If you're really interested, go to www. BRPT. org for sleep and find an A-step program or get the books on your own. Right now, you do not need to be an RT to do sleep studies. Step 2: find a reputable place to get some hands on experience and then take the boards after 18 months of practical experience. Now for the bad news: if you do not get into the field within the next 2 years, then you will have to get an RT degree to even be considered for sleep. With your background as an RN, however, you should have no problem finding a company that will take you in. Also, a good place to get more info is bianarysleep.com
Actually, it's not for me, this is Mary's thread, looking for information about the sleep profession, and if, in your opinion, that it requires a lot of problem solving, then it strikes me that a few examples of that would be helpful to her in making an informed decision about entering the profession.
"no other medical practice that has such an immediate affect on the lives of our patients.", you really believe that? Come on how about the ER docs bringing back the dead? The surgeons who literally have hearts in their hands. I think those would be life changing events and more dramatic than sleep medicine. Don't get me wrong it's very, very gratifying and exciting in the morning when you have a pt, that drug themselves into the lab, springs out of bed and says "best nights sleep I've had EVER!!!".