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Raising the Bar in Rehab

Perks of Being a New Hire

Published September 17, 2009 8:30 AM by
Last week I wrote a depressing blog about how awful the world is when you are a new hire, or a new grad.  This week, I'd like to focus on all the reasons why it's so great to be a new hire.

1. I have lots of fresh ideas. Having recently graduated, I had many assignments that involved researching new treatment techniques and was able to investigate effective interventions. While experienced therapists know what works, many also don't have the luxury of unlimited time to read up on these new trends. Also, having worked at 4 different facilities with my clinicals at school, I was able to see different approaches to health care and PT from an administrative/organizational level. I have been exposed to many different facilities and can propose ideas to make the PM&R department more efficient.

2. No enemies at work. Being a new hire is a fresh slate. An open canvas, as they say. I am building bridges and making new connections.

3. I have energy. I'm not burned out. Being a new grad, I am so excited to spend my time with patients all day instead of face-down in my notes, studying. I love working, and I love getting paid.

4. I am eager to learn and develop myself as a professional. This goes along with point #3. I have a drive to push myself. I want to learn how to treat in ICU settings, to learn different diagnoses. I am not stuck in a rut with my career.

5. I have fun at work. It has taken me a lot of hard work to achieve this career goal, and now is when the fun begins. I have a fresh attitude and truly enjoy my time at work. Many of my coworkers have been at this job for years upon years. They have seen different managers, different policies, gone through short-staffing periods and have recently suffered through pay freezes of the recession. Many of my coworkers are simply going through the motions.

Hopefully I can continue these ideas throughout my career.  I'll try to remember my mindset now, and carry it with me through the years as a PT.


Lisa, congratulations to you! It is the new blood, the fresh spirit of people like yourself that continue to inspire the geezers like myself. You are on the brink of a whole new world, your learning has only just begun. I'm so glad that you are enthused and ready to go.


Dean Metz September 19, 2009 3:56 PM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

As a new Grad and New employee. Please remember the word accoutability.

Make sure you do the best you can for each of your patients.

Make sure you document everything you do.

Make sure you get credit for what you do and code/bill for all of your time.

Good luck

R Porter September 18, 2009 11:57 AM

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