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Life of a PTA

A No-Vacation Summer
by Allison Young
Summer is in full swing as we head into July. The kids are out of school, the sun is out (even in the drippy Pacific Northwest that I call home) and everyone has earmarked their week/s of vacation in the coming month or two. Working full-time in any job, Read More...
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The Importance of Mentorship
by Allison Young
Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my Read More...
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A Different Kind of Ortho
by Allison Young
One day last summer as I was driving my kids to a practice/rehearsal/errand of some kind, I felt that I had two small pebbles rolling around in my mouth. Due to the fact that I was not eating anything or even chewing gum, I came to the frightening yet Read More...
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The Accident-Prone PTA
by Allison Young
Life is full of surprises. In an instant, one can be placed in just the same predicament as the patient seen the following week in clinic. Last weekend, I found myself busily running errands for my 11-year-old's slumber party, when I found myself making Read More...
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The SNF Misconception
by Allison Young
Way back in one of the first few quarters of the PTA program, I and many of my fellow classmates would project about what field of physical therapy we could most see ourselves working in. Most of us were on the fence. The general sentiment was work for Read More...
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PTA: The Right Fit for You?
by Allison Young
Having very nearly completed my journey as a SPTA (I just took my licensing exam this week), I've thought hard about the advice I would give to a new PTA student or person thinking about the field of physical therapist assisting. Initially, I would suggest Read More...
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Caregiving: When It's One of Your Own
by Allison Young
Over the past week, I have played the role of concerned, pestering, confused and completely frustrated caregiver to my 10-year-old daughter. The saga began last Friday when she arrived home from school in tears over a sore throat and upset stomach. A Read More...
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The "Trouble" Patient
by Allison Young
During my student clinical rotation, I was fortunate enough to experience an inpatient, outpatient and everything in between. The patient population was vast as well. Depending on the clinical, I saw patient age ranges between 13 and 95. It struck me Read More...
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Self Evaluation
by Allison Young
As the last week of one of my last clinical affiliations comes to a close, I'm stunned at the amount of valuable information I've learned. I have to admit, I was nervous when I found out I would have to master large pieces of Pilates equipment for basic Read More...
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