Fundamentals of Clinical Instruction

One of the great things about the place I work is the fact that we have a vast amount of opportunities to attend inservices and continuing education classes.  A class I recently attended that was put together by therapists at the hospitals was regarding clinical instruction, and how to be a fieldwork educator.

The class was broken up into two parts.  The first part was just with the occupational therapists, and laws and regulations related specifically to occupational therapy were discussed.  The second part went over how students learn, various learning methods, and how to handle the problem and exceptional student.

Hearing about ways of handling the problem student was especially interesting, as we got to hear stories about various students who did all sorts of things that I could never imagine doing myself as a student.  But we also got to hear about some creative ways of working with students who have a hard time with certain skill sets.

For example, if the clinical instructor (CI) sees that the student has a hard time managing the patient and the IV pole at the same time, the CI should attach a blood pressure cuff to his arm, and use the vitals machine as the IV pole.  A clean chest tube drain can be used a Foley catheter.

Overall, it was a great class, and it was nice to see that my hospital takes teaching students so seriously.  At any given time, there are always at least two students somewhere in the hospital, whether it is a phsyical therapy student, occupational therapy student, or a speech-language pathology student.  While I did already have a Level I student, I hope to soon be able to take a Level II student and use some of the principles I learned in this class.

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June 19, 2008 at 11:09 pm Leave a comment

OT and Social Networking

After completely failing to complete my 31-day Comment Challenge, I have learned that as much as one can try to get a certain project done, sometimes real life takes over and the project has to take a back seat.  Unfortunately I did not complete the challenge.

However, something that did get done over the past few weeks is very exciting to me.  I played a minor role in presentation that was given at the British Association of Occupational Therapists in discussing the role of Web 2.0  (social networking specifically) and the professional development of occupational therapists.  As a result, and with the guidance of Merrolee Penman, the two of us were able to make an 11th hour sumbission to the AOTA to possible present at their conference next year in Houston, Texas.  For more info on the presentation at the BAOT conference, see Merrolee and Sarah/Angela‘s blogs.

June 19, 2008 at 10:45 pm 6 comments

Occupational Therapy Assistant makes it to Britain’s Got Talent Semifinals

Tracy Lee Collins made it to Britain’s Got Talent semifinals, but did not advance to the finals.  While watching the clip from his first performance, I noticed the following, which I captured in a screen grab:

One thing that is absolutely distinguishable about him is his sense of humor, which he sprinkles throughout both of his performances, but especially his second.  I have absolutely no idea where he practices, but I’m sure that using his humor to work with patients has tremendous therapeutic value.

Here are the links to his performances:  Clip one, Clip two.

May 27, 2008 at 9:13 pm 5 comments

Day 5: Comment on a Blog Post You Don’t Agree With

This one was pretty easy.  See here for my disagreement.

May 18, 2008 at 6:38 pm Leave a comment

Day 4: Ask a Question in a Blog Comment

Here it is on May 18th, and I’m only up to Day 4.  Unfortunately, I have bouts of time where I get busy with real life and don’t have time to blog. I have some catching up to do!

For the Day 4 challenge, I’ll actually refer back to a question I asked in a speech therapy blog, linked here (scroll way down).

May 18, 2008 at 6:32 pm 1 comment

Day 3: Sign up for a Comment Tracking Service

This task was relatively simple.  I signed up for CoComment, a service that allows you to track the comments you’ve made on other blogs, as well as the replies to your comments on those other blogs.  I’m sure this will come in handy for future challenges

May 5, 2008 at 8:52 pm Leave a comment

Day 2: Comment on a Blog You’ve Never Commented on Before

Many of us can get into the habit of commenting at the same blogs. But part of extending the conversation is bringing new people into it. Today’s task is simple. Leave a comment on a blog where you’ve never commented before. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, do this at a few blogs. You may want to blog about the experience on your own blog. If you do, be sure to tag it with “comment08”

Looking at my site stats, I found a blog linking to my own that I had never seen.  It was cleverly named, “Oh Tea” and is a brand new blog written by an occupational therapy (OT) student.  She had found my blog and was kind enough to link to me. I’ll post over there to welcome her to the blogging world 🙂

May 5, 2008 at 8:03 pm 2 comments

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