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  • Who Will Want to Be a PT?

    I've been reading the feedback on last week's blog. Everyone recognizes the problem. It costs more to go to PT school than the salary will support. I suspect many people saw this coming. I did. I'm kind of amazed the people who crafted this grand scheme didn't consider a serious consequence. If I wanted to go to PT school today, I couldn't afford ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 25, 2015
  • When a Physical Therapist Position Doesn't Pay Enough

    We recently hired a new graduate as a prn therapist. We offered him a full-time position. He turned it down because it didn't pay enough. He gave the same response to three other facilities when they offered him positions. None of them paid enough. He now works as a prn therapist at two or three facilities. All three of the facilities offered ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 17, 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 ...
  • My Patients Are Sicker Than Ever

    We're all well aware of the fattening of our patients. Years ago facilities rented bariatric equipment. Now they own it. Obesity compounds other medical problems as well as interfering with mobilization, and the trend continues. I've noticed another trend that doesn't seem to be getting attention. Our patients are sicker than they've ever ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 10, 2015
  • ‘It's a Calling to Be a PT'

    NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The APTA Annual Conference & Exposition, which was rebranded last year as ''NEXT,'' just celebrated its 2015 incarnation in this inviting little town on the Potomac River outside Washington, D.C. The conference drew thousands of excited physical therapy professionals and advocates from all over the country, kicking off ...
  • The Patient Is Always Right No Matter What

    My facility has instituted a new policy: Keep the patient happy no matter what. Staff has been instructed to think of patients and their families as clients. Happy clients tell friends about their experiences. We want those friends to choose our facility if they ever need long-term care. That way we can maintain our financial goals. Nothing is ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 5, 2015
  • Coming Up NEXT -- The 2015 APTA Annual Conference

    As many ADVANCE readers are likely aware, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) last year rebranded its traditional ''Annual Conference & Exposition'' as simply ''NEXT''. The APTA website stated at the time, ''It's a name change, but more than that it's a commitment to making APTA's June conference about looking into the future of ...
  • When a Patient Refuses a Bedside Commode

    ''I'm not sitting on that.'' This week I have a patient who refuses to use a bedside commode. He refuses to allow us to position the BSC over the toilet to increase the height. He refuses to do anything but use the toilet in his room. Many people feel the same way, although the BSC is considered an improvement over a bedpan. There is just one ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on May 27, 2015
  • The Role of OT with COPD: Treating the Whole Patient

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a nasty disease that occupational therapists often work with in their patients. People don't realize the many symptoms that come with this disease until it robs a loved one of any sort of reasonable quality of life, and ultimately leads to a long slow death. One only has to view the numerous ...
    Posted to When OTs Wore White Shoes (Weblog) on May 26, 2015
  • 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
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