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Life of a PTA

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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Rusty Anatomy
by Allison Young
Last week my 10-year-old daughter pointed to her leg and asked "What's this bone called, Mom?" Specifically, she was pointing to a bony prominence on the lateral aspect of her lower leg and wondering why her friend had a "bigger bump" than herself. I Read More...
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On the Job Training
by Allison Young
I have found there are a few skill sets PTAs might find useful in their careers that are not covered in the PTA program curriculum. The techniques relate mostly to skilled nursing PT, as that's been my setting since I graduated, but can certainly translate 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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Diversify My Options
by Allison Young
I'm coming up on my 3-year anniversary with the skilled nursing facility where I currently work. I remember vividly the phone call from my rehab director informing me that I was hired on as a PTA. It was an incredible high -- having just graduated from Read More...
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Avoiding Burnout
by Allison Young
My experience working in a skilled nursing facility has many advantages including autonomy as a therapist, a bustling team atmosphere and working with my favorite group: the tough-as-nails geriatric population. However, being a full-time PTA in a SNF Read More...
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Keep It Simple
by Allison Young
Over the past few years, I've noticed my therapeutic style has changed subtly in some ways and drastically in other aspects. Due to self-preservation and the ever-present productivity demands, I've developed into a much more efficient therapist. From 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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Lead PT Wanted
by Allison Young
As a new PTA grad a few years ago, I was lucky enough to be mentored by two very talented physical therapists. Both PTs, who happened to be married to each other, took this petrified/inexperienced PTA and taught me the essentials of SNF rehab and more. Read More...
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The Age Factor
by Allison Young
When I started my journey into the physical therapy field, I found myself surrounded by eager SPTA students, like myself, beginning a new career. Nearly half the people in my graduating class from PTA school were over the age of 40. Many had children Read More...
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Now Where Was I?
by Allison Young
Hello there, ADVANCE readers. My name is Allison Young and I've been a PTA for more than two years now in a skilled nursing facility setting. I took a year or two respite from the "blogosphere" to concentrate on my career and family with varying degrees 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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What Matters Most
by Allison Young
I was reminded recently of how to recognize a truly good therapist. The observation came up when a PT was describing the individual therapists on our rehab team to a PT student. Generally, the obvious was mentioned, such as experience and specific knowledge Read More...
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The Happiest Place on Earth
by Allison Young
More than four years ago, I sat my then 8- and 4-year-olds down to explain that their "Mommy" would be very busy most nights and weekends for quite a while. I explained that I would have to spend most of my "free time" studying and reading and reading... Read More...
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Sitting on My Hands
by Allison Young
As I recently blogged , I've been clinical instructor to a first-rotation PTA student. I share the duty with my colleague, who happened to graduate with me from the same PTA program our student is now attending. To say she is in sympathetic company is Read More...
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