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  • 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
  • Why Are You a Therapist?

    A few days ago, I was preparing a patient for a slide-board transfer from the edge of her bed to the wheelchair. As she was a max-assist with two therapists for this transfer up until this point, we were attempting to progress to a one-person assist and increase her self-initiation. As I reached around her torso and gripped firmly onto the gait ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 10, 2014
  • PT Practice: Outpatient is Better

    (Editor's Note: Throughout the month of February, ADVANCE bloggers Lisa Mueller and Michael Kelley will post ''Dueling Blogs,'' in which they argue opposing sides of the same issue. Topic #3 -- ''Does the Inpatient or Outpatient Setting Allow Greater PT Practice?'') Since I graduated from physical therapy school almost five years ago, I've ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on February 20, 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
  • Dosage Matters

    There were two common themes at CSM this year: dosage and intensity. Every clinical presentation I attended mentioned one or the other. Intensity was defined as how hard the patient is working. Dosage referred to the number or reps or duration in the case of a static activity. In both cases, more is considered better. Last weekend I worked at a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 11, 2014
  • Just Keep Moving

    Recently, a coworker of mine introduced me to a quote by Albert Einstein and how appropriately it relates to our patients in the SNF setting: Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. For that matter, this quote can be applied to most patients in any PT gym, whether outpatient clinic or post-op ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on January 17, 2014
  • Now Where Was I?

    Hello there, ADVANCE readers. My name is Allison Young and I've been a PTA for more than two years now in a skilled nursing facility setting. I took a year or two respite from the ''blogosphere'' to concentrate on my career and family with varying degrees of success, which I'll expand on later. To recap quickly, I began my original blog with ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on December 16, 2013
  • PT Students Working Holidays

    It's the age-old question for PT students on rotation around the holidays -- will I be expected to work? There's inevitably that awkward point when the issue finally surfaces and you find yourself trying to test the waters mid-conversation. Someone brings up Thanksgiving, which spins into the winter holidays, and all of a sudden you're in a panic ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on December 3, 2013
  • Back to Basics

    In case you haven't followed the past few blogs, I started a new clinical on Monday after having spent six months in an inpatient rehab setting. I'm now interning at an outpatient center where the patient population spans the entire gamut -- orthopedics, neurological, cardiopulmonary, post-op, chronic pain, worker's comp etc. With all of the ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on November 11, 2013
  • Wheelchair Races After Dinner in the Parking Lot

    At the SNF where I work part-time, the parking lot behind the building is built on an incline with a bend about three-fourths of the way down. There is a curb along the entire length of the descent. Last weekend, a resident told me it's possible to descend the length of the parking lot in a wheelchair without using the brakes or crashing. He was ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on November 6, 2013
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