Final Reflection Paper 1. This semester I had the opportunity to complete my fieldwork at Northern Physical Therapy. While Northern Physical Therapy has many local clinics, I attended the Wayland location. My experience at this site involved me showing up on Mondays for 5 hours and Fridays for 4 hours, totaling around 9 hours per week. At the Wayland location, the clinic had two Physical Therapists, Matt and Denise, an Occupational therapist, Anna, an Occupational Therapist Assistance, Stephanie, and two Personal Care Assistants, Kassie and Lisa. Although I was anticipating my supervisor to be Anna, the Occupational Therapist, I ended up working with Matt majority of the time. He has been a Physical Therapist for around 3 years after …show more content…
After the first couple of weeks, I began working with patients and offered support to other staff when needed. I continued to do this until the end of the semester, eventually progressing to work with patients who had harder exercises than others. 2. Northern Physical Therapy provided an inclusive environment for all of its patients and employees. Northern worked to promote cultural equality and made sure that the patients were free to make their own choices when it came to their health. Effective relationships and clear communication were established between every staff member and patient at the clinic. I also believe that none of the patients felt abused, harmed, or criticized for any reason. In order to avoid this, Northern has private evaluation rooms so that the client feels safe about their health. Northern also has trained professionals to deal with health insurance so that the client is able to get the best experience possible with the organization, while feeling confident and safe with the organization as a whole. Additionally, Northern was driven by the idea of a social environment. They interacted frequently with patients, physicians, and other health care professionals. The organization also worked to contact each patient directly when it came to co-pays or scheduling appointments. Northern also made sure that those patients who needed a one-on-one appointment were able to get one. Moreover, Northern made sure that each patient had a
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My first experience observing a physical therapist, commenced in the summer of 2014. At the time, I was given the opportunity to observe a physical therapist named Jennifer Moreland. Throughout my time observing her, I began to recognize she was not just a physical therapist with her patients. Many times, she took on the role of a consoler, cheerleader, friend and supporter for her patients. Reflecting back on this, I am able to see that the primary reason she has succeeded as a physical therapist; is due to her amiable, encouraging and empathetic nature. These character traits have allowed her to do more than heal patients' musculoskeletal problems. She has also been able to heal hearts, souls and minds by cheering, supporting, listening
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Ever since I was young my life goals were to help others when I grew up, however I wasn’t exactly sure how. Throughout the past couple years, with a wonderful support system; I have been able to make the decision about wanting to achieve the goal of becoming a physical therapist. It is my belief that I have a high spiritual calling to be a physical therapist, because I have the intention to be able to guide others. I gather that this can be spiritual, because helping others is what God’s intentions are, and would recommend others to follow in His footsteps. My mindset is indeed compassionate, empathetic, selfless, and strong with a thirst for knowledge. Being a physical therapist has many rewards such as happiness, equality, and a sense of accomplishment which can be very valuable and will affect my life in a positive manner.
When she sees a patient for the first time she talks to them about the doctor’s report and asks specific questions about their injury or experiences leading up to the need for physical therapy. Megan explained how important it is to make the patient feel comfortable and keep a positive attitude towards the patient’s recovery. These consultations were the most interesting to sit in on because it allowed me to observe the therapist’s ability to take the patient’s information and create a diagnosis and treatment plan for the injury or pain described. Megan may have multiple patients at a time so she stressed the importance of keeping up with each patient and why the physical therapy techs are so helpful. Scheduling is another job of the therapists that is important in keeping the clinic running smoothly. There is also paperwork that has to be filled out for every patient after every visit about their
My first Physical therapy observation experience was at TIRR Memorial Hermann in the Texas Medical Center. The therapy done here were for inpatients who went through a brain or spinal cord injury. On my first day I did not know what I was going in for. I only thought that PT was about orthopedic rehabilitation but in reality there is therapy for everything.
The day-to-day writing in the field of Physical Therapy varies depending on the audience. The audience determines the purpose of the writing and writing style. Physical Therapists (PT) use evidence-based exercises and activities to rehabilitate their patients in order for them to reach their unique goal. Since PT’s work with both medical professionals and patients, they must adjust their writing to be able to communicate effectively. PT’s are just one of the many people in the medical field that may work with a particular patient so it is important that the communication between the different layers of the medical field are precise and clear. Writing to a patient is also important because they are the person who is being directly affected
While I shadowed Janet, I noticed that there was a multitude of tedious documentation that she was required to record. She explained that she spends numerous hours outside of work completing this documentation. Aside from the overwhelming amount of documentation, I felt that I could potentially enjoy working in the field of physical therapy. Janet is able to truly work with patients one-on-one and it was heartwarming to see the excitement that Janet expressed when her patients showed progress. As the year progresses, I plan to look into the steps required to become a physical
I was nervous at first because this was this was my first field work, and had just started the Therapeutic Recreational program. Nichole Cummins was aware of this and made me comfortable in my new venture at the St. Joseph’s Impatient Rehabilitation Unit. I discussed my goals with her before starting the field work. The unit is on the 4th floor of the main hospital. Files of patients are filed in a secure cabinet. My field work was 60 hours of experience. My goals were to learn about documentation, program planning, and activity modification.
