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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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