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  • Julia Child PT

    I don't do recipes. Not in the kitchen and not in practice. I have a general idea of how to make a proper shrimp scampi or meatloaf, but I know that sometimes a little more of this or a touch less of that can make for a better meal. Such is the case with rehab; some people require a little more attention on one thing whereas someone else needs ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 3, 2012
  • The Magic of Small Talk

    As a new PTA, I often observe other therapists' styles when they are treating patients. Working in a large skilled nursing facility for almost a year, I've seen many different approaches therapists will use when communicating with patients. Due to the fact that a major aspect of our job falls under scheduling, rallying and discussing the merits of ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 23, 2012
  • A Two-Tiered System

    Last week I posted about a conversation I had with my GP. He disclosed to me that he has private insurance to supplement the NHS. I had private insurance when I first moved here but have since dropped the policy. I wonder if I should renew? It was very clear that the GP received superior treatment when his insurance paid for it. So there exists ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on March 20, 2012
  • When Injury Strikes

    At some point last week, I decided I should reduce the amount of caffeine I consume. So I prepared to ''wean'' myself off of my three- (okay, four-) cups-of-coffee-a-day habit by making a single half decaf/half caffeinated cup of coffee on a Monday morning. Unfortunately, this noble effort left me with a nasty burn over the anterior of my hand and ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 9, 2012
  • Worst-Case Scenario

    The fragility of the patient population in the skilled nursing setting where I work has never been lost on me. Some of the best advice I was given early on was to never forget that the patient I'm working with on any given day, could essentially die at any moment. Therefore, closely monitoring vitals, erring on the side of caution and thoroughly ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 2, 2012
  • Who's in Control Here?

    Much has been discussed regarding motivating patients to participate in therapy. I've wrote more than one blog on this topic alone. However, I'm finding there are always more complex patients who I have to ''convince'' of the benefits of therapy each day. Working in a skilled nursing facility, my patient's therapy needs range from the ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 24, 2012
  • Interviewing

    For the past six months, I have been interviewing for a new job. It took me a while to decide if I was actually thinking about leaving my current job. I don't have one major reason to leave my new job. I like my coworkers a lot. The hours are fairly flexible. The hospital is huge and there are many opportunities to work with different diagnoses. ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on February 23, 2012
  • Brain or Brawn

    Last week, I found myself following in the footsteps of a therapist who truly believed in hands-on therapy. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't replicate his treatments. His patients were walking with only therapist-assist. I could barely get them to stand. Finally a tech let me in on his secret. The man was a weightlifter. He was substituting ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 21, 2012
  • A Difference of Opinion

    As I'm discovering, a good therapy team can be the catalyst for a patient's recovery. In a successful group dynamic, therapists will feel comfortable asking different colleagues for advice regarding a patient's plan of care and when appropriate, offer suggestions if something falls under their specialty. Unfortunately, we are all human, and at ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 10, 2012
  • Holidays in the SNF

    Having just completed my first holiday season in skilled nursing I am left... feeling exhausted and with a few observations. Firstly, as a ''new'' working mother negotiating a Christmas for little ones and a full-time PTA schedule, I was beyond busy. Secondly, working with patients who would not be spending the holidays with loved ones, I was ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on December 30, 2011
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