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  • A Bridge from PTA to PT

    Last weekend I volunteered at the Texas Physical Therapy Association annual conference. I sat at the election table and verified membership numbers during the day. Later I helped count ballots. During the slow times, I spoke with one of the professors at a local PT school. She is in the process of developing a bridge program for PTAs to become ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on October 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
  • Lead PT, Lead

    There are some therapists who are born to lead and bring a dynamic quality with them during evals and treatment sessions. Others are hesitant to make decisions and will prefer the ''wait and see'' method in regard to patient care. I have worked with both types. Since I don't like to hold a PT's hand when discussing patient care and progression, ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on July 16, 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
  • Disagreeing with Discharge

    Disagreeing with someone is not something new for me. I will freely voice my opinion (usually supported with data and anecdotes) to anyone who will listen and objectively discuss an issue with me. In the case of discharging a patient from therapy, the decision is ideally the PT's; however, as a patient advocate I have the responsibility to ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on May 1, 2014
  • 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
  • To My Dissenters

    I have been accused of being ageist, burnt out and one anonymous reader said I should work in a fast food restaurant as a favor to the patients I see. A state licensing investigator even contacted me for something I wrote because a reader or two did not agree with my opinion. Perhaps I should stick with feel-good stories about how the PT and I ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on March 18, 2014
  • Truth in Treatment

    Since therapy has been focused on science-based evidence, I thought I would examine two treatments that are embraced by ''leaders'' in the therapy community. The first is visceral manipulation. The APTA took a hit for including this in the Section on Women's Health and I wanted to find out why. Jean-Pierre Barral, the French osteopath and PT, ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 26, 2014
  • Is 'ASPT' the Answer?

    ‘ASPT' should be the new designation for PTAs who have an associate's degree in physical therapy. The PTAs who have successfully challenged the testing and don't have a degree as a PTA should not be allowed to use this. These new letters will denote we have an associate's degree in physical therapy and will practice and be licensed as a physical ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 19, 2014
  • EMS and Home Assessments

    National Public Radio recently did a story on Dr. Kevin Munjal, who is in charge of EMS at Mt. Sinai hospital in New York. His idea to put the EMS system in the forefront of preventative medicine is interesting. Rather than the EMTs and paramedics simply picking up or dropping the patients off, they should inspect the home for loose wiring, throw ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on February 5, 2014
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