About