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Raising the Bar in Rehab

Do Your Best

Published March 26, 2009 8:46 AM by Lisa Catenacci

So, I realized something today at work- I have a tendency to get anxious and worked up about my documentation.  Seriously, I stress out about it.  I had THREE, count ‘em, THREE evaluations today - that's a lot for me.   And, as I was in the middle of my second evaluation, I thought to myself, "You have so much documenting to do. You are never going to get it done.  You should start worrying about this immediately because it is a HUGE deal."  I was starting to get very uncomfortable knowing I had work to do but hadn't done it yet. 

I hate having things on my to-do list.  I can't imagine a time in my life when I will ever procrastinate.  It drives me nuts knowing I have something to take care of. 

Anyway, today was the first time I ever realized that there is nothing more I can do than my best.  I will finish my evaluations as thoroughly as possible, and I will be as efficient as I can with my documentation, but if I can't get it done, I will get it done later. 

Worry isn't an effective means of becoming a good therapist.  I need to focus on my patients and the rest will come together on it's own time. 


Been there. Done that. Thought that.  Even now, two years out, I get overwhelmed at times.  What do I do?  Prioritize and do the one that needs to be finished first.  If it takes me a day or two to get through them all, so what.  I know that my documentation will be more thorough and efficient if I take my time vs fly through them.  My other advise?  Take really good notes during your examination.  After the 3rd patient, you'll be surprised at how you'll forget which minute detail belongs to which patient. :-)

Bonnie, Physical Therapist March 26, 2009 7:47 PM

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