Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Students Gather Donations for Joplin

PT students from Rockhurst University joined students from other midwest PT programs in gathering donations to help the people in Joplin, Missouri who are still recovering from an EF-5 tornado in May.

Under the direction of second year student Kati Mayer, they raised $315 in cash along with two car loads of adult and children clothing, non-perishable food, books, children's toys, hygiene products, pillows, blankets, paper towels, and toilet paper.

The students coordinated their efforts with students in the PT program at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri who coordinated the effort.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Students Help Joplin Cleanup Efforts

It's been over two months since an EF-5 tornado tore through Joplin, Missouri but the cleanup still continues.

On Saturday, July 23rd, 16 Rockhurst University PT students (12 second year and 4 first year) spent the day in Joplin as part of the tornado disaster relief effort. The students arrived in a large parking lot and were taken up to a site in town to work. They worked at the site, making piles of debris (wood, branches, house materials, metal, etc.) for dump trucks to come pick up at a later time.

They were served hotdogs and sandwiches at a local church at noon and then worked until 3:00 in the afternoon continuing to pile up debris. Scattered among the debris they reported finding items like children's blankets, stuffed animals, pictures, recipes, and even a neuro text book!

At 3:00, they were taken by bus back to the parking lot and headed back to KC. Many thanks to these students for their service to a community in need.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Students Participate in White Coat Ceremony

Members of the PT Class of 2012 marked their transition from classwork to full-time clinical internships by participating in a White Coat Ceremony on Thursday, May 12, 2011 in Mabee Theater on the Rockhurst campus.

The White Coat Ceremony is a ritual in many physical therapy schools that marks a student's transition from the study of preclinical to clinical health sciences. The ceremony typically involves a formal "robing" or "cloaking" of students in white coats, signifying their transition from the basic science and academic portion of their education to their clinical studies.
In his brief remarks to open the program, PT Department Chair Brian McKiernan, PT, PhD, stated, "The white coat signals a transition, but it is a symbol of transformation." Reflecting on the two years of classwork that the students had already completed, he observed that, "Having gotten a good handle on the science of healing you will now be given your white coat and challenged to learn the art of caring."

After receiving their white coats, the Class of 2012 recited the Model Oath for Physical Therapy (adopted by the APTA Section on Education in February 2004):

"As I enter the profession to practice as a physical therapist, I solemnly and willingly pledge the following:
  • I will respect the rights and dignity of all individuals and will provide compassionate care.
  • I will be trustworthy towards my patients and clients and in all other aspects of physical therapy practice.   
  • I will place the welfare of my patients and clients above my own self-interest.
  • I will provide accurate and relevant information to patients and clients about their care and to the public about physical therapy services.
  • I will exercise sound judgment and comply with laws and regulations that govern physical therapy and protect the public from unethical, incompetent, and illegal acts
  • I will maintain professional competence and promote high standards for physical therapy practice, education, and research.
  • I will address the health needs of society and strive to effect changes that benefit patients, clients, and the community.
  • I will respect the rights, knowledge, and skills of colleagues and other health care professionals and seek consultation whenever the welfare of the patient or client may be advanced.
Thus, with this oath, I freely accept the responsibilities that accompany the practice of physical therapy."

Rockhurst PT Class of 2012