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  • A Difference of Opinion

    As I'm discovering, a good therapy team can be the catalyst for a patient's recovery. In a successful group dynamic, therapists will feel comfortable asking different colleagues for advice regarding a patient's plan of care and when appropriate, offer suggestions if something falls under their specialty. Unfortunately, we are all human, and at ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on February 10, 2012
  • Holidays in the SNF

    Having just completed my first holiday season in skilled nursing I am left... feeling exhausted and with a few observations. Firstly, as a ''new'' working mother negotiating a Christmas for little ones and a full-time PTA schedule, I was beyond busy. Secondly, working with patients who would not be spending the holidays with loved ones, I was ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on December 30, 2011
  • Top 10 Lessons of 2011

    Like many, I have a penchant for reflection during this time of year. Sure, I'm a week early for ''2011: A Year in Review,'' which we'll be bombarded with from every highlight reel to ''best of'' lists that are constructed the last week of each year. Recently, however, I've found myself looking back over the past year working as a PTA in a skilled ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on December 23, 2011
  • Observations of a PRN PT

    I recently had the opportunity to work with a PRN physical therapist who was subbing for our full-time PT. Initially I was excited that I would get the opportunity to learn under yet another well-seasoned therapist. However within the first hour, I realized this role would be reversed. Apparently, this particular physical therapist - who was ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on December 2, 2011
  • Seeking Obituaries: Morbid or Closure?

    Since taking my first inpatient PTA position six months ago, I've developed a somewhat morbid habit that is completely career related -- I assure you. Most weekends (and I'll admit many weekday evenings), I find myself perusing the local online obituary websites. I scan the lists of the ''newly posted'' in search of my patients' names. I began ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on October 21, 2011
  • Where There’s Smoke

    I'm always astounded at how many staff members at the SNF where I work smoke cigarettes. Everyone from housekeeping to the lead RNs can be found huddled under the aluminum-covered ''smoking area.'' Call me crazy, but after taking care of patients dependent on oxygen who can't even walk 50 feet before desating to 85 percent even with ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on September 30, 2011
  • Stimulation Overload

    I would not classify any aspect of my life as quiet and calm. My days begin with releasing squawking hens and turkeys from their coop and end with my kids refusing to go to bed and (on some nights) fighting the battle late into the night. The majority of my day is spent with patients; teaching, chatting, walking and coaxing one more exercise. Most ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 19, 2011
  • Use It or Lose It

    Working in a SNF, I've found I'm not reviewing my textbooks on grade III joint mobilizations on a weekly basis. This is the understatement of the year. The closest myofascial release I've done in my PTA experience thus far has been a gentle retrograde massage to a lower extremity with pitted edema. Regretting my inpatient career choice? No way (on ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 12, 2011
  • Do You Love Your Job?

    I was recently asked by a friend if I was enjoying my job. Was it all that I expected it to be, now that I'm finished school and applying my knowledge? I wish I could answer with a quick, convincing ''Yes, I love it - I was born to do this!'' The honest answer (and the one I give when asked) is that the work is hard, but is getting easier. Some ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 29, 2011
  • The Family Factor

    I recently worked with a patient who was not exactly motivated to participate in therapy, to put it mildly. This older gentleman had been willing to give 40 minutes out of his day, albeit unenthused, to a few lower-extremity conditioning exercises up until a few weeks ago. With little warning, he chose not to take part in any physical therapy ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 24, 2011