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  • Life is unpredictable

    Today was my first official day as an OTR/L, I recieved my official results from NBCOT last weekend and my license this weekend so I can finally use the initials I have been working for over the past 2 and 1/2 years. I am so excited to finally be done but the real pressure of the job has come down on me today. I had two patients unexpectedly need ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on January 14, 2013
  • I Am A COTA

      This is a topic I've covered before, but I've always wanted to show the emblem I was given after passing my national exam. It was actually enclosed in the envelope with my passing test results. My certification exam was completed under AOTCB (American Occupational Therapy Certification Board) which used to be a part of AOTA (American ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on January 9, 2013
  • Paying it forward

    This week we have a PT student observing in our clinic and it made me wonder how soon before I could take a student. I decided to email the fieldwork coordinator at my school and I got more than I bargained for... I can take a level one now! Since I have been a licensed COTA since 2003 I can take level one students now, I can't take level two ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on January 8, 2013
  • Studying Has Begun

         Last week I began studying for the NBCOT exam.  I am not happy with how I’ve been doing it so far.  Currently my system has been to take practice exams and then study the questions I got wrong and the questions that I did not fully understand the reasoning behind.  This has led to very sporadic and ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on January 8, 2013
  • A Day on the Job

      As a COTA you'll find some days can be a bit more stressful than others. I guess today was one of those days because I came home tired and frustrated, some from work, some from the drive home, some from a stop I had to make on the way home. Fortunately most days don't go like this. I really do enjoy being a COTA, but to let you know there ...
    Posted to COTA Thoughts (Weblog) on January 6, 2013
  • Ringing in the new year...

    It is new years eve and I am looking back on the year very happy. Over this year I finished my Master's degree, took my certification exam and.....passed! I have been so excited and can't wait to get my official certificate and license and officially call myself an OTR/L. This year my daughter turned two and what a fun age it has been! She is the ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on December 31, 2012
  • Looking Forward to 2013

         The last day of 2012.  Wow, what a year!  As I look back at this time last year, I cannot believe how far I’ve come and how much I’ve learned.  I did not know it at the time, but I was just a few weeks away from the most challenging term of the program.  A term that made me question what I was doing and ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on December 31, 2012
  • I Graduated!

         I graduated!  I cannot believe that it is over.  I’m done with school.  I’m done with fieldwork.  It is all up to me now.  It hasn’t sunk in yet.  I have been waiting for this for over 2 years and now it’s finally here.     Going back to school at 29 years old was the ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on December 18, 2012
  • Now the waiting begins

    This past Thursday I took my NBCOT exam and am excited as well as nervous now that its over. I feel much less stress now that I don't spend every waking minute studying but now I am nervous for my results. I am almost more nervous because there is nothing I can do but wait! I have checked several times and will find out in a little over a week if ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on December 10, 2012
  • Busy Times in Acute Care

    I cannot believe it has been so long since I have updated my blog.  Time truly is flying!  I have a mere 2 weeks left before graduation and I can hardly believe it.  I have been learning so much in acute care.  I have had the opportunity to work with a great variety of diagnoses including transplant patients, patients with ...
    Posted to Putting it into Practice: OT Student Blog (Weblog) on December 3, 2012
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