Philosophy Statement

Topics: Health care, Patient, Health care provider Pages: 2 (746 words) Published: January 6, 2013
Philosophy Statement
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Having empathy is a very useful tool in the health care industry. Throughout my career as an occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist assistant I will encounter clients, supervisors and colleagues with different thoughts, personality traits, beliefs, opinions and religious backgrounds. I will always regard others thoughts, feelings and beliefs when treating or working with them as I would expect the same courtesy in return.

I believe that a patient should be included in any conversations that involve them, unless it is not in their best interest. I believe it is offensive for a patient to hear a conversation about them in which they are not included. As an OTA and PTA it is my duty to address any changes in condition with the therapist in a private setting and then fill the patient in on the details when given permission to do so. This will help put the patient at ease if they are included in the conversation.

I believe that when working with my supervisor it is important to show respect and professionalism. If a situation should arise where I felt that my supervisor was not performing a treatment safely I would approach my supervisor in private and discuss my concerns with what I witnessed. I would like my supervisor to discuss any concerns they have with work I am performing in a private and calm manner and therefore I will always maintain professionalism and respect touchy issues with privacy when interacting with supervisors.

I believe that when working with colleagues I have a great opportunity to share learning experiences and knowledge. If a colleague had a question to ask me regarding a clients treatment program I believe it is important to answer the question to the best of my ability or find other sources to answer the question. I believe it is important to work together to treat clients and to share my knowledge with other colleagues in order to...
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