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February 27, 2015 6:18 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

I have a new thing to be upset about, mechanical lifts. Yes, they've been around awhile. Yes, we've all used them. It's pretty much a given that any transfer performed with one is not a functional transfer. Still, as therapists we managed to avoid their use and perform functional transfers.

No lifting rules require a device of some kind. More and more this is becoming some version of a standing lift. They ...


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February 20, 2015 4:39 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

On February 7, I sat for the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam with the NSCA and passed. As I touched on in a previous post, this exam is often sought after by physical therapists and physical therapy students who are looking to improve their knowledge in ...


 
February 18, 2015 10:46 AM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Lately I've been getting comments on my blog posts from people seeking advice about entering the PT profession, and asking how or why I became a physical therapist. The answers to both of those questions are complex. The medical environment today is significantly different from when I went to PT school 30 years ago.

I like to joke that I went to school "back in the day." I earned my bachelor's of science in physical ...


 
February 13, 2015 4:00 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Bob (not his real name) was one of our facility frequent fliers. His diabetes was out of control. His circulation was terrible. He had a BKA on one leg and the other leg needed one. He refused to wear his oxygen so was always SOB. Nonetheless he was always in a good mood. He joked around with us. He made therapy fun.

The first time I met him, Bob couldn't even sit edge of bed. He was dependent to transfer. ...


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February 3, 2015 5:22 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last Friday our facility cell phone policy was clarified. There is to be no cell phone use at work except while on break or at lunch. Anyone caught using a cell phone will receive a written warning. Cell phones should not be seen on the nursing units unless you're using the phone for work.

I don't know about other facilities. Where I work there is someone on a cell phone almost everywhere you look. Some of ...


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January 29, 2015 5:32 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

People who work in healthcare are familiar with the term "frequent flyer." It refers to patients admitted over and over to the same facility in a short period of time. We have our share where I work. Most of them have chronic medical problems that are difficult to manage. I've watched these individuals deteriorate over multiple visits.

But there is another group. These people are admitted, recover and go home ...


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January 28, 2015 5:49 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

I have written posts on advocacy in the past that have centered primarily on the concept of advocacy and what it can bring in the way of personal and professional growth. This weekend, however, I had the chance to attend the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) Student Conclave, and it has me fired up about the practical implications of advocacy on the state level!

During my undergraduate education, ...


 

PHILADELPHIA -- When the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Annual Convention came to this country's birthplace last week, ADVANCE made sure to be on the scene. Held in conjunction with the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) draft, the conference is billed as "The World's Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches," drawing more than 10,000 attendees for live field demonstrations and lecture ...


 
January 22, 2015 11:42 AM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

While I was teaching last week, it dawned on me that I have a unique perspective on continuing education courses. I've been on both sides of the projector. When I teach, I'm not listening. I'm trying to remember to say everything I want to on a topic. I have set examples I use every time but no two courses are the same. If I get distracted, I sometimes forget what I meant to say next.

I can see everyone in ...


 
January 20, 2015 3:40 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

It has been 8 months since I started PT school and, on most days, I've been able to keep a positive, enthusiastic outlook. These past two weeks, however, have been filled with frustrations. While I'm a big believer in the move to a doctorate of physical therapy, it often seems like the curriculum has just been filled with busy work and repetitive subjects.

One thing that has been covered ad nauseam so far ...


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January 14, 2015 3:36 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last weekend I was at a horse show, which means I was off on Friday. One of the things I do is manage our list for who gets out of bed over the weekend. We start the list on Monday, adding names as the week progresses. We have a tech who works the weekend, getting patients out of bed. Sometimes he gets to everyone and sometimes he doesn't.

This morning when I started this week's list, I noticed some patients ...


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January 13, 2015 5:36 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This past Monday was the start of my third semester of physical therapy school. My classes include Clinical Practicum 1, Cardiopulmonary PT, Intro to Research Methods and Data Analysis, Gerontology, Neuroanatomy, Healthcare Educator and Clinical Skills 2. Seems like a lot, right? Well so far it doesn't seem so bad! The schedule is not nearly as heavy on exams as last semester and we will be doing a lot of group work.

Another ...


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January 6, 2015 3:53 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Many years ago there was a television show called "Kids Say the Darndest Things." I think the same could be true of our patients and families. Over the last few weeks I've heard many things that make me want to shake my head.

I was trying to help a man stand in the parallel bars. He was rather large and non-weight bearing on one leg. After several attempts he informed me he could do it just fine at home. He ...


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January 5, 2015 4:25 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

A few weeks before the end of fall semester, one of our professors came and spoke to the class about the value of obtaining certifications during school. He cited reasons such as better job opportunities, better chances at residencies and just as a way to set yourself apart overall. Since we just completed exercise physiology, I've decided to pursue the certified strength and conditioning specialist exam from the ...