Accordingly, altruism became a mainstay. Proctoring physical therapists indoctrinated the fundamental that you put every need of a patient before your own, and always shooting for a higher level of care than the majority would accept. Specifically, they would always let patients come in on occasions separate from their appointments and utilize the exercise equipment as required. As the intern, building a priority to support all patients that came in with total guidance and instruction became predominant. This leads to the other key to professionalism, humility. During my internship, constant quizzing ingrained that you constrain the need to answer every question. Giving a “best guess” will lead to negative repercussions. Correspondingly, observations of the physical therapists themselves refer innumerable times to other professionals; be it the patient’s doctor, another therapist, or a dietitian. Seeing how various physical therapists operated also reinforced the belief of professional duty. The pride every therapist had in the profession, the mentoring that each provided, and the amount of work put towards every patient left my mind with a profound impression. Equally important, the consciousness of unspoiled care and compassion. Listening to other undergraduates and professors explain that you would have “problem patients”; this idea became entrenched in my head when starting. Contrarily, their concepts never materialized. Wanting to help the patients that had numerous struggles, or purely had countless debilitating injuries constituted as the goal. Contemplating unique exercises, finer cues, or improved ways to motivate perpetuated my evenings. Moreover; considering a patient ingenuously as a “knee”, or “rotator cuff”, or even just a patient was never a possibility. They were always people and people with their own particular
I am the physical therapy team leader at a pediatric outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinic. This clinic evaluates and treats children between the ages of birth and 21 years with a variety of conditions, including, but not limited to: developmental delays, orthopedic and neurological conditions, brachial plexus injuries, torticollis and plagiocephaly, and autism spectrum disorders. Occasionally, the therapists will evaluate and treat an adult patient with developmental disabilities. The clinic is open five days per week with four occupational therapists, three physical therapists, one physical therapist assistant, and a Spanish-speaking interpreter. As the physical therapy team leader, I work with the occupational therapy team leader to suggest, establish, and implement new programs at the clinic, under the direction of the therapy manager.
Physical Therapist’s earnings are good and very high. On average Physical Therapist has a salary of $82,180 in 2013 they are well paid. (“Physical Therapist: Salary.”) Also, Physical Therapist that live in the Metropolitan areas of Laredo, Texas: Los Vegas: and Brownsville, Texas are paid a magnitude of money. (“Physical Therapist: Salary.”) Finally, ‘”Being a Physical Therapist is very rewarding. They work with Patients one-on-one, see them progress through treatment, and know that they are really making a difference in their lives,” said APTA spokesperson Merideth Harris, PT, DPT, EdD,’ (“Benefits of a Physical Therapist Career.”) A Physical Therapist is paid very well, and has high
One of the highs of this clinical rotation were taking new patients POC and being able to come up with appropriate interventions to treat and progress them within their POC. Another high was being comfortable around patients, and educating them on their condition, their physical therapy interventions and goals. Understanding the documentation system and comfortably documenting treatment sessions was one low I had in the beginning of the rotation.
Each student worker begins as a PT Aide, learning how to act as, rather than a peer, a care provider for the College’s athletes, but with experience comes an assignment to one team as a Student Athletic Trainer. I was competent in my PT Aide duties but was going abroad the following semester, so my hope for progress was delayed. Yet, upon my return, I remained on the PT Aide schedule. I expected that my dedication to the position would have earned recognition and a team assignment, but I felt it had been forgotten. Though my disappointment did not prevent me from continuing to work for each athlete with a smile, I wondered why I had not received an assignment. Instead of speculating, I approached my supervisor for a meeting about my progress
On September 8th, 2015, I first began interning for Dr. Dawn Cox and her staff of experienced Physical Therapists at PRANA Functional Manual Therapy in Lancaster, PA as a Physical Therapy Aide. Intermittently, on the first day of my internship, I would ask the therapists “Why choose Physical Therapy as a profession?” One of the Physical Therapists conveyed that aside from the substantial benefits a job provides, it was the intangible materials that gave the profession a meaning. As a student exploring the field of Physical Therapy, I have infallibly witnessed professionalism at PRANA and other Physical Therapy facilities through the therapists’ altruism towards patients -without violating ethical practices as professionals; their apposite use of communication with each individual at the workplace; and their sense of accountability when things go unforeseen.
Excellence: Excellence is a key component behind the practice of evidence-based care in the profession of physical therapy. As a doctoring profession that utilizes high levels of research, the knowledge invested into care will lead to well-constructed successful outcomes. Physical therapy will continue to expand and excel in the quality of patient centered care. I’ve worked hard to meet goals throughout my undergraduate education and will continue to meet higher standards as a graduate student. As a future professional, I will aim far beyond what is necessary to meet basic requirements, and continually pursue growth.