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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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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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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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Consumed by a Case Report
by Karen Schiff
When it rains, it pours. That's the only thing I can think of as I write endlessly into the night about pelvic fractures, aquatic therapy, and my case report. Sentences are not scarce, and the time to condense the content of this paper is coming this Read More...
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Taking a Look Back for Rejuvenation
by Karen Schiff
Organizing a case report is proving to be more challenging than ever. Although my patient case is, in my estimation, a complicated issue, I thought for sure that I'd have more than enough to research and background information to present than I'd know Read More...
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Burning the Candle at Both Ends
by Karen Schiff
As the dust begins to settle from separating one department into two, this extended break from school allows me to get a grasp on what being a manager really entails in an outpatient rehabilitation facility. From balancing payroll to juggling hours in Read More...
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In Preparation for the DPT
by Karen Schiff
Amazing what can happen in one week. In a major healthcare system of a large metropolitan area surrounded by water, we've successfully accomplished separating pediatric from adult rehabilitation in preparation for our growth as the Rehabilitation Institute 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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Two Options
by Karen Schiff
Numerous case reports and journal articles later, I'm contemplating two separate case reports for my final project in the quest for my DPT. The position I'm in now is trying to decide between two trauma patients and their complicated surgical procedures, Read More...
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Sweet Procrastination
by Karen Schiff
As the acuity of my vision improves in this new role of manager, I realize my attention has been drawn only toward work and home. Successfully completing a final exam in school has left me relieved, but perhaps a little too relaxed in regard to working 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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Last Day
by Karen Schiff
My final day at Memorial Hospital West (MHW) outpatient rehabilitation has arrived. After 20 years of practice, the day has arrived when I'll walk out the doors as a senior physical therapist. This is where I practiced, learned, experienced, and enjoyed Read More...
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