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10/22/2012

Fieldwork Level 1A: Application of Clinical Skills

In the Occupational Therapy curriculum we have a great oppurtunity to participate in fieldwork throughtout our professional years.  Since OT is a client centered practice, it is very important to understand how to work with a client and adjust to real individualize experiences.  In our first fieldwork course, we are learning to bring our knowledge from other classes into a practical clincal experience. The students set up a clinic format in our classroom and must decide the most appropriate workspace and activites.  This week we had our second meeting with our clients to monitor vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate.  We took vital signs before a physical activity, after the client was seated and 5 minutes after the client had time to rest.  Our first activity we had our entire section of the class dance to "Shout" and the "YMCA"! This was a lively way to get our clients going and they seemed to really have a lot of fun! Next my classmates and I set up smaller activities such as bean bag toss, bowling, golf and many other fun games.  Each time we monitored vital signs and made sure of ever clients saftey. I am so excited to have hands on experience built into the the USciences curriculum, I cannot wait until our next client activity day!

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