The Perfect Therapist
Finding the right PT or PTA for the right position can be difficult for any employer. There's a culture in the workplace and employers want to ensure their therapists are successful and fit into the group. Below are examples of some therapists I've come across in the field.
Therapist #1 will not question a RUG level no matter how absurd and will get the minutes assigned by any means necessary. He will come in early, stay late and often clocks out at the end of the day to complete notes so he doesn't generate overtime for the facility. He may work 40-plus hours a week, if asked, and be on call for the weekends. He will have excellent productivity and a good work record, he is passive and will agree to almost anything for the good of the department.
Therapist #2 will often question the RUG levels and appropriateness of seeing patients for 75 minutes. She will come in on time and stay clocked in for every minute she's at work even if she goes into overtime. Outside of work is her priority and the job is secondary to everything else. She won't volunteer but will assist when asked to see more patients. She has fluctuating productivity and her work record is good.
Therapist #3 will not be able to achieve the minutes assigned to him, which means other therapists have to see more patients to get the minutes. He will clock into work early to walk around holding a coffee mug and talk to everyone in the facility before settling down to get his list of patients. Suddenly he remembers he has an appointment and has to leave early on certain days, usually pay day. This therapist will complain that he's not getting enough hours during the week but doesn't want to work overtime when asked and refuses to work any weekends. Work record is good because everyone likes him in the facility but his productivity is below the facility's standard.
Most likely the therapists we work with will be a mixture of the three but we've all met the others, especially the last one.