I haven't kept any of you abreast of how work is going for me. I guess now is as good a time as any to fill you in on what's what.
When I first moved to New York a little over a year ago I was bouncing around a little bit from different nursing homes in every borough of NYC. A week in staten island, a couple weeks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn. I spent a couple months last summer in a nursing home in the Bronx, and I even had a couple trips out to long island. It was exhausting, but it also gave me a really good idea of how the American health care system works. It's bonkers, but I won't go in to it right now.
After last summer I started working full-time in paediatrics. I was working in the school system and in an after school clinic. That was another experience in itself. Really fun (for the most part) and also, really exhausting. I've been working with children for as long as I've been able to work really, so somehow these positions always fall into my lap. This is the first time I've worked with them as a physical therapist. It can be terribly interesting, but it can also be terribly... terrible. If there are any other physical therapist reading this who work with kids I'd like to hear your opinions.
Now with the school year being over I'm finally FINALLY working in an outpatient clinic full time. With any luck this will stick. I'm working in the setting I'm comfortable in and I'm learning a lot from the clinic owner. Life-long learning for the win!
Oh, just so you know, I'm not a bad physical therapist. I'm not bouncing around all of these places because I suck and get fired. I'm employed by a staffing agency and as such I end up doing a lot of coverage or things like that.
So that's a brief summary of the past year-or-so. I'm hoping this outpatient gig is where I stay for the remainder of my contract.
Cheers folks. I'll get back to more science-y type posting soon. I think.