As an ATS a sophomore, I feel the least confident in my evaluation skills. I still get confused on the different tests and on everything that I need to do. I over think my evals, which causes me to be less confident. This is something that I am working really hard on. With each practical I take, I become more and more comfortable with the evaluation process, but I am still over thinking. However, I am over thinking less with each one. On the bright side, I am very comfortable with taping. When I have to tape an ankle, toe, etc. I am very confident and secure in knowing I will do a great job! Along with taping, I also feel very confident in my ability to apply stim and ultrasound, as well as give massages.
Recently a patient came in the clinic for a recently sprained ankle. They were complaining of pain and they had some noticeable swelling. They came in post-practice, so I asked them to lay back on the table and I hooked them up to the game-ready and the compression sleeve. I decided on this because the cold would help with the pain and the compression would help push the swelling out of the ankle. To assess the outcome, I can ask them what their pain is on a scale of 1-10 before and after the treatment. I can also look and palpate the swelling before and after the treatment to feel/see the difference.
Now that I am starting to have more and more practicals in my classes I am quickly progressing in my clinical packet! I am meeting my goal for attempts, but my goal for masteries isn't quite meeting my goal. Meeting my masteries per week is something that I am trying to focus more on. To improve on this I think that it would benefit me to pay closer attention to what is actually in my clinical packet that way I can make more masteries in things that are covered almost daily that I have missed.