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  • One of My Favorite Patients Died Last Week

    Bob (not his real name) was one of our facility frequent fliers. His diabetes was out of control. His circulation was terrible. He had a BKA on one leg and the other leg needed one. He refused to wear his oxygen so was always SOB. Nonetheless he was always in a good mood. He joked around with us. He made therapy fun. The first time I met him, Bob ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 13, 2015
  • Our New Cell Phone Policy at Work

    Last Friday our facility cell phone policy was clarified. There is to be no cell phone use at work except while on break or at lunch. Anyone caught using a cell phone will receive a written warning. Cell phones should not be seen on the nursing units unless you're using the phone for work. I don't know about other facilities. Where I work there ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on February 3, 2015
  • What to Do When They Bring It on Themselves

    People who work in healthcare are familiar with the term ''frequent flyer.'' It refers to patients admitted over and over to the same facility in a short period of time. We have our share where I work. Most of them have chronic medical problems that are difficult to manage. I've watched these individuals deteriorate over multiple visits. But ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 29, 2015
  • State Advocacy from a Student Perspective

    I have written posts on advocacy in the past that have centered primarily on the concept of advocacy and what it can bring in the way of personal and professional growth. This weekend, however, I had the chance to attend the Florida Physical Therapy Association (FPTA) Student Conclave, and it has me fired up about the practical implications of ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on January 28, 2015
  • Cutting-Edge Collaboration

    PHILADELPHIA -- When the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Annual Convention came to this country's birthplace last week, ADVANCE made sure to be on the scene. Held in conjunction with the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) draft, the conference is billed as ''The World's Largest Annual Gathering of Soccer Coaches,'' drawing more ...
  • 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
  • Frustrations with PT School: Trust the Process?

    It has been 8 months since I started PT school and, on most days, I've been able to keep a positive, enthusiastic outlook. These past two weeks, however, have been filled with frustrations. While I'm a big believer in the move to a doctorate of physical therapy, it often seems like the curriculum has just been filled with busy work and repetitive ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on January 20, 2015
  • The Criteria for Our Priority List

    Last weekend I was at a horse show, which means I was off on Friday. One of the things I do is manage our list for who gets out of bed over the weekend. We start the list on Monday, adding names as the week progresses. We have a tech who works the weekend, getting patients out of bed. Sometimes he gets to everyone and sometimes he doesn't. This ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on January 14, 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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