I've been a PT for almost a year now, and I just realized - I've been a PT for almost a year! I feel a little itchy. It's a hard adjustment. In the school life, nothing lasts for more than 16 weeks. Once a class or semester is over, you move on to the next one and completely change gears into a different topic. Clinicals were in 4-, 10- and 12-week increments. Things changed so frequently; classes, lecture topics and even time flew by. Personally, I also moved several times during college, so even my address never lasted for more than a year.
Working in a place where many things are consistent - coworkers, patients, diagnoses, schedules - the method of maintaining your attention is different. Finding ways to keep yourself challenged and interested takes a lot of self-motivation and an internal drive. I've joined a committee at work and have also been working on some extra projects to keep myself challenged and current.
As I think about these things and recognize the commitment it takes to develop your career, I have a different outlook on the therapists who have been at their jobs for 10, 20 and even 30 years. It takes a lot of dedication and patience to accomplish something like that. To go through the ups and downs of short-staffed seasons, times of low patient volume, different management styles or even the fluctuations in your own personal life requires a very professional therapist.
Consequentially, our focus, attention and commitment to our job affect our patients the most. Because we know - the patient's best benefit is from a therapist who has many years of experience treating diagnoses just like theirs. Patients want to be treated by someone who is not affected by all the external factors of a job, but by someone who is completely committed to the patient despite all those external factors.
What do you think? Have you ever wanted to change for the sole reason of change itself? Have you ever had a job that included a lot of change itself?