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The Skilled Nursing Facility Conundrum
by Toni Patt
Last week I was involved in a discussion regarding membership in the APTA. For once the topic wasn't new graduates but therapists who were members but no longer are. The question was, what would it take to bring them back in? What do they value? I responded Read More...
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Facilities Don't Want to Pay for PT Experience
by Toni Patt
Previously I've written about the financial burden on newly graduated DPTs . If undergraduate costs are included, a new graduate could be as much as $100,000 in debt. The debt is driving decisions about jobs, salaries and benefits. Until last week, I Read More...
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Why Nothing Will Change at the APTA
by Toni Patt
In my last blog , I described my concerns that nothing will change with the APTA, expensive consultant group or not. I expect them to continue with the same message but repackage with new words. I see subtlety in their future. The reason I don't expect Read More...
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Is the APTA Repackaging an Old Message?
by Toni Patt
I've spent more time thinking about the "new" APTA. This could be a golden opportunity for the APTA to reinvent itself and address the needs of its current non-members. By asking questions and actually listening to the answers, its membership might grow Read More...
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A Glimmer of Hope for the PT Profession
by Toni Patt
Last weekend I attended a Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) meeting. The purpose was to rethink our strategy for the next few years. It seems the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) has been researching why its message isn't being received. Read More...
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Texas Is Getting Another PT School
by Toni Patt
I recently learned Houston is getting another PT school. It's still in the planning stages. They are looking for individuals to develop and open the school. I'm not sure how long that takes but I would guess it will be a few years before the first class Read More...
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What Can We Do About the Problems Facing Physical Therapy?
by Toni Patt
For the past few weeks, I've been blogging about problems within the profession of physical therapy and our frustrations over them . Everyone agrees on the problems. There is probably some disagreement on which ones should be addressed first. After all, Read More...
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The Future of the Physical Therapy Profession?
by Toni Patt
As I read the responses to my latest blog on the ADVANCE website and Facebook page , I noticed a couple trends. First, why would the APTA push the DPT without consideration of the economic consequences for new graduates and the profession in general? Read More...
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Who Will Want to Be a PT?
by Toni Patt
I've been reading the feedback on last week's blog . Everyone recognizes the problem. It costs more to go to PT school than the salary will support. I suspect many people saw this coming. I did. I'm kind of amazed the people who crafted this grand scheme Read More...
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When a Physical Therapist Position Doesn't Pay Enough
by Toni Patt
We recently hired a new graduate as a prn therapist. We offered him a full-time position. He turned it down because it didn't pay enough. He gave the same response to three other facilities when they offered him positions. None of them paid enough. He Read More...
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My Patients Are Sicker Than Ever
by Toni Patt
We're all well aware of the fattening of our patients. Years ago facilities rented bariatric equipment. Now they own it. Obesity compounds other medical problems as well as interfering with mobilization, and the trend continues. I've noticed another trend Read More...
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The Patient Is Always Right No Matter What
by Toni Patt
My facility has instituted a new policy: Keep the patient happy no matter what. Staff has been instructed to think of patients and their families as clients. Happy clients tell friends about their experiences. We want those friends to choose our facility Read More...
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Treating a Difficult Patient
by Toni Patt
"I'm paying to be here and be taken care of. You will do what I tell you." It's bad enough we struggle for respect from physicians and occasionally other disciplines. I would say the majority of the population doesn't know what we do or the amount of Read More...
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APTA Membership: Cost vs. Benefit
by Toni Patt
I've been reading the responses to my various blogs over the past few weeks . The responses seem to be echoing what I've been saying. Hardly anyone has had anything to say in support of the APTA. Many explain why they don't belong. The general consensus Read More...
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Remaking PT in the Image of Nursing
by Toni Patt
We've had a changing of the guard where I work. A couple of months ago upper management reorganized. Last month the previous rehab manager was asked to step down. A new manager was appointed with the mandate to clean up the department. Changes have been Read More...
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