Physical Therapist Assistant Supervision By An RPT

After being a Physical Therapist Assistant now for 18 years, I would like to think I have a pretty sound grasp to what I am doing out there in the field. I work in the home health field and it appears every year some agencies feel it is necessary to send a Registered Physical therapist out to the home with me to check my work and to be sure I guess, that I am doing my job.

In other words  am I giving a good treatment to the patient?  Am I checking vital signs, do I know how to do a long arc quad. Do I know how to set up and implement an home exercise program. Really?

After 18 years if I do not then maybe I better find work elsewhere, don’t you agree?  I run an Independent contracting business, Its my business. Why in the world would I consider giving inferior service? Poor work and time management means less referrals and a loss of income right?

I realize RPT supervision is the law, I know that rap already. What I think should be done from these home health agencies is that if a PTA has three years or more experience in the field, they should be opted out of a RPT  standing over your shoulder to be sure you know how to take a blood pressure for goodness sake.

I cant vouch for any other PTA however, the school where I went to Saint Petersburg College in my estimation trains and educates the best  Physical Therapist Assistant out in the field today. Sure I might be just a little bias.

How about in the future that a rule is written that you can waste a physical therapists time on a new PTA grad out of school or someone who has under three years experience.

Coming out to check on a PTA with probably more years experience then the RPT who is checking their work to begin with is questionable. I have seen good and bad therapists with all kinds’ of experience no matter how many letters they have after their name. Its not all about book knowledge.

Less babysitting and more patient satisfaction should what we all should be working on.

Richard Haynes PTA,CPT

Total Joint Fitness LLC

http://www.richardhaynespta.com

http://www.richardhaynes.com

Tips On Becoming A Great PTA Tip#1 Passion

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Becoming a great Physical Therapist or Physical Therapist Assistant requires you have passion about your career and striving to be the best

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A great PTA has passion for what they do. This is no secret if you want to be a success in any line of work, you must have passion and enjoy what you are doing! It has been said ” Dont chase your pension but be sure you are chasing  your passion” this paraphrased of course but its true. if you do not enjoy the work you are doing it will show and your patients will be able to see right through it as well.

We have all worked with people in our lives where it was obvious that they did not enjoy what they were doing. Believe me, it is no fun trying to carry weak sisters around and pulling the extra load because they are not mentally not involved.

Passion has to be a part of becoming an excellent PTA or RPT for that matter, it makes no difference what degree you…

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Tips On Becoming A Great PTA Tip#1 Passion

A great PTA has passion for what they do. This is no secret if you want to be a success in any line of work, you must have passion and enjoy what you are doing! It has been said ” Dont chase your pension but be sure you are chasing  your passion” this paraphrased of course but its true. if you do not enjoy the work you are doing it will show and your patients will be able to see right through it as well.

We have all worked with people in our lives where it was obvious that they did not enjoy what they were doing. Believe me, it is no fun trying to carry weak sisters around and pulling the extra load because they are not mentally not involved.

Passion has to be a part of becoming an excellent PTA or RPT for that matter, it makes no difference what degree you hold by the way, I would like to think that most of the PT applicants that are not passionate about this field would be sorted out in the interview session prior to admission. When I entered PTA school in 1995, they were not doing interviews at that time, now today they are which I am in full agreement with.

You can look into someones eyes and tell by their body language if they are in fact on fire for the field of physical therapy or just trying to break into the field because they heard on a news cast that physical therapy was one of the careers in demand going into the 21st century.

If you are passionate about PT or any job, work will not seem like work, you will find that you are enjoying yourself and find the work easy and get paid for it at the same time, what a life.

True success in life is doing what you enjoy for an occupation, if you have to work find something you enjoy doing and get paid at the same time.

Passion is about doing the best job you can for your patients and leaving an everlasting footprint with that patient during  the rehabilitation process.

Your patients will enjoy working with you and your enthusiasm will hopefully carry over to them as well.

Richard Haynes PTA

Total Joint Fitness LLC

http://www.richardhaynes.com

http://www.richardhaynespta.com