Thursday, January 31, 2013
In my professional life, I'm smack in the middle of what they call a "learning curve."
I've accepted a speech therapy job in geriatric home health care. For the last 10+ years I have worked in pediatric speech therapy, age birth to three. I kept my "toe in the water" so to speak with adults, doing a little bit of PRN work at skilled nursing facilities with geriatric patients, but any skill or expertise I have developed in my career has been in the pediatric world.
I am now fully entrenched in an entirely different world, and the aforementioned learning curve is a bit humbling. Where I was once the "seasoned" therapist that other Speech Pathologists would come to for advice and help...now I am very much the rookie, looking for those willing mentors.
My saving grace in the midst of challenging work days has been the absolute beauty of the area where I work. God bless Georgia. I can drive around a sharp corner and come upon such stunning vistas. Green meadows. Old red barns. Mountain peaks in the distance. Cattle grazing.... which inevitably brings to mind Psalm 50:10 "...for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills."
In the midst of a 20 mile drive from one patient to the next, God uses His creation to calm this daughter. All that beauty somehow translates to comfort for my heart.
Since I can't stop in the middle of twisting, turning, rural Georgia roads I don't often get a chance to take pictures. But this farm was directly across the street from an old country church where I had parked to make some phone calls and do some paperwork. These guys wandered over to the fence like they were posing for me.
Between You and Me had this to say:
It's hard being the newbie on a job that is stretching you beyond your comfort zone.
The good news is, you're awesome at what you do, and it'll be no time before you're a PRO at working with older people.
I was a social worker in a nursing home, so the elderly are right up my alley. Give me older over younger ANY day of the week. :)
- January 31, 2013 at 5:54 PM
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