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Putting in the Hours

Published August 19, 2013 4:26 PM by Lauren Rosso

One of the most admirable qualities about my current clinical instructor is her unyielding dedication to her patients and their recovery. On any given day, she is the first to arrive and last to leave the unit... and she's been doing this for longer than I've been alive.

I find myself in awe of her commitment and patience. Here's a great example: On Friday morning, a new patient arrived to the unit from out of state. He has unfortunately fallen through the cracks of the referral system and now, 10 months after his injury, finally made it to inpatient rehab. This man has a C5 incomplete spinal cord injury, and in all of his time in therapy has never been fitted for a wheelchair. Realizing this, my clinical instructor stayed at work until 6 p.m. on Friday to figure out which medical equipment companies will travel to his area in order to start the process of ordering a wheelchair.

Everyone else on the unit (myself included) was hurrying to finish their documentation so we could get out of work and start the weekend. When I realized what was happening, I had one of those "self-evaluation" moments. I realized that I have an incredible opportunity to learn from an expert clinician, and the lessons aren't going to stop with hands-on skills. I stopped what I was doing and immediately started Google-ing medical supply companies in eastern Ohio. I stayed until 6:00 with her, and I learned more in that hour-and-a-half about wheelchairs, letters of medical necessity, discharge planning and professional skills than I have since I started my clinicals.

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1 comments

I am a first year student and I think it's awesome that you are getting the opportunity to work with this PT that really cares for her patients. We should all try and model our professional behaviors on those PTs that show qualities like these. I am close to starting my first clinical education and hope that my CI shows these qualities as well. It's great that you took the time to learn from this opportunity. I know that many times during my first clinical education, and further into the future, I will, like you, want to rush out of the building on Friday afternoon. Hopefully, I will remember your situation and calm myself down and stay a few extra minutes to take the time to gain a lot of knowledge and also show my CI that I am interested and willing to learn.

Kristian February 27, 2014 3:40 PM
NC

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