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Transition to Rehab Management

Workplace Changes Continue
by Karen Schiff
As I approach the one-year mark of becoming the manager of a large outpatient rehabilitation facility, I realize the changes that have taken place in such a short period of time. Not only was I put into this position to assist a department that needed Read More...
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Learning Experience
by Karen Schiff
A large department brings together varied personalities and cultures, which can create a work environment that may be less than desirable for some employees to deal with. This has not been the case as yet; however, many distinct variables exist that have Read More...
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Back to Class
by Karen Schiff
There's nothing like attending a Saturday continuing education class after a busy week of changing an entire electronic documentation system (which took about a year to create) as well as pulling outpatient appointments out of nowhere because of some Read More...
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Epic Changes
by Karen Schiff
Being one of several outpatient rehabilitation departments in a large, community-driven healthcare system, we've come to realize there are areas where we can improve the workflow and performance processes that will assist us in running as efficiently Read More...
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Time is Running Out
by Karen Schiff
Just when I thought I had it all figured out, my entire background and discussion need to be re-written. Don't get me wrong: I realize that my mentor's comments are entirely true and acceptable. Thankfully, he offers suggestions to assist me with the Read More...
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Graduation Day
by Karen Schiff
A big year is in the making. I've successfully completed training to become a Guardian Ad Litem. The next step is to wait for a case to be assigned to me. Quite often, friends and family question me about how I'll manage the guardianship of a minor or Read More...
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Confusion Revisited
by Karen Schiff
The first week at a different rehabilitation center has proven to catch me off guard, by giving me much to think about while I attempt to absorb the complexity of the entire situation. As the first manager of a busy rehabilitation center, I'm attempting Read More...
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Lessons Unexpected
by Karen Schiff
Completing the fall semester early led me to believe that my first week would be relaxed and quiet. Unfortunately, this was not the case. As the senior physical therapist in a busy outpatient department, I'm expected to mentor, counsel and discipline Read More...
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Staying Profitable and Productive
by Karen Schiff
One thing is true in the field of rehabilitation: Change is constant. This has never been more true than at the present time. Within the past year, there have been staffing shortages followed by staffing surplus; needed equipment, but not enough room; Read More...
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PT Advocacy
by Karen Schiff
As a therapist and candidate for a doctorate in physical therapy, I have several opportunities to speak up and make a statement for the patients we treat on a daily basis. Over the past year and a half, I've learned it is in our scope of practice to make Read More...
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Direct Access
by Karen Schiff
This third and final class of the semester, "Direct Access," has taken more time than I expected, as I realize there are more than 20 articles I need to read and take quizzes on, as well as listen to the lectures that coincide. This is proving to be one Read More...
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Back to Study Mode
by Karen Schiff
Three courses, three months. Final year of an investment in this tremendous amount of knowledge. Although the courses sound familiar to me, just flipping through the PowerPoint presentations solidifies the fact that there is still so much to learn. As Read More...
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Full Circle
by Karen Schiff
Our daily routines often get so busy that we overlook the needs of those around us, besides our patients and their families. At any given time, we as physical therapists may be able to extend a gracious hand to assist others, while reaping the benefit Read More...
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