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My Change of Scenery

Published September 20, 2011 4:19 PM by Toni Patt

Every so often it's good to do something different. It helps to put things into perspective. I had that opportunity last weekend when I worked at a SNF. I wasn't able to work at my hospital so I needed to work somewhere else. It's been a long time since I've been in a SNF. I think it was good for me. Not only was I reminded of what else is out there, but I was also able to brush off some different skills.

Within a short time, I realized how lucky I am to work where I do. I like things fast-paced. A SNF is anything but that. I have ready access to equipment such as BP cuffs and pulse oximeters. Our hospital beds have all the bells and whistles. We never run out of linens. I speak directly to my physicians on a daily basis.

On the other hand, there wasn't as much stress on getting things accomplished. I could take my time with patients. I wasn't under pressure to get them walking for a quick discharge home. I didn't have to decide between SNF and inpatient rehab for a disposition. I had more than enough wheelchairs and walkers available. I wasn't completing with a half-dozen other disciplines for the same patients. Those that were oriented knew they were there for therapy.

I wouldn't mind working there again but I prefer my large, acute hospital.

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