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When OTs Wore White Shoes

Choosing a Health Care Career
July 7, 2015 3:10 PM by Debra Karplus
At a dinner party the other night, one young man, Mike, a newly graduated anesthesiologist, was "holding court," answering "doctor questions" from some of the other guests. One guest, a man with a son in college and a daughter finishing high school, asked Read More...
Online Occupational Therapy?
June 30, 2015 9:38 AM by Debra Karplus
I don't watch much television, but last night, while dozing, I caught the tail end of a commercial advertising a telehealth service that consumers can subscribe to. I was curious and did a bit of research about this. From what I could figure out, a consumer Read More...
Working PRN Over the Holidays: It’s a good thing!
November 10, 2014 9:57 AM by Debra Karplus
How quickly the holiday season comes each year. No matter how well-organized we feel, there's always so much to do, whether you stay in town or not, and whether your family is large or small. But our jobs as occupational therapy practitioners are year Read More...
Have You Thought About Malpractice and OT?
October 20, 2014 9:30 AM by Debra Karplus
In the mid-1980s, I started doing nursing home occupational therapy consulting. Jobs came to me via word-of-mouth and I ultimately built up a comfortable number of clients to provide service to. Some of my clients were in town; others were in neighboring Read More...
Becoming a Travelling Occupational Therapist
September 29, 2014 8:00 AM by Debra Karplus
It seems that a week does not go by without receiving a phone call from a recruiting company offering me a full time position "in my area". Many of these jobs are with companies that also employ travelling therapists. Some of the opportunities that have Read More...
Medical Marijuana and Occupational Therapy
September 2, 2014 9:15 AM by Debra Karplus
At a dinner party last week, my friend Nancy shared details of her recent vacation to Colorado vacation, a state where marijuana, both medical and recreational, is now legal. Nancy has had a long history of chronic pain. She bought some weed legally at Read More...
The Doctor is In: Getting a Doctorate Degree as an Occupational Therapist
July 28, 2014 11:52 AM by Debra Karplus
Dr. Debra Karplus! Gosh, that has a nice ring to it. Do I plan to pursue a doctorate degree? Being in my sixties, I certainly do not. I earned my Bachelor's Degree at the "normal time", directly after high school; I found the program to be extremely challenging. Read More...
My Issue with Recruiters
June 30, 2014 8:54 AM by Debra Karplus
I enjoyed reading the recent ADVANCE blog about recruiters. I really don't even remember recruiters for therapy positions until about the late 1980s. I did an online search to see if I could find out about the evolution of recruiting companies in therapy, Read More...
Wanted: A Few Good Men in OT
June 23, 2014 10:58 AM by Debra Karplus
If you look through any of the old occupational therapy textbooks or photos you seldom (never) see any male OTs. When I was in occupational therapy school in the early 1970s, I remember that there was one male in our class of approximately twenty students, Read More...
Advertising Occupational Therapy
March 24, 2014 3:42 PM by Debra Karplus
I flipped on the television last night and there was a commercial for a local nursing and rehabilitation facility. The commercial specifically mentioned OT as well as the other therapies (physical therapy and speech therapy) and showed an attractive therapist Read More...
Why Occupational Therapy?
January 20, 2014 4:28 PM by Debra Karplus
It's hard for me to believe that I have been an occupational therapist for nearly forty years. A chance meeting at a summer job with a wise older woman (she was probably in her thirties) was my first exposure to the field. I was headed to college that Read More...