Looking Back at 2020

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Author: Connie Kubiak, ASET President

As we finally draw an end to 2020, let’s look back on what ASET has achieved this past year, thanks to all of the wonderful work done by you, our members, volunteers, and supporters. While COVID-19 has changed the way we’ve done business and how we as technologists work, this past year has also brought many new things and people who make ASET even better for all of us, who are in this together, doing great things for our patients and our profession.

2020 has brought ASET a new executive director. The Executive Director Search Task Force did an excellent job. My personal thanks to Kevin Helm for taking the position and making ASET better. This year was well done, looking forward to many more with you at the “Helm.”

2020 has brought ASET a terrific Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. Without this awesome group of professionals, past and present, who donate their time to make ASET the Leader in Technologist Education and Advocacy, ASET would be lost. I am humbled to be in their presence. The work they do, without recognition or wage, is true servanthood. Thank you for all you do seems. I look forward to completing my term with these dedicated professionals.

2020 has brought other new faces to our staff, Darla and Aman, who have developed their areas with great gusto. Well done to both of them, along with all of the other ASET Staff, Kevin, Jennifer, Brian, Olivia, Anna, Linda, and Maureen. Their ability to transition their workflows to a home environment and maintain an office was beyond all expectations! This transition also brought about many streamlined processes, both time and cost-efficient.

2020 has brought ASET more friends, both abroad and in our own home front. Technologists need and want the community, mentorship, and education that ASET provides. Welcome, and thank you from all of us at ASET! Our loyal members have assisted ASET in many decisions, this year and past, to make ASET a strong member-driven organization. Without all of you, your input, guidance, and support, ASET would not exist.

2020 brought ASET its first Virtual Meeting and Conference. The enthusiasm and outpouring of positive input have been overwhelming. Many thanks to the staff, presenters, and our incredibly supportive vendors, as well as contracted personnel, who made this event successful beyond our wildest expectations! Congratulations to all of our award winners and outgoing Board Members. Here’s to 2021 and a face-to-face/virtual meeting. Hope to see you in San Diego!

2020 has brought ASET tremendous educational opportunities and a united effort for college credit for credentials with several colleges. Many technologists are pursuing a college degree via these efforts. A great opportunity as we grow a more educated and professionally developed career path! Watch for more affordable and free educational offerings in 2021.

2020 has brought a collaborative working relationship between ASET and many other organizations, the likes of which have never been seen before. AES, ACNS, NAEC, AAN, CNA, ASNM, AANEM, ABRET, the CoA-NDT, and others have worked tirelessly on several topics, none more important than supporting Technologists as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic. Many other areas have been worked collaboratively with NAEC, ACNS, and ABRET, and I hope many more to come.

2020 has brought ASET Committees working on topics at many levels. Governance, Standards and Practices, and Volunteer and Leadership Committees, to name just a few, have tirelessly been monitoring, updating, and developing new processes and protocols of recommendation. These Committee volunteers do so much work behind the scenes. Thanks to all of the Committee members who volunteer their time to keep the wheels of ASET moving!

2020 has brought us a greater, positive social media presence and technologist interactions. Let’s think of the best way for us to celebrate what we do during Neurodiagnostic Week 2021!

As 2020 closes, ASET also is gearing up for elections. Please consider a nomination to keep ASET strong and a positive force in the realm of Neurodiagnostic Technology.

2021 brings the ASET Board of Trustees a review and development of strategic goals for the next 3 years. It brings new Board members, new Officers, and the taking of office of the President, Adam Kornegay. I, for one, hearing the news today as I write this, am hoping for some sense of a return to “normal’, whatever that might be. We are social beings, and COVID-19 has interfered with this for many. I want to travel, hug, get together, and go to dinner and for drinks. I want to meet and greet all of you in San Diego, in person, and share thoughts and ideas. Make new friends. Stay positive, stay safe, stay kind!

My hope for all of you is a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season. Stay vigilant and diligent in your day. Be safe!

In closing, I leave you with this: “You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back, and you’ve climbed a mountain” (Tom Huddleston). Lean forward, take that first step. 2020 has been our mountain. We’re almost at the summit, I can feel it! I’ll meet you there!

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