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  • The Importance of Mentorship

    Although having only been a PTA for three years, I've found myself in conversations with many potential future SPTA candidates. Quite a few have been with bright and hardworking CNAs who I work with in skilled nursing and others have been with folks my age or older (that would be the 40+ set if you were wondering) looking into PTA as a second or ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 18, 2014
  • How Many Hats Do You Wear?

    One of my student clinical rotations was at a smaller physical therapy outpatient clinic with just three staff members who managed all aspects of the operations. They all worked seamlessly together and the patients had a lot of fun during their appointments, partially because their therapists were very knowledgeable about every aspect of the ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on April 17, 2014
  • Why I Became a PT

    I was asked this question on Sunday by someone who doesn't know me very well. I had to stop and think a minute before replying. The answer is I don't remember. I remember applying to PT school. I remember PT school. I remember deciding I liked acute care the best. Yet I don't remember why I made a decision that has shaped my life for many ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 15, 2014
  • Changing Goals

    With one week left until graduation, I had my most challenging patient-care conversation since starting PT school. One of my current patients, whom I happened to work with in inpatient rehabilitation during my previous clinical rotation, is a very complex case. He suffered an anoxic brain injury that unfortunately was complicated by a transfemoral ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • What Equipment Do You Need?

    When I was in my outpatient neuro clinical rotation I learned a lot from my instructor about PNF skills as well as standing, kneeling and seated balance training. It was a lot of hands-on work and we didn't use a lot of equipment other than parallel bars and balance pads, and a mat table. The clinic set-up was simple yet effective; patients had ...
    Posted to PT and the City (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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • My Worlds are Colliding

    Anyone who knows me is aware that I have two lives. One is my professional life. The other is my horses. Thanks to planning and a little luck, I've always been able to avoid scheduling conflicts. Sure there's been the occasional afternoon scramble to leave work in time to make a lesson. And obviously one of the reasons I work as much as I do is to ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 1, 2014
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