I walked the perimeter of the courts with Jenn; each game fully equipped with players hustling and a fan base intent on showing their support. During a quick stop, a co-ed boys and girls team game caught my attention. Sponsorships covered the back of their jerseys in white and “Recc N Crew” boldly covered the front. Number 15 was their baller; probably about 17 years old, court vision, stern yet calm look and a pure shooter within 16 feet. He often had the ball and was determined to make sure his defense was never questioned. They had a big man that had perfected his post up on the block and would fully extend his right arm and hand when he knew his defender had no chance. Their opponent was a team led by a kid about 14 years old, pesky defender type, wearing #2; his tanned complexion, dark hair and short yet slightly stocky frame was involved in nearly every play. He was their guard. Quick, zippy, fast paced. He was a perfect combination of John Stockton and John Starks, with the personality to match. His efforts were plentiful and he made certain that everyone knew he was playing. On more than one occasion, he was preventing a fast break by blocking and defending the substantially larger big man mentioned earlier. He and Number 15 were natural enemies. The justification for the Recc N Crew’s extensive sponsorship became apparent minutes into the game. They had well organized and executed plays, they exploited their strengths, they were effective on both ends of the floor. #2 and his team were quickly at a deficit, but that didn’t keep him from making his presence felt….especially to Number 15.
It was a great environment. Over the next couple of hours I would learn about the process of developing the organization and its regulations. The league follows NCAA rules with regards to play metrics (traveling, 5-seconds in the lane rule, 3 pointer boundaries, etc) and stringent academic standards for their scholar athletes. The league ranks their athletes using a points system and this ranking ensures that play is fair. Individual ranking is determined by the player’s ability to complete various functional tasks including cervical/truncal rotation and range of their hip flexion. These tests coupled with other functional assessments allow the players to be given a points ranking between 1 and 4.5. During competitive play each team is allowed a sum of 14 points on the court at a given time.
The evening was capped by an impromptu meeting with the league’s commissioner, “Buddy.” Buddy is your All-American, middle aged, tall, salt and pepper haired former collegiate player. He shared the story of how he was introduced to the league through his father who was a former league player. Buddy shared that as he grew older, he too was a former player for the league. He spoke proudly of this year’s event, thanked us for coming out and was then pulled away to attend to happenings of the championship. In summary, it was amazing event, great competitiveness and a perfect environment to learn about the athletes and organization of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association.]]>
Karen is an OTA who is enrolled in the OT bridge program at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She is currently completing one of her Level II fieldworks with RehabCare at the Kindred Nursing and Rehab – Woodland facility. I was fortunate to get a glimpse into Karen’s experience during our one on one interview about the NDT Training.
What did you most enjoy about the NDT Training?
A: The training was very hand-on and the instructor was very open to answering questions over and over again and demonstrating as many times as we needed her to.
What does it mean to have a company provide you with these opportunities during your fieldwork?
A: It is a huge plus. We are able to use our fieldwork experience as continuing education while we are in school, so a company that allows their students to attend these types of trainings during my rotation helps me tremendously; financially and educationally. It allows me to be exposed to additional training without the cost, which is huge when you are a student.
What did you learn most about during the training that you can apply to your patient care?
A: We’ve already implemented so many techniques from the training to our stoke patients. I do not have one specific thing that I learned the most about, but I loved that we could already implement what we learned into our patient care and then I can take all of the written material with me and utilize after my fieldwork experience is over.
Were you able to share the information you learned from the training to your instructor or class?
A: Yes, I was able to share some of the new treatment techniques with my professors and students on our private Facebook page that was set up for me and my classmates, along with providing this information for discussion through our Blackboard portal. My classmates were very excited to hear about the additional training that I’ve received so far from my experience and it was very rewarding to be able to share that with them as well.
How have you enjoyed your fieldwork experience with RehabCare?
A: I began my clinical on January 6th and it has been wonderful so far. The team is extremely helpful and always answers any questions that I have. I enjoy seeing the shared knowledge through all disciplines and the willingness from the team to help each discipline work together. Being an OTA, I’ve worked in skilled nursing settings where the atmosphere is completely different and since being at Kindred Nursing and Rehab – Woodland, getting to see the cohesiveness between all of the staff is very rewarding and brings so much value to everyone.
Karen will finish her fieldwork experience at Kindred Nursing and Rehab – Woodland on March 28th and then will be completing her second fieldwork at another RehabCare site, Christian Care of Louisville in April. She is expected to graduate this August. We are so excited to be providing Karen with not one, but TWO fieldwork opportunities within our company and be able to watch her progress through her education.
