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Scheduling Conflict
by Michael Kelley
I've got a bone to pick with you outpatient therapists! When I first started working at the hospital, our inpatient office was right next door to the front office of our outpatient department. It was pretty easy to listen to some of the phone calls come Read More...
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Student and Patient Communication
by Michael Kelley
So I had a student start a couple weeks ago. You may recall I wanted to have a "student summit" this summer , but unfortunately it got bogged down in some administrative red tape. Needless to say it's been tentatively scheduled for this fall after my Read More...
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New Beginnings
by Michael Kelley
For many in this country, the beginning of July is marked by celebrations of America's independence. Parades, BBQs, fireworks... it's all part of the annual celebration of this land we call home. But for those of us in the healthcare field, the beginning Read More...
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Are You Competent?
by Michael Kelley
Every year, our department completes a series of competencies designed to ensure our compliance with and understanding of basic hospital policies and procedures as well as more departmental-specific things. It is apparently a Joint Commission requirement Read More...
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Parkinson's Problems
by Michael Kelley
According to the National Parkinson's Foundation, nearly 1 million people in the US are currently living with Parkinson's Disease, with an estimated 50,000-60,00 new diagnoses each year. Here in the US, the CDC has identified it as the 14 th -leading Read More...
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Professionalism vs. Personality
by Michael Kelley
So a while back, I was working with a patient who just had a total knee replacement. She was mobilizing well, but kept looking down at her feet while she walked. So I stood next to her and looked down at the ground where she was looking and said, "I have Read More...
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The Joint Commission is Coming!
by Michael Kelley
Well, it's that time again. Our hospital system is up for reaccreditation from the Joint Commission. This will be the fourth accreditation I have gone through now (we've had two for when we became a certified stroke center and one general accreditation Read More...
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Turnover and Guilt
by Michael Kelley
When I first interviewed for my current position, my supervisor told me up front that the average turnover rate for new therapists was six years. At the time, as a new grad, I was kind of surprised this potential employer was so up front about this type Read More...
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Can You Describe Your Dizziness?
by Michael Kelley
We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded "dizziness." It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety Read More...
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The PT Student Summit
by Michael Kelley
Over the past few months we've had a couple PT students come and go. Most of them were somewhere in the middle of their clinical education and had no idea what they wanted to do with their PT degree upon graduation. As I watched the various CIs and students Read More...
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Do You Have the Right Stuff?
by Michael Kelley
I've written before about the obesity epidemic in this country and the potential impact PTs can have in perhaps helping turn the tide in this seemingly endless battle. But when dealing with obesity, prevention isn't everything. As PTs, we are tasked every Read More...
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Hum-PT-y Dum-PT-y Sat on a Wall
by Michael Kelley
Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #4 -- "What Is the Biggest Challenge to the PT Profession?") When Read More...
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Who's In the Driver's Seat?
by Michael Kelley
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #2 -- "What Drives the PT Profession?") The PT profession has no Read More...
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The APTA -- Why Bother?
by Michael Kelley
(Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Michael Kelley and Lisa Mueller will post "Dueling Blogs," in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #1 -- "Is APTA Membership Valuable?") I was an APTA member for one Read More...
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How Sick Is Too Sick?
by Michael Kelley
When I was a student, I did a clinical rotation at a children's hospital. Now anyone who has worked with kids before or even has kids of their own are well aware of the fact that kids can be, well, germy. Very, very germy. Needless to say, six weeks into Read More...
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