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September 2011 - Posts

Life of a PTA

Where There’s Smoke
by Allison Young
I'm always astounded at how many staff members at the SNF where I work smoke cigarettes. Everyone from housekeeping to the lead RNs can be found huddled under the aluminum-covered "smoking area." Call me crazy, but after taking care of patients dependent Read More...
A Familiar Face
by Allison Young
We received a new therapist on our SNF therapy team this week. The PTA in question is as wide-eyed, eager and hard-working as any new graduate just entering the profession would be. This therapist is also one of my fellow classmates from the PTA program. Read More...
The Group of Four
by Allison Young
I'm sure there are many aspects to being a successful PTA that I'll learn with experience. Mastering time management, documentation and hip-replacement protocols? I'm improving (think: less of a deer-in-the-headlights expression on my face) and utilizing Read More...
The Working Mom
by Allison Young
Transitioning from a stay-at-home mom to a full-time working mother has been a gradual yet bumpy ride. It was only a short three years ago that I began taking night classes to complete the prerequisite courses necessary to apply to the PTA program. Prior Read More...
Caught in the Act
by Allison Young
A few days ago, I was in my bathroom getting ready for work. As I was blow-drying my hair, the usual multitude of anxious thoughts bounced around my brain. How will I progress the patient with the TKA? Will I be able to see all my patients before 6 p.m. Read More...


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