Rehab Director Stephanie Gougenheim, PT graduated in May 2014 from Texas Women’s University in Houston. After graduation she was looking for opportunities outside the Houston area, where commutes could reach an hour or more. So when her husband was offered a job in Schuyler, Nebraska (population 6,200) she was willing to consider the move. Cut to Stephanie landing her first director-level job and a home in nearby Columbus, Nebraska (population 30,000).
Here’s something your professors, mentors and clinical instructors may not think to tell you: preparation for a well-rounded resume should start well before you graduate. Yes, in addition to long classes, late nights studying, exams and clinicals, you also need to think about what your cumulative college experience “says” to hiring managers.
Aimee Wagner, OT sees every diagnosis that comes through her therapy department and works across inpatient, outpatient and home health settings. Aimee sees a lot of CVA/stroke patients, but even as the sole OT it’s a rare opportunity to treat a patient recovering from stroke through the whole gamut of therapy.
When a patient is admitted to our hospital after a fairly significant stroke, they may leave after the initial few weeks of acute therapy and go directly into a specialized rehab center where they receive more intensive therapy. Occasionally we will see a patient who has suffered a stroke from beginning to end.
Stacy Ashley Murphy
When leadership opportunities become available, RehabVisions is committed to looking from within our own employee base first for candidates. We’ve been successful in the past couple of years in promoting for many opportunities. Director of Operations Steve Kinkead, SLP said he thinks it speaks to the quality of our people. “It shows the importance of upper management getting to know our staff therapists so they can appreciate and recognize the strengths they bring to their positions,” he said. “I’ve been lucky. I’ve had some great people to promote.”
Area Manager Jean Herauf, SLP has 30+ years’ experience, more than 20 of them with RehabVisions. Collaborative care between all therapy disciplines plays an important role in the success of her outpatient clinic in Dickinson, North Dakota. We asked her to share advice on developing and sustaining a collaborative model for interdisciplinary patient care teams.
Hire the Right Staff
This can be challenging, as it’s sometimes difficult to find staff, let alone those with the passion, spirit and communication skills we’re looking for. I’ve learned that it’s better to wait for the right person rather than bring someone on the team who disrupts the flow of trust and support.