Well, I guess now I am what you would call an official, authentic, real life grown up!! That's right people, I accepted my first real JOB this week!! I feel great about my decision, and am really excited about the 'new road' I will soon begin. Don't get me wrong, these past 3 years of PT school have been a full time job. But, there is just something about knowing that FINALLY everything you have been working for and towards is becoming a reality.
I feel extremely blessed to have recieved multiple jobs offers, especially in these current economic times. As many of you know there are multiple settings you can work in as a physical therapist, which are really all very different from one another. There is outpatient orthopedics, which is your mom and pop type clinic that now-a-days are on every corner. You can work in hospitals providing acute physical therapy. You can work with kids in outpatient practices or in school settings. You can work with strictly neurological patients, including spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, traumatic brain injury, ALS and many other conditions. You can work in home health, where you provide physical therapy in the patient's home. You can work with strictly geriatrics or elderly people. Anyway, you get my point, there are lots of options!
Both in school and on clinical rotations, I fell in love with neurological rehab specifically in the geriatric population. If you've known me for any time at all, you know that I love "old people". I love and respect their lives that they've lived and have yet to live. I am passionate about giving them the health care that they need and deserve, and not just writing them off because they are "old". Anyway, with that said, after much deliberation, I decided on a job at a skilled nursing facility in Bryan/College Station!! Now....If only I can finish my last 4 projects, graduate in May, and pass the National board exam in June....I will be on to bigger and better things! (That last sentence sounds so easy on paper)