How To Choose Your Testing Center

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Last year, as the summer was nearing its end, I started preparing to take the … Read more

OT Practice Setting Pros and Cons: Outpatient Therapy & Home Health

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Challenges and barriers are inevitably present in any job field. The particular obstacles may vary from setting to setting, or they may be a result of the job itself. No matter the source, it is important to know what they are before accepting and starting a new job or career. This is especially of note for healthcare professionals, who are often expected to begin patient care soon after entering a facility’s doors.

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By Brittany Ferri

Challenges and barriers are inevitably present in any job field. The particular obstacles may vary from setting to setting, or they may be a result of the job itself. No matter the source, it is important to know what they are before accepting and starting a new job or career. This is especially of note for healthcare professionals, who are often expected to begin patient care soon after entering a facility’s doors.

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OT Practice Setting Pros and Cons—Inpatient Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facilities

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It is typically seen as an advantage of a profession when there are many avenues for your career to take. Depending on the type of facility they work at, an occupational therapist can enter new roles, gain diverse work experience, and hone a range of skills. However, as a new therapist, the same element that makes occupational therapy so advantageous is something I found particularly trying. Graduating as generalists automatically prepares an occupational therapist for work in nearly any setting. This adaptability can be quite overwhelming, as it entails deciding which practice setting is the best fit, before having any paid work experience.

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Similarities and Differences Between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

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OT or PT?

Occupational therapists and physical therapists often work side-by-side, addressing similar conditions using similar treatment methods and tools. Depending on the setting, it may be difficult to tell which practitioner is which. With so many similarities, it should come as no surprise that OT and PT were once the same—both professions were once known as reconstruction aides, who were tasked with veteran rehabilitation during World War I. Both disciplines can address developing, improving, and preventing deterioration of a patient’s physical function and ability to carry out daily living tasks, both strive to optimize a patient’s independence and quality of life, and both can work with patients across the lifespan.

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What Occupational Therapy School is Really Like

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Where to Begin?

Students seeking a career in occupational therapy may be unsure of where to start and what to expect. When I began applying to OT school, it seemed like no schools were exactly the same. I discovered that most schools did not even have the same admission criteria. As I began interviewing, I learned that some things were more important to certain schools than to others. For instance, I interviewed at one school that thought I didn’t have a good understanding of OT because I mentioned a strong interest in research! However, other schools like my alma mater saw this as a good quality in an applicant. Over the years, I’ve spoken to students from different programs and learned that my initial hunch was correct—every program is a little different.

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So You Want to Leave Patient Care: Now What?

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Are you experiencing clinician burnout? Do you bring your patients’ emotional and physical burdens home with you every night? Yet, do you stay in patient care because you don’t know what else to do?
It’s OK. You’re certainly not alone! I was there once, and I’m here to tell that you have other options. Here are some tips to make those options into realities.
The first thing you need to do is take some important self-inventory steps.

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