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  • The ‘No Productivity’ Scenario

    I've recently blogged about the potential closing of the long term care/skilled nursing facility closing where I work. Although there has been no formal announcement from the administration, census continues to slow and hours have been cut from all departments- for the exception of Rehab. Due to the fact that we continue to generate revenue for ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 22, 2014
  • The 18-Year-Old PTA

    During the first week of PTA school, our director announced that the median age of the class was 33.5 years old. We students, spanning from age 20-55, had come from all walks of life. I remember a few fellow classmates had just received BS degrees from 4-year colleges and others were entering physical therapy as a fourth or fifth job incarnation. ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 15, 2014
  • Assessing Physicals

    One clinic I worked for provided drug screening and physicals for various employers. I was tasked with a checklist and some basic lifting scenarios to put potential employees through. At the time, the construction business was in full swing so there were a lot of people coming through who wanted employment. When an older gentleman came through ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 14, 2014
  • The PTA Student Who Only Wants to Do Orthopedics

    Last month we had a PTA student at my facility. The other PT was his CI because while schedule facilitates time at the barn, no one else wants to start work at 6 in the morning. From the beginning, the student made it clear he planned to work in an outpatient orthopedic clinic. I believe he had already lined up a job. I didn't think ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on August 12, 2014
  • Billing Rapport

    In a typical therapy session, I attempt to fit in the most important tasks I feel the patient needs to focus on for that day. Therapeutic exercise, gait training and pain management modality -- it can be challenging to fit the session goals into the allotted 45 minutes to an hour. Then there are times when the patient is so weak and ill, bed-level ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 8, 2014
  • Making a Mess

    As I opened the gym door early one morning, I was stunned by what I saw. A large polyurethane mug with those beautiful white rings left from the wet bottom of the cup practically glowing on one edge of the mat table. Someone brought their drink into the gym, was treating patients, and left the cup and mess for someone to clean up. ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on August 6, 2014
  • Job Risk

    Over the past 4 months, I've been acclimating to a new PTA job -- as I've described at length in some of my previous blogs. The work itself is similar to my previous PTA position in a skilled nursing setting but the environment is completely different. Initially, the slower-paced, smaller rehab department of a long-term care center was a huge ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on August 1, 2014
  • Healthcare Economics 101

    Would you invest in the company you work for? How about an ''Improshare'' where the savings between hours worked and production are shared between the company and the worker? Can you ''feel'' the viability of your company and are they open enough to allow workers to see their bottom line? It can be difficult when you read that a company you work ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 30, 2014
  • Rusty Anatomy

    Last week my 10-year-old daughter pointed to her leg and asked ''What's this bone called, Mom?'' Specifically, she was pointing to a bony prominence on the lateral aspect of her lower leg and wondering why her friend had a ''bigger bump'' than herself. I quickly responded ''Well, that's your...'' and in that moment I realized two facts: I could ...
    Posted to Life of a PTA (Weblog) on July 25, 2014
  • Physical Therapy Prime Requisite

    Name: Theraman Walkis Race: Human Alignment: Lawful Neutral Class: Therapist Assistant HP: 96 Level: 18 Strength: 15 Intelligence: 14 Wisdom: 13 Dexterity: 16 Constitution: 13 Charisma: 17   Magic Items Mordenkainen's Gait Belt of Walking, +2 Fall Prevention Bigby's Gloves Against Communicable Disease ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 23, 2014
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