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Life of a PTA

The ‘No Productivity’ Scenario
by Allison Young
I've recently blogged about the potential closing of the long-term care/skilled nursing facility where I work . Although there has been no formal announcement from the administration, census continues to slow and hours have been cut from all departments Read More...
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The 18-Year-Old PTA
by Allison Young
During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from Read More...
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Job Risk
by Allison Young
Over the past 4 months, I've been acclimating to a new PTA job -- as I've described at length in some of my previous blogs . The work itself is similar to my previous PTA position in a skilled nursing setting but the environment is completely different. Read More...
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Guarded Conversations
by Allison Young
Recently, in the middle of a treatment session, I had a patient worriedly ask me if the skilled nursing facility where we were working was "going out of business." Considering how random the question was, but more importantly how concerned the patient Read More...
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The Productivity Push
by Allison Young
Once upon a time, not but a short few months ago, I worked in a large corporate-run skilled nursing facility where the productivity of the rehab staff was considered top priority. Even above the recovery of the patients, you may ask? Almost -- with productivity Read More...
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What Am I Worth?
by Allison Young
There has been much discussion recently about how much people earn. Whether comparison of PT/PTA salaries by region, such as on the ADVANCE website , or in politics regarding raising the minimum wage (don't worry, I'm not going to tackle that slippery Read More...
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State Board Anxiety -- Revisited
by Allison Young
I recently received quite a few heartfelt responses to a blog I wrote last year on the subject of the dreaded PTA "state board licensure exam." I feel your pain, people. I vividly remember the pre/post anxiety and panic of preparing and actually taking Read More...
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