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  • Job Risk

    Over the past 4 months, I've been acclimating to a new PTA job -- as I've described at length in some of my previous blogs. The work itself is similar to my previous PTA position in a skilled nursing setting but the environment is completely different. Initially, the slower-paced, smaller rehab department of a long-term care center was a huge ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 1, 2014
  • To My Younger Self

    I had the chance to see a lot of my family this weekend at a wedding, which included hearing several of my younger cousins talk about touring and applying for college. At one point, my uncle asked me if I would have chosen a different school in hindsight. I turn 30 next month and am now realizing that I have the years and experience required to ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on July 31, 2014
  • How Can This Be a Safe Discharge?

    This morning I was working on discharge planning with one of our case managers. A doctor was ready to discharge a patient and she had asked me for recommendations. I immediately said SNF. He wasn't able to safely transfer out of bed. I had yet to see him walk due to complaints of back pain. And he lacks insight into his limitations. The case ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (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
  • Role Reversal

    So this week, my dad had to have a GI surgery (I'll spare you the gory details) and he is currently in the hospital where he will stay for a few nights while he recovers. Due to his insurance, he had the surgery at one of my hospital system's biggest competitors, so while visiting him, I must admit I'm doing a bit of spying to see how things run ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on July 24, 2014
  • Physical Therapy Prime Requisite

    Name: Theraman Walkis Race: Human Alignment: Lawful Neutral Class: Therapist Assistant HP: 96 Level: 18 Strength: 15 Intelligence: 14 Wisdom: 13 Dexterity: 16 Constitution: 13 Charisma: 17   Magic Items Mordenkainen's Gait Belt of Walking, +2 Fall Prevention Bigby's Gloves Against Communicable Disease ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 23, 2014
  • Strategic Meeting

    As part of my leadership program, I attended the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) strategic planning meeting last weekend. The idea was to get newer and upcoming leaders to meet and mingle with people in leadership positions. We also got insight into how decisions are made and what is on tap for us in the future. I loved it. I chose to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on July 22, 2014
  • ‘Can You Back That Up?'

    I was asked that question last week by a board member of the NHS Trust in which I work. Rather a few members are making the rounds of different services to see how things are working (or not) and to assess if they are getting monetary value for those services. We were well prepared. We had the results of a yearlong audit showing excellent clinical ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on July 22, 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
  • Continuing Education Courses

    A few years ago, I had the opportunity to teach a continuing education course on early mobility with three other physical therapists. We met for several weeks, reviewing the content along with the training and presentation materials. It took a lot of thought and effort to review every detail of the course to make sure it flowed well and the ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on July 17, 2014
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