Saturday, November 10, 2007

Novmeber 2007 Minutes

Thanks to Cheryl and Kristin, our class of 2007 graduates, for their insightful information on becoming a Speech Language Pathologist. These girls graduated in the summer of 2007 and are currently doing their Clinical Fellowship. Kristin is in the hospital setting and Cheryl in the school setting. The girls were very informative and excited to share their experiences with us. Here is what we learned:

Kristin-Kristin works at two hospitals and her hours are from 8am to 7pm. Her setting also requires her to work some weekends and occasionally on holiday. Unfortunately, she has to work on thanksgiving L. Kristin has about 6 to 10 people on her caseload. About 75% of her caseload are swallowing, Dysphagia, patients. She also has patients with Dysarthria, and Cognitive/Language Delays. A typical day for Kristin includes seeing new orders, then treatment. Kristin says it is all about the patient’s, new order, and Medicaid billing.

Cheryl-Cheryl works for LA Country and her hours are from 8:30am to 3:00pm. She has approximately 65 clients on her caseload. (Don’t worry guys- this is not a typical caseload, it is because the school she works at is low on staff). She predominately works with students with language disorders. A typical day for Cheryl includes training, meetings, and IEP’s. Cheryl gets training in ASHA, KASA, PECS, and materials. Her training is paid for. Cheryl says it is all about the students, parents and productivity.

Both of these hard working girls receive benefits and pension plans.

So here is the hard question? How do we decide where to work? What has better benefits? What appeals to each and every one of us as individuals?
Her is a breakdown:

School Benefits:
Work less days
Less hours
Paid Training
Holidays off
Weekends off

Hospital Benefits:
Better pay
New challenges
Variety of Cases
Medical Miracles
Time and ½ for holidays
Less caseload

Follow Guidelines and Be Safe!!! Don’t get MASA (staff infection), don’t get bit, and don’t wait for answers.

You go from the learner to the expertYou make all the decisions.

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