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Transition to Rehab Management

Let the Festivities Begin
by Karen Schiff
A new task is being tackled this week as the year comes to an end. I've heard the term over and over again through the years, something called "The Budget." I'm not familiar with this term, although I believe my superiors think I am. This term, quite Read More...
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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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Performance Appraisals
by Karen Schiff
One of the toughest parts of management is coming into a facility where there hasn't been management previously, and evaluating the performance of staff for the previous year. On one hand, there hadn't been supportive leadership until they brought aboard Read More...
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Comrades in Management
by Karen Schiff
A Friday lunch with managers from rehabilitation has come to surface on a day when it was much needed. As an up-and-coming rehabilitation institute, a "world-class model" of care is needed, along with changes in the way care is delivered and portrayed Read More...
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Trials of Management
by Karen Schiff
One of the hardest adjustments I've had to make in this transition to management is counseling employees. From clinical to clerical staff, it's never an easy thing to have "that" talk about inappropriate behavior or actions that led to our interaction Read More...
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Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back
by Karen Schiff
In a day and age when physical therapists are able to justify (or not) the necessity of skilled services, I've had less and less experience with turning away patients who don't meet the requirements for our intervention. As we move toward a more autonomous Read More...
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Clinical Ladder
by Karen Schiff
Creating an environment that is conducive to staff development has always been at the heart of many healthcare systems. What about self-development? From personal experience, I've learned that many systems don't always support clinical staff education. 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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Protecting Our Assets
by Karen Schiff
After three weeks of moving toward a paperless documentation system, the quirks are being worked out. Trying to decide if things are working properly in this new environment has challenged our IT team as well as the leadership team. Listening to employees 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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Moving Forward
by Karen Schiff
The transition to becoming a doctor of physical therapy has come to an end. The celebration continues as I learn how a busy outpatient department runs in the midst of major clinical changes, including the transition to computerized documentation and renovation Read More...
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DPT Completed
by Karen Schiff
Career goal completed. I officially received my doctorate of physical therapy on August 16, 2013, from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va. The week was filled with an amazing vacation with my two daughters, followed by a reunion with one of several Read More...
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Pre-Grad Vacation
by Karen Schiff
A few days before graduation in a bustling, hectic city brings excitement and quality time with two great traveling companions. You would think that completing a transitional doctorate of physical therapy program would bring me insight on how to navigate Read More...
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Looking Ahead
by Karen Schiff
The "Big Day" is arriving. Not a moment too soon. As my daughters and I pack our bags to take our family trip and attend my graduation, we reminisce about our last vacations together, and quickly agree that this will be the best vacation we have ever Read More...
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