Friday Favorite

I’ve been a bit MIA this week – things have been a little hectic, as I’ve just completed my first week as a DPT! I’ve had a lot of meetings, a lot of paperwork, a lot of training and a lot of generalized stress this week, but I’m happy to say that my first week went great!

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Commute πŸ™‚

Needless to say, that’s my favorite thing to share with you this Friday, so let’s chat about it!

For my job, I am what they call a “traveler”. Meaning that (once I am 100% trained and competent) I travel between their four main hospitals, outpatient facilities, and do home health visits. Until I am considered competent with everything, I am spending my time mentoring with a PT at one facility. Then eventually I will start going to other facilities to train and get to know the in’s and out’s. They do this so that they aren’t throwing us in blind – I’ll have a better idea of where to get supplies/where to go/how things work at every facility through this training process.

The fact that I have such a supportive mentor program is one thing that I love about this position so far. On Monday, it was obviously just an orientation type day. I observed a lot, got to play around with the computer systems, and just got a feel for how things are done at this facility. By Wednesday I was given my own patients to treat and document – with my mentor either in the room or close by if needed. I sort of feel like an advanced student, if that makes sense. I still have someone over my shoulder if I need, but overall, I’m on my own, which is comforting and nerve racking at the same time.

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Sorry, took out last name and work place.

The people that I’m currently working with are great. They’ve been welcoming, helpful, and have pretty hilarious lunch time conversations. One issue that I have: I need to learn how to use a pager. Haha.

So far I’ve gotten up to treating about 5-6 patients of my own. My mentor is typically still right there with the more complicated patients, because again, I still don’t know all of the protocols and I’m still learning my way around the hospital. I also still have a lot of nerves built up! I haven’t touched a patient since August 7th – and that was in outpatient. I haven’t been in a hospital setting since before Costa Rica!

Overall though, I really think I’m going to like this job and I am so happy to working again. I am no doubt exhausted and stressed and so ready for the weekend, but I can’t wait to see where this new position takes me!

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