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  • April is Occupational Therapy Month – Celebrate!

    I never set out to be part of the occupational therapy world. I started out in travel but as much as I loved traveling and helping others with their travel needs there was just something missing. The local community college offered a ''Healthcare Career Awareness'' night and since I knew I wanted to do something in the healthcare field I ...
    Posted to A Pediatric Perspective (Weblog) on April 11, 2014
  • Can You Describe Your Dizziness?

    We've all seen it before... a patient comes into your hospital or clinic complaining of the dreaded ''dizziness.'' It's been said that dizziness is one of the most difficult subjective symptoms to diagnose because it can be caused by such a wide variety of physiologic and even psychological issues. I personally have seen patients with a primary ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 10, 2014
  • Leave of Absence

    I have heard nursing staff, therapists and even social services tell patients they are not allowed to leave the facility or they'll lose their benefits for Medicare. Simply not true, and, in fact, Medicare makes it clear facilities should not tell patients that leaving the facility will lead to loss of coverage. Patients can leave the facility ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 9, 2014
  • A Culture of 'Don't!'

    I was doing some research on a particular activity this week... head rolls. Not the soft round things one puts under one's neck to maintain the curve while supine, but the act of rolling the head around as an exercise or activity. I did this because I read an article in the popular press that said, ''even physiotherapists say you shouldn't do head ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 9, 2014
  • Request for Submissions

    It's that time of year again. The company that I teach for is requesting submissions for an education summit next year. I'm supposed to select a topic, describe what it is and why I think people would be interested. Then I submit that and five references no more than a year or two old. They try to present newer information. The problem is I can't ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 8, 2014
  • Building Capacity

    ''I am honored and to stand before you as the 29th president of the AOTA.'' So said Virginia ''Ginny'' Stoffel, PhD, OT, BCMH, FAOTA to a crowd at the 2014 AOTA Annual Conference and Expo on Friday, April 3rd.  Her presidential address was called, ''Attitude, Authenticity and Action: Building Capacity.'' ''There is no question about the ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 8, 2014
  • My First Job

    I'm happy to report that my interview went well enough to yield the ultimate goal -- a job offer! I got two calls on Tuesday (April Fool's Day), one at work and one on my cell phone, however managed to miss both. Not my best performance, but maybe I would have thought it was a joke if I actually did answer. My future boss called back on Wednesday, ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on April 7, 2014
  • Everyday Hope

    Baltimore, April 4, 2014-You may have seen a commercial featuring a bunch of guys playing wheelchair basketball.  At the end of their game--which featured all the good-natured trash-talking typical of the scene--all but one of the guys gets out the wheelchairs. As this is a commercial for Guinness, the next scene shows the group at their ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Outlook: OT (Weblog) on April 7, 2014
  • Maintaining My Privacy

    As we all know, maintaining our patients' personal and health information private is mandated by HIPAA laws and frankly, common sense. I would be less likely to disclose a patient's name to an unknown visitor than hand my credit card to a stranger on the street. Often though, I find myself abbreviating my own ''history'' to inquiring patients. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 4, 2014
  • Turnover

    Have you read ADVANCE blogger Allison's post this week about her first resignation from a physical therapy job? It sparked a lot of comments (mostly about the PTA role), but it also got me thinking about her comment on ''greener pastures.'' We all often consider the pros and cons of various employment opportunities, like any other profession ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on April 3, 2014
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