care does not seem to be the prime motivator for employers of sleep technicians within the State of Maryland.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Low Student Achievement

The 4-Stage Response to Low Student Achievement

When the results come in from the first test in my introductory survey course, I am not surprised by the large number of D's and F's. I've come rather to expect that many, if not most, of the students will fail.

The subject matter is not rocket science, and the homework load for each session of the course is modest: 15 pages of textbook reading, or 40 to 50 pages in supplementary nonfiction books written for a general audience. I average students' final grades from four objective tests and three subjective papers.

My homework expectations are near those found to produce the best results by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa in Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, a stinging indictment of low expectations in higher education. I require a little less than the 20 pages of writing that Arum and Roksa deem optimal for an intro course, but I assign a little more than the 40 pages of reading a week that they recommend.

That amount of work, it turns out, is way more than many of my students have bargained for. Why that is the case can be variously explained, but the fact itself cannot be denied. It's something college instructors have to deal with. Here's what I've noticed about how we do that.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Join The Instiute of Health Science Blog !

Welcome to the Institute of Health Science Blog!

Welcome to the IOHS Blog!

We'll be posting helpful information regarding our courses along with articles related to Neurodiagnostics and Polysomnography. In addition, we will be posting information on Positions available within Electroneurodiagnositcs and Intraoperative Monitoring.

Videos from various authors and departments throughout the US will be featured from Utube and technologists.

We also invite you to post your own comments. Please stop back often!

Richard Trader

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Career In Neurodiagnsotic Technology

Career in Neurodiagnostics Technology

If you are a science and technology oriented individual who likes to work with people and who is looking for a challenging career in a health care field, neurodiagnostic technology may be the allied health field for you.
Neurodiagnostics analyzes and monitors nervous system function to promote the effective treatment of neurological diseases and conditions.

Who is Monitoring Your Brain - click below to review a video on the END Profession !

Neurophysiology Department