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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
  • Avoiding Burnout

    My experience working in a skilled nursing facility has many advantages including autonomy as a therapist, a bustling team atmosphere and working with my favorite group: the tough-as-nails geriatric population. However, being a full-time PTA in a SNF has its drawbacks as well. This could not be better illustrated than by the working day I just ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 14, 2014
  • Now Where Was I?

    Hello there, ADVANCE readers. My name is Allison Young and I've been a PTA for more than two years now in a skilled nursing facility setting. I took a year or two respite from the ''blogosphere'' to concentrate on my career and family with varying degrees of success, which I'll expand on later. To recap quickly, I began my original blog with ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on December 16, 2013
  • Sitting on My Hands

    As I recently blogged, I've been clinical instructor to a first-rotation PTA student. I share the duty with my colleague, who happened to graduate with me from the same PTA program our student is now attending. To say she is in sympathetic company is a humorous understatement. It was only a short two years ago that we were stressing over clinical ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on May 18, 2012
  • A Working Schedule

    As of the beginning of April, I reduced my work week from five to four days a week. Initially, I felt guilty that I couldn't ''hack'' a full-time schedule and then I realized I was being far too hard on myself. My usual work day starts around 8:30 in the morning and I'm not coming up for air until 12 or 12:30 for a quick bite to eat and then back ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 27, 2012
  • Team Player

    I vividly remember writing a blog nearly a year ago about the importance of being a member of the ''Skilled Nursing Team'' when it comes to patient care in a large facility. If I remember correctly, I was in awe of the seamless interdisciplinary networks, including nursing, aide staff, PT, OT and social services, who aid each other in the ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on April 20, 2012
  • The Magic of Small Talk

    As a new PTA, I often observe other therapists' styles when they are treating patients. Working in a large skilled nursing facility for almost a year, I've seen many different approaches therapists will use when communicating with patients. Due to the fact that a major aspect of our job falls under scheduling, rallying and discussing the merits of ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 23, 2012
  • When Injury Strikes

    At some point last week, I decided I should reduce the amount of caffeine I consume. So I prepared to ''wean'' myself off of my three- (okay, four-) cups-of-coffee-a-day habit by making a single half decaf/half caffeinated cup of coffee on a Monday morning. Unfortunately, this noble effort left me with a nasty burn over the anterior of my hand and ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 9, 2012
  • Worst-Case Scenario

    The fragility of the patient population in the skilled nursing setting where I work has never been lost on me. Some of the best advice I was given early on was to never forget that the patient I'm working with on any given day, could essentially die at any moment. Therefore, closely monitoring vitals, erring on the side of caution and thoroughly ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on March 2, 2012
  • Who's in Control Here?

    Much has been discussed regarding motivating patients to participate in therapy. I've wrote more than one blog on this topic alone. However, I'm finding there are always more complex patients who I have to ''convince'' of the benefits of therapy each day. Working in a skilled nursing facility, my patient's therapy needs range from the ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 24, 2012
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