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  • The PT Job Search Continues

    This week I thought I'd follow up on my friend's job search. She graduated the same year I did and lost her job last month. I'm tracking her progress because the plight of experienced therapists seeking work is completely overshadowed by how new grads are doing. As of last Friday, she had three interviews. Within three days, one told her no. It ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 16, 2015
  • The Skilled Nursing Facility Conundrum

    Last week I was involved in a discussion regarding membership in the APTA. For once the topic wasn't new graduates but therapists who were members but no longer are. The question was, what would it take to bring them back in? What do they value? I responded by describing how a SNF functions. Fix that chaos and they'll return. SNFs are unique. ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on September 2, 2015
  • Why Nothing Will Change at the APTA

    In my last blog, I described my concerns that nothing will change with the APTA, expensive consultant group or not. I expect them to continue with the same message but repackage with new words. I see subtlety in their future. The reason I don't expect change is simple. The same people will still be in charge. No one is stepping down from a ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 19, 2015
  • My First Rotation: The Skilled Nursing Facility

    My program is unique in that we do our first full-time, 4-week rotation at the tail end of our first year. My first, along with the rest of my classmates, was in the SNF setting. ''SNF'' stands for skilled nursing facility, or nursing home. I greatly enjoyed my experience in my SNF, which was a 196-bed facility that had approximately 50% long-term ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on July 10, 2015
  • PT Day on Capitol Hill

    The morning of June 4 started very early for more than 1,000 dedicated attendees at the American Physical Therapy Association's NEXT 2015 Conference & Exposition in National Harbor, Md. These hardy souls awoke before the sun, donned their professional best and headed downstairs by 6 a.m. for a quick breakfast before boarding shuttle buses ...
  • Treating a Difficult Patient

    ''I'm paying to be here and be taken care of. You will do what I tell you.'' It's bad enough we struggle for respect from physicians and occasionally other disciplines. I would say the majority of the population doesn't know what we do or the amount of education required to be a therapist. Usually if we work hard and prove ourselves, the respect ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 20, 2015
  • What About the Rest of Us?

    Last week, I went to a meeting of the Texas Physical Therapy Association Southeast District. Mike Conners, the TPTA president, was speaking. His topic was the future of physical therapy and increasing awareness of legislative action in the Texas congress. He touched on all the usual topics: direct access, reimbursement for outpatient services, ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on March 6, 2015
  • An Instructor's Perspective on a CEU Course

    While I was teaching last week, it dawned on me that I have a unique perspective on continuing education courses. I've been on both sides of the projector. When I teach, I'm not listening. I'm trying to remember to say everything I want to on a topic. I have set examples I use every time but no two courses are the same. If I get distracted, I ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 22, 2015
  • Semester Three of Nine

    This past Monday was the start of my third semester of physical therapy school. My classes include Clinical Practicum 1, Cardiopulmonary PT, Intro to Research Methods and Data Analysis, Gerontology, Neuroanatomy, Healthcare Educator and Clinical Skills 2. Seems like a lot, right? Well so far it doesn't seem so bad! The schedule is not nearly as ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on January 13, 2015
  • Things You Hear at Work

    Many years ago there was a television show called ''Kids Say the Darndest Things.'' I think the same could be true of our patients and families. Over the last few weeks I've heard many things that make me want to shake my head. I was trying to help a man stand in the parallel bars. He was rather large and non-weight bearing on one leg. After ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 6, 2015
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