Acute Care in the 21st Century: What’s Entry Level Practice?
Acute care physical therapists need to enter into the workforce prepared to practice. However, entry-level practice in this setting has never been universally defined. The Acute Care Section assembled a panel of expert clinicians and educators from across the country to develop a document defining the specific knowledge, behaviors, and actions required of entry-level PTs to be safe and efficient in the acute care environment. These competencies are presented in 5 sections: clinical decision-making, an integral component of all of the sections; communication; safety; patient management; and discharge planning. These sections are interconnected, and entry-level physical therapists must be equally competent in each. This education session will inform clinicians, educators and students on this recently developed Acute Care Sections Entry-Level Skills in Acute Care consensus document. Members of the expert panel will discuss the process, outcome, and future implications for the document on student preparation and patient care.
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- Describe the knowledge, actions, and behaviors required of an entry-level physical therapist in acute care.
- Examine your own clinical education program’s ability to prepare students to meet entry-level practice expectations and identify areas of improvement, if needed.
- Assess your university curriculum for its ability to prepare students to meet entry-level practice expectations in acute care and identify areas of improvement, if needed.
- Self-evaluate your current knowledge, skills, and behaviors specific to the acute care setting and identify areas of further study needed to become competent for entry- level acute-care practice.
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