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  • My Latest Continuing Education Course

    Last month I went to an onsite CEU course. Back in the day, I was a CEU junkie. I'd go not just for CEUs but if the topic sounded interesting. More recently I've had to cut back and limit myself to CSM. This year I got burned by the stroke course at CSM. Needless to say, I was a little nervous about this one. The topic was motor learning. It was ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 8, 2014
  • Effective Agents for Change

    Two weeks ago I attended, and presented a poster, at a seminar on change within the National Health Service (NHS). We were asked to present because we had excellent outcomes in our service and we got them by doing things differently than other services had done. It was an enlightening day. The primary speaker, Helen Bevan, gave a fantastic ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on July 8, 2014
  • Free Time in PT School

    The 4th of July left me with a four-day weekend and, with only one exam this upcoming week, I've had no idea what to do with myself. While not having to cram this past week was refreshing, I'm feeling worried because I didn't spend nearly as much time on school things as I should have. I could have used these days for staying ahead but I'm instead ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 7, 2014
  • New Beginnings

    For many in this country, the beginning of July is marked by celebrations of America's independence. Parades, BBQs, fireworks... it's all part of the annual celebration of this land we call home. But for those of us in the healthcare field, the beginning of July also signifies something else: new residents. That's right folks, around the ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on July 2, 2014
  • Productivity: Why Bother Speaking Out?

    I was asked in a private message, ''What are your goals in speaking out about the productivity issues facing therapists in nursing homes (and private practices) today?'' A good question! We can whine and complain all we want; very little will come of that activity. If we complain to excess, people will stop listening. So what do we do? Here is ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on July 1, 2014
  • First PT School Practical

    On Friday, I had my first practical exam as a student physical therapist. It was a palpation exam on the lower extremity including the hip, knee and foot/ankle. We were only required to identify landmarks, while verbalizing the process, palpating at the correct depth and being able to answer a supplemental question for each landmark. We drew cards ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 30, 2014
  • Consent for Professional Abuse

    If you're thinking this is a post about patient consent, it's not. Last week I wrote about the nearly unachievable productivity levels in skilled nursing facilities. I got a lot of responses from it. A former classmate wrote to tell me he was just separated from his employer due to saying ''no'' to unreasonable productivity levels. Professionals ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on June 24, 2014
  • Time Management in PT School

    I have been in physical therapy school for almost a month, have taken three exams so far and have three coming up this week. The lesson I'm learning most quickly is the need for time management. There is simply not enough time to cover every slide, do every reading and outline every lecture to the same extent as I could in undergrad. For example, ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 23, 2014
  • Changing Policies

    When I was in PT school, we didn't discuss organizational policies and procedures very often. Even as a student, my clinical instructor would show me how to do something but I don't recall ever seeing a printed policy or handbook on what to do. Actually, I do remember seeing one master binder that had a ton of documents in it, but it wasn't easy ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on June 20, 2014
  • Are You Competent?

    Every year, our department completes a series of competencies designed to ensure our compliance with and understanding of basic hospital policies and procedures as well as more departmental-specific things. It is apparently a Joint Commission requirement (those guys are such a drag!) that we complete three competencies every year. And so, our ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on June 19, 2014
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