Therapy Center Student News: Emily Bordelon, PTA

Emily Bordelon grew up in Hamburg, Louisiana and she recently graduated from Louisiana College on May 12, 2012. Here is what Emily had to say about her time with us during her clinical rotation.

Where did you complete your rotation with Therapy Center?
I completed my second rotation at the Hessmer nursing home, but I also had the opportunity to observe at Rio Sol, Valley View and Colonial nursing home.

Why did you choose the field you are studying in?
I knew that I always wanted to work in the medical field because I wanted to help people. The only problem is that I’m not a big fan of dealing with blood and needles so I needed to find something less graphic but still have a hands on approach. I was able to observe and work in an outpatient clinic which then made me realize that this is truly what I want to do for the rest of my life. I can still help others throughout their healing phase so they can return back to work/ADLs with less graphics. I love interacting with people and this would soon be a career that I could honestly say that I will love.

What is the biggest thing that you learned while on rotation with us?
The biggest thing I’ve learned would have to be documentation on Smart! Because I was taught to document on a SOAP method, it was a challenge to document according to the company’s and Medicare guidelines especially on a computer program. I did feel more comfortable with my documentation towards the end of my rotation. Also, I learned how to effectively treat and communicate specifically with the geriatrics which was a new learning experience for me.

Favorite part of working with Therapy Center staff:
I will definitely miss working with the Therapy Center staff! They are like  a big family and made me feel like I was a part of that family instead of just being a student! They made it a fun and positive atmosphere to work in. I loved the teamwork aspect they incorporate into their daily treatment with the collaboration of PT, OT and ST. They are an awesome crew to work with and I learned so much from all of them. They even convinced me to start my career here in the nursing home.

Hobbies/other areas of interest:
I love to cook especially any recipes by Paula Deen, walking, playing tennis and golf, being in the great outdoors, dancing, watching movies, photography, facebook, trying out new restaurants, big dog lover especially labs (I want one in each color), going to LSU/Saints games and spending time with family and friends.

Anything interesting about yourself that you want others to know:
I’ll be having a precious baby girl, Olivia Grace in September and I can’t wait to be a mother!

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