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Transition to Rehab Management

Thinking Ahead

Published June 7, 2012 12:46 PM by Karen Schiff

This past week has been quite exciting at my home. My oldest graduated from high school on Monday, and my youngest finishes freshman year of high school today. Proudly, I see my young ladies growing and progressing through their teenage years with the usual bumps along the way. However, this week has shown me that they are contemplating their future, as I did at their age, considering what lies ahead for them.

Nursing is being considered by my graduate; however, I know her strengths are in a completely different area. Dentistry continues to be on the agenda for the youngest. The strength of this mother, who plays the role of both parents, is found in the dreams of her children. As any parent will agree, listening to them is key, and providing guidance and support during these years is extremely important in forming a solid foundation for their future.

Support and guidance for the future is what is needed for the next year on this quest for a DPT. The final project will involve a case report that adds to our profession, stimulates thought and research, and provides options for patient care in the future. I am considering a case report that revolves around a women's health issue, or perhaps pelvic pain. These are my strengths, and can potentially add to the body of knowledge of physical therapy.

My mentor at work has mentioned that functional outcome measurement tools are necessary to objectively demonstrate a patient's improvement or worsening of the condition. Her education and experience with a case report will guide me through the process of finding an appropriate patient. After all, she is providing me with the necessary tools to form a solid foundation for my future in physical therapy.

Today is the final day I will be stopping at our sister hospital's outpatient clinic, since they have closed their doors for good. My department absorbed one of the therapists from this clinic, somebody who possesses manual lymphatic drainage skills, as well as years of experience, compassion and professionalism. She brings with her these qualities and more, and may consider pursuing her higher education as well.

Support and guidance offer her space to be comfortable with her surroundings, and consider her future as an integral part of our staff. This mirrors what is going on at home, in that keeping our families together, supporting each other and providing guidance will nurture a future of success. Making goals and following up with plans will produce results, as we contemplate what our future holds in the profession.

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