Since graduating from the Clarkson College Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program in December 2010, Jacque Murphy has worked as a licensed PTA at the primary hospital in Gothenburg, Neb. Despite the sometimes overly ambitious goals of her patients or their ability to get frustrated when progress comes slowly, Jacque always maintains an open line of honest communication to ensure her patients’ expectations and outcomes coincide with one another.
When a patient is first seen by a PT or PTA, they make a list of short and long-term goals. At this point, it is important to be honest with a patient to help set goals that are maintainable to their specific therapy diagnosis and to be successful in each treatment session.
The one situation that comes to mind right away was working with a patient who I could tell did not like me very much. Right off, this was hard for me, but I just did my job and cracked my same jokes and tried to warm up to him. I was later informed that this patient accused me of neglect. This turned out to be a huge misunderstanding and everything did work itself out, but I felt horrible for days. I was told to not worry about it, but I really felt the need to personally apologize to the patient. This was definitely a challenge of my ethics and even integrity to handle the situation appropriately based on my personal morals. That being said, the next few times I worked with said patient, he cracked a few wise ones himself, and even though they were about me (I have no shame and laughed), at least it was a start.
Yes, definitely! I landed a job three months before I graduated, and part of this was due to my educational background at Clarkson College and the reputation the school has for graduating students with high morale and integrity. I am asked quite often at work where graduated from, and I am always proud to say Clarkson College.
Although an easy route can be more desirable and less time consuming, the sense of pride and achievement from taking the more difficult road is more fulfilling and shapes one into a better person.