A typical day at my skilled nursing facility consists of first approving the pay-roll, checking for admissions and discharges, and then arranging the schedule for my 10 full-time therapists. I attend the Morning Meeting with all the department heads, where we discuss issues and problem-solve together. I then treat residents who are primarily diagnosed as having dysphagia and cognitive deficits.
I answer emails, assign therapists to attend care conferences, admission meetings, and to screen residents for unusual occurrences (mainly falls).
I speak with family members, meet with social services for discharge planning matters, maintain the employee documents file, including their TB tests, licenses, and continuing education. I interview prospective new hires, and continually assure that all therapy documentation is up to date and accurate.
I enjoy the variety of my job and the ability to put my two master's degrees into practice. Every day brings new challenges and unique rewards. My therapists work hard to provide the best care possible within a team setting, where everyone is valued, each with their own strengths and attributes.