Finally! A Group I Can Work With!
Last week I ranted about some physiotherapists (and other rehab professionals) who were essentially obstructionists. Those are people who just seem to want to be the "No" guy. Right after I submitted that piece I had a meeting with a group of therapists that I had little if any contact with to date. They are wonderful! They are from all different areas including community rehab, intermediate care in skilled nursing facilities and at home, the rapid response teams, and the falls clinic.
We sat and brainstormed about how to be better "joined up" meaning how do we help patients get from one service level to the next smoothly? How do we keep each other informed about projects we are working on? How do we support each other through difficulties of staff shortages, inappropriate referrals and education of other professions about our services? In short, a professional network was established.
For the past few months, I had felt very isolated in a sea of nurses (lovely and well-skilled, but still nurses) and some very unreceptive therapists. It is such a breath of fresh air to finally connect with a group of like-minded professionals.
Why did the first group of therapists isolate me from this second group? I assume the nurses simply didn't know about them, and that needs to change! I'm feeling positive about the possibilities here again!