Jennifer Legler started her neurodiagnostic education company to help other technologists achieve their goals and offer the best in patient care.

The more technologists who see neurodiagnostics as a career, she believes, the more the whole industry moves forward.

The goal, Legler said, is “for us to be seen as professionals. For people to say, ‘They know what they’re talking about because when I ask them a question, they actually have the right answer.’”

Legler is a neurodiagnostic technologist certified in intraoperative neuromonitoring (CNIM). She opened Trusted Neurodiagnostics Academy in 2016, offering online education, board certification preparation, and onsite training.

“People can come here and they can get the foundation they need to do the job,” she said.

A Rocky Start

Legler’s motivation to help other technologists earn credentials stems from an experience she had in 2006 as an uncredentialled clinician.

During a surgery in which she was monitoring a patient, the patient’s muscles were no longer responding to motor-evoked potential stimulation as they should have. The surgeon in the case asked her why, and she could not answer.

“I could not tell him because I didn’t know,” Legler said. “I felt like an idiot.”

Legler described the incident as both embarrassing and frightening.

“I knew how to do the job, but I didn’t know why,” she said. “I didn’t want to be put in that position again.”

She promptly left her job in pursuit of better training. She found it at an IONM staffing company called Impulse Monitoring, where she was taught not just how to monitor, but why certain techniques were done and used.

Legler went on to earn credentials in EEG, evoked potentials, and CNIM before starting her own training company.

Credentials Matter

On-the-job training is simply not enough in this profession anymore, according to Legler. It’s not good enough for the techs or the patients they are monitoring.

Neurodiagnostic technologists should think about their own family members. Most would seek out a technologist who has made a career of their work and understands the foundations of the field.

“I want somebody who can troubleshoot, who knows why things happen or why things aren’t happening,” she said. “The people who only know how to plug and play, that’s a job, but this is a career.”

Special thanks to Jennifer Legler, B.S., CNIM, R. EEG/EP T. Owner, CEO Trusted Neurodiagnostics Academy. You can learn more about her on LinkedIn.