Thursday, December 9, 2010

Brown Mackie via Satellite

Last night, I presented to the Occupational Therapy Assistant students with Brown Mackie College in Phoenix. They have a fantastic school and curriculum for these students. We had a chance to meet via videoconference while I stayed in Kansas City.

The students had some great questions regarding the future career opportunities and the impact of healthcare reform on the country. A couple of their tough questions included:

1. What it the most challenging part of providing care to the patient from the time they are admitted until they are discharged. That, of course, reflects the entire experience and it almost always comes down to how we treat our patients and each other and how well we coordinate their care through the process.

2. How do we provide the best care to our patients and advocate for all the necessary resources since many organizations "seem' bottom line driven. Another great question. As organizations need a bottom line, it has to start with Quality. If we need additional resources, we should request them. If we can not get additional resources, we must ask ourselves, "how can we still provide safe and effective care today?" If we can't provide safe and effective care, my vote is to get the patient to a place where they could get safer and more effective care. We have limited resources in healthcare and need constant communication to understand our priorities and back-up plans if we do not have all the resources we need.

Anyway, we had a lot of fun with the presentation. They told me this was their first video presentation so I made sure to take a picture...I could only capture a few in the class.

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