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  • Ends Justify the Means

    I took three courses of philosophy during my undergraduate years and never really got into it. I'm not even completely sure I understood the phrase, ''the end justifies the means,'' until I was a little older. Experiences added up and I learned how to focus on the end result to get through the process, and like an ''aha'' moment, I finally got it. ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on April 24, 2014
  • A Salute to Occupational Therapists

    April is National Occupational Therapy Month, so I'm devoting this week's blog to honoring all occupational therapists and the great work that they do! In PT school, I don't remember learning a lot about OTs. During my clinical rotations I had the opportunity to work with OTs on occasion, but never actually followed any OTs around and observed ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 24, 2014
  • Collecting Data

    When United Parcel Service (UPS) began to collect data on drivers and their trucks, there were some improvements. These included no more key locks in doors because they slowed the drivers down and use of a computer clipboard that also held data on how the truck was loaded and the best routes to take to deliver the packages. Productivity went from ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 23, 2014
  • Blatant Rudeness

    Usually when I go on a teaching trip, I have wonderful students. For the most part they pay attention. I get good questions. Some have fallen asleep because they drove three hours to get there. Others are obviously there for the CEUs. Last week I had someone who disrupted the class. I encourage questions and discussion with attendees. This time ...
    Posted to Toni Talks about PT Today (Weblog) on April 22, 2014
  • Making a 'Very Bold Statement' to Physicians

    A large part of my current position involves reducing the risk of falling for people in the community as well as those residing in care homes. That's what prevention is all about -- reducing risk. Not long ago, I received a phone call from an irate physician who took offense that a mere physiotherapist would write him a letter detailing which ...
    Posted to PT and the Greater Good (Weblog) on April 22, 2014
  • Saying Goodbye

    I completed my final day of clinical... ever. I'll never have to sign ''SPT'' again. I won't need to have notes cosigned. And I will never, ever fill out a self-assessment of clinical skills again. I feel like I suddenly grew up, got kicked out of the house, and all I'm really waiting for is a small piece of paper to tell me that I'm on my own. ...
    Posted to Journey of a DPT Student (Weblog) on April 21, 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
  • How Many Hats Do You Wear?

    One of my student clinical rotations was at a smaller physical therapy outpatient clinic with just three staff members who managed all aspects of the operations. They all worked seamlessly together and the patients had a lot of fun during their appointments, partially because their therapists were very knowledgeable about every aspect of the ...
    Posted to PT and the City (Weblog) on April 17, 2014
  • Running for Boston

    In the fall of 1993, at the ripe old age of seven, I followed my older brother to Portage Park a couple blocks from our house to our grade school's cross country team practice. In what I'm sure was a pretty pathetic effort, I ran my mile around the park as fast as my little legs could carry my 4-foot-and-change, 50-something-pound body. From that ...
    Posted to PT on the Run (Weblog) on April 17, 2014
  • Growing a Program

    It's not like you can plant some therapists in a gym and suddenly the department is busy. To adequately have a therapy program develop into the future, the way business is conducted today has to change. When looking at more cuts in reimbursements, hiring another person doesn't seem logical, but it is. A good PT aide will get patients up and ...
    Posted to PTA Blog Talk (Weblog) on April 16, 2014
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