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The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Alexandria, Va., issued a press release on Tuesday supporting a groundbreaking action taken last week by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). The APTA statement reads, in part:

"On Dec. 11, 2014, the AARP, in a letter of support addressed to Rep. ...


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December 9, 2014 4:16 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

On Tuesday my class traveled to a local senior center to do a community screening. Our class of 51 was divided into groups of three students and we were assigned a patient. We weren't given any background aside from what we gathered from the patient. After completing a history, balance, strength, ROM and various other screens, we were left with a very complicated picture. Overall, the experience left me with a mixture ...


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November 25, 2014 3:19 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This week, I found out where my first clinical rotation will be. My program begins clinical at the end of our first year, in April, at a skilled nursing facility. Mine will be in Hialeah, Fla., part of the Miami area. While I'm excited for tons of delicious coffee, I'm super nervous about the language barrier. The majority of the patients will speak Spanish and Creole. I don't speak any second languages.

The ...


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November 19, 2014 4:59 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

It's about that time when applicants to physical therapy programs are getting calls and letters for interviews. They may be the scariest part about applying to PT school, but interviews are actually a lot of fun. I wound up at a school that doesn't interview but still learned a lot from the interview process about how to make the best of the experience:

? Dress the part. This is essential! I suggest closed-toe ...


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November 12, 2014 5:53 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

A few weeks ago, I expressed my frustration with our capital budget process. While I was gone, my coworkers submitted a request for, among others things, a stand lift transfer device. To say I was shocked was an understatement.

Since that time I've campaigned against the thing. It doesn't ...


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November 4, 2014 12:21 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

For the past few weeks, I've been receiving email reminders that early registration for the 2015 APTA Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) is underway. Separate emails inform me of how to reserve housing. Another batch tries to entice me with the various topics. Naturally I go immediately to the neurological section and see how many courses will address stroke.

Heading into CSM last February, I was very excited. ...


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November 3, 2014 6:05 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

While researching and applying to physical therapy schools last year, I couldn't help but notice all the buzz about NSC, or the National Student Conclave, an annual student-centered APTA conference. Twitter was full of exciting posts about NSC and I remember it was one of the first things I looked into attending once I was accepted to a program. This past weekend, I had the chance to go and I have to say it far surpassed ...


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October 29, 2014 5:48 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

While attending the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) annual conference last week, I got to chat with the chapter director for a few minutes. We were standing next to the election table and PAC table waiting for people to either vote, donate or both. Eventually fundraising came up. He told me something I really didn't know.

Only members of the APTA and therefore of the TPTA can donate to our PAC. ...


 
October 28, 2014 2:38 PM by Jocelyn Wallace of Striving to Be a DPT

This time last year, I was just starting to hear back from PT programs and had attended my first interview. Choosing what schools to apply to and, ultimately, where to attend, was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. Here are some of the things I considered to be most important:

Location/Commute: The first thing I considered was location. I only applied to programs that were in places ...


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October 22, 2014 12:56 PM by Toni Patt of Toni Talks about PT Today

Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become PTs. How cool is that?

The first class will begin next fall. It ...


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October 21, 2014 4:32 PM by Dean Metz of PT and the Greater Good

One of the things that struck a chord with me during the Physiotherapy UK conference last weekend was the number of lay people present and involved on committees. There is a culture of involving service users on all decisions regarding health and social care here in England. I like it. It helps keep professionals from over-medicalizing everything and reminds us of why we do what we do and for whom we work.

When ...


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ABOUT OUR BLOGS

The ADVANCE for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine editorial staff will discuss issues in the PT profession, current events in health care and offer their opinions and insights.

Toni will be talking about the PT world as she sees it with 20+ years of experience as well as a student new to the world of post-professional education. She welcomes comments and responses. Anything is fair game!

Lisa Mueller is a physical therapist in Milwaukee, WI. She currently works in an acute-care setting with experience in general medical and critical care patients. With her BA in Spanish, Lisa treats a variety of patients each day.

Join Dean Metz as he ventures out of direct patient care and attempts to have a more widespread impact through public health.

PTA, mommy, runner, all-around chicken wrangler, kindergarten/4th grade art docent and professional juggler (no not really, but it sure feels like it sometimes).

Follow Lauren as she navigates her way through the DPT program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Karen Schiff, PT, will be documenting her progression as she pursues her transitional DPT, while juggling her work and family.

Mike Kelley is a physical therapist in suburban Chicago. He currently works in acute care, treating patients with orthopedic, neurologic and cardiopulmonary diagnoses. Outside of PT, he is an avid endurance athlete and has a passion for politics.

Jocelyn is a student at Nova Southeastern University's DPT Program in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Join in her three-year journey to becoming a DPT.