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  • Healthcare Economics 101

    Would you invest in the company you work for? How about an ''Improshare'' where the savings between hours worked and production are shared between the company and the worker? Can you ''feel'' the viability of your company and are they open enough to allow workers to see their bottom line? It can be difficult when you read that a company you work ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 30, 2014
  • Rusty Anatomy

    Last week my 10-year-old daughter pointed to her leg and asked ''What's this bone called, Mom?'' Specifically, she was pointing to a bony prominence on the lateral aspect of her lower leg and wondering why her friend had a ''bigger bump'' than herself. I quickly responded ''Well, that's your...'' and in that moment I realized two facts: I could ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 25, 2014
  • On the Job Training

    I have found there are a few skill sets PTAs might find useful in their careers that are not covered in the PTA program curriculum. The techniques relate mostly to skilled nursing PT, as that's been my setting since I graduated, but can certainly translate to home health or inpatient/acute physical therapy. The first and most often demonstrated ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 18, 2014
  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • Turnover

    Have you read ADVANCE blogger Allison's post this week about her first resignation from a physical therapy job? It sparked a lot of comments (mostly about the PTA role), but it also got me thinking about her comment on ''greener pastures.'' We all often consider the pros and cons of various employment opportunities, like any other profession ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
  • Diversify My Options

    I'm coming up on my 3-year anniversary with the skilled nursing facility where I currently work. I remember vividly the phone call from my rehab director informing me that I was hired on as a PTA. It was an incredible high -- having just graduated from the PTA program not but two weeks before. Honestly, it felt like I'd won the lottery, having ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 14, 2014
  • Team-Based Care

    Over the past few months, I've heard more and more about the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of healthcare. I typically think about healthcare models in the silos my physical therapy clinical rotations were centered on: inpatient, outpatient, or a skilled nursing facility. The idea of healthcare facilities as a ''home'' elicits a ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on March 14, 2014
  • Is 'ASPT' the Answer?

    ‘ASPT' should be the new designation for PTAs who have an associate's degree in physical therapy. The PTAs who have successfully challenged the testing and don't have a degree as a PTA should not be allowed to use this. These new letters will denote we have an associate's degree in physical therapy and will practice and be licensed as a physical ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 19, 2014
  • Avoiding Burnout

    My experience working in a skilled nursing facility has many advantages including autonomy as a therapist, a bustling team atmosphere and working with my favorite group: the tough-as-nails geriatric population. However, being a full-time PTA in a SNF has its drawbacks as well. This could not be better illustrated than by the working day I just ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 14, 2014
  • Keep It Simple

    Over the past few years, I've noticed my therapeutic style has changed subtly in some ways and drastically in other aspects. Due to self-preservation and the ever-present productivity demands, I've developed into a much more efficient therapist. From completing three full treatments in the morning without concurrent patients to communicating ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 7, 2014
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