Picture (from left to right) Vienna Lafrenz, OTR/L Clinical Performance Specialist; Karen Hill, OT student, Wynna Bryant, Rehab Program Director; Jewell Shope, Area Director of Operations – West Region
One of the best tips that we can offer is to NETWORK! Network with your friends, your instructors, your classmates, your fieldwork sites, your classmates fieldwork sites – the networking opportunities are limitless. Oh, and don’t forget about the people you meet at the Professional Association conferences. A great way to stay connected to all of these contacts is through http://www.Twitter.com. Not a part of Twitter yet? Join and stay connected with RehabCare! @RHBStudents.
I am a first year physical therapy student of the inaugural class at Western Kentucky University, and I was awarded a sponsorship to attend the APTA National Student Conclave in Louisville, Kentucky. I am so thankful to RehabCare for offering me this opportunity. It has truly ignited a fire within me to further my education in the PT field. I have chosen a great career path, and I am so excited to see where it can take me.
I was unaware that the National Student Conclave existed until one of my professors brought it up in class and encouraged our attendance. Some classmates and I headed to Louisville on Thursday evening to attend a Kentucky mixer. It was wonderful to meet students in other KY programs. I quickly learned that our program wasn’t the only one slowly killing their students. On the contrary, it seemed all PT students felt the need to have a stiff drink or eat an incredibly large bowl of ice cream at least twice a week to forget about their gross anatomy practical that was impending. It’s safe to say I was in good company.
On Friday, I was able to get a feel of the range of students who attended the conclave. It was humbling seeing that I was one of over 20,000 PT students in the country who wished to serve the lives of others. I was also able to see the vast amount of careers that were possible within the Physical Therapy field. I was lucky enough to attend a short seminar where I learned how to deal with the stress of being in a tough doctorate program. There I also learned how the breathing, visualization, and yoga that I could use to ease my test-taking tension was also very applicable to patients in a clinical environment.
The exhibit hall was a fun experience as well. It not only contributed to my t-shirt and pen collection, but I was also able to make connections for possible future internships and clinical sites (or even future career opportunities).
Saturday was most exciting for me, as I attended a seminar focused on women’s health. I had no idea that there was so much involved in that specialty. It must be incredibly rewarding to enhance someone’s quality of life affecting them everyday. I hope to continue learning about Women’s and Men’s health, and to someday be a great therapist who goes to bed at night knowing that I helped change a patient’s life for the better.
Western Kentucky University’s Inaugural DPT class. Alexis and her fellow classmates attended the 2013 APTA NSC.]]>
Congratulations to the 2013 Recipients:
• Amanda Boyd, PTA – West Kentucky Community & Technical College
• Kaela Burge-Beckley, PTA – West Kentucky Community & Technical College
• Jimmy Crick, PT – Bellarmine University
• Shawn Frazee, PTA – Somerset Community College
• Samantha Grubb, PTA – Somerset Community College
• Sarah Beth Martin, PT – University of Kentucky
• Kirby Mayer, PT – University of Kentucky
• Megan Oleksa, PTA – Jefferson Community & Technical College
• Avery Schroyer, PT – University of Kentucky
Dennis, Beau, and Gina did a great job of calming my nerves and reassuring me that they would guide me through the steep learning curves ahead. They went out of their way to teach me how to give appropriate rehab therapies and understand the documentation process. They spent extra time patiently explaining my many questions. They pushed me to my limits and challenged my knowledge which allowed me to gain the professional skills and personal growth needed.
The entire rehab team (PT, OT, ST and RT) helped to further my expertise in patient care far beyond my expectations. I will always be grateful for this opportunity to learn- from the trusting patients themselves, to the dedicated professionals who help them heal. To all at Kindred Hospital, a heartfelt “Thank you!”
Pictured: Dennis Ohara (left), PD at Kindred Hospital-Sacramento, Renee Snook, recent CIP student and Sacramento City College Student and Beau Bimson, OTR, Clinical Coordinator at Kindred Hospital.]]>
First off, it is important for therapists to recognize that the cognition/memory code of G9168 – G9170 is only to be used for speech therapy – and does not apply to either physical or occupational therapies as it was not included in the PT/OT code list.
In addressing the confusion over whether physical and occupational therapists can use the same G-codes at the same time, Shelly indicated that it is okay to do so as they related to each discipline’s goals, but recommended that the therapist clearly indicate the difference in the scope of practice so as to avoid an appearance of duplication of services.
The last issue of whether assistants can complete the G-codes is still a bit unclear. While a therapist must determine the G-code and appropriate modifiers, it is noted that the therapy assistant may be able to document the updates in accordance with the schedule set forth in the regulation. However, as is stated in the column, as with most significant changes to reporting regulations, there are many areas that still need to be addressed and “ironed out.”
At RehabCare, we are continuing to work to establish best practices regarding the inclusion of G-codes, and we will continue to partner with other national stakeholders to develop industry standards.]]>
Licensure Exam Preparation
Now that graduation is behind you, the work is just beginning. Next step? The licensure exam through the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). FPTA members enjoy access to Open Door for evidence based research if their access to school database access is cut off. Highlight the member directory as a tool to find members nearby.
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