PT Student Fail
Tomorrow is the final day of my first full-time clinical placement, and I thankfully have met most of the goals that my CI and I had set at the onset of the rotation. I've become more independent with assessments, reevaluations, plans of care etc. I'm really happy with the progress I've made up to this point and feel like I'm starting to grasp the concept of being a clinician. That was until this afternoon.
The final goal we wanted to focus on was independently completing a vestibular assessment. Bear in mind that we haven't yet covered the vestibular portion of our curriculum. My CI knew this and wasn't expecting me to fully understand everything, but we both thought it would be a realistic goal to complete an initial assessment before I left. Well, today was the day. We looked at the schedule and our last patient of the day was a vestibular evaluation. The unfortunate part was that he was also deaf, had poor vision and relied heavily on lip reading to communicate. Keep in mind that I'm in England and people have a hard enough time understanding "the American" when they don't have an auditory impairment.
I decided to go ahead with it and try my best. I only had two days left to meet the goal and this might be my only chance. And I was excited to try it in my own! I regret to report that this may have been the ultimate defeat of my student clinical experience. No sooner did I open my mouth before the patient told me that my tone of voice was really difficult to understand. My attempts to change this were actually comical and didn't help at all. He also couldn't read my lips -- turns out they move differently than everyone's here (not surprising). If I say I lasted 30 seconds, that's generous. Goal not achieved.
Luckily my CI and I had a good laugh about it afterward. Just when you think you're doing well...