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  • Guarded Conversations

    Recently, in the middle of a treatment session, I had a patient worriedly ask me if the skilled nursing facility where we were working was ''going out of business.'' Considering how random the question was, but more importantly how concerned the patient seemed, I attempted to ease his mind with the truthful answer of the facility's stable ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 27, 2014
  • The Nominating Committee

    Last year, I was elected to the Texas Physical Therapy Association (TPTA) nominating committee. The role of the committee is, as the name suggests, finding individuals to run for the various open seats in the TPTA. This is the first state-level position I have held and take it very seriously. Imagine my surprise when I received an ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on June 25, 2014
  • Consent for Professional Abuse

    If you're thinking this is a post about patient consent, it's not. Last week I wrote about the nearly unachievable productivity levels in skilled nursing facilities. I got a lot of responses from it. A former classmate wrote to tell me he was just separated from his employer due to saying ''no'' to unreasonable productivity levels. Professionals ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on June 24, 2014
  • Are You Competent?

    Every year, our department completes a series of competencies designed to ensure our compliance with and understanding of basic hospital policies and procedures as well as more departmental-specific things. It is apparently a Joint Commission requirement (those guys are such a drag!) that we complete three competencies every year. And so, our ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on June 19, 2014
  • Productivity Woes

    Many of my fellow ADVANCE bloggers have been voicing concerns over productivity standards where they work. There is concern over not being able to reach targets and still do required work that's not billable; concern over working on one's own time; concern over patient outcomes; and concern of personal burnout and exhaustion. They are not alone. ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on June 18, 2014
  • How PT Can Benefit From Getting Social

    In our first few weeks of PT school, we've spent a lot of time discussing appropriate social media use. In one of our classes, we even did some ''cybervetting,'' or searching for ourselves online. As an admitted tech-geek, I have been all over social media from a young age and, before even beginning physical therapy school, I was blogging and ...
    Posted to Striving to Be a DPT (Weblog) on June 17, 2014
  • The Productivity Push

    Once upon a time, not but a short few months ago, I worked in a large corporate-run skilled nursing facility where the productivity of the rehab staff was considered top priority. Even above the recovery of the patients, you may ask? Almost -- with productivity expectations a very close second. Every week our rehab meeting would lead with our ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on June 13, 2014
  • 'The Power of the Human Spirit'

    CHARLOTTE, NC -- Jimmy Fallon isn't down here for the APTA's 2014 NEXT Conference and Exposition, but he was about the only thing missing from the ''Tonight Show''-style opening event last night. APTA CFO Rob Batarla served as master of ceremonies, with the homage including everything from a comical monologue to interview couch, succession of ...
  • Connecting Complaints to Satisfaction

    I read an article last year about the top 10 reasons why people make an appointment with their doctor and was surprised to see skin issues as the number-one driver. What an interesting topic to consider; why do we make decisions to see the doctor? Even more, how can we use that information to capture patients at the right time and provide them ...
    Posted to Raising the Bar in Rehab (Weblog) on June 12, 2014
  • My Mentor, My Inspiration

    For my birthday, I've treated myself to phone calls to friends and family back in the States. I just got off the line with the person who I can say is the reason I became a PT/physiotherapist. I had been in my mid-20s and the whole starving actor gig was more starving than acting and it really wasn't much fun. I figured that if I wasn't having ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on June 10, 2014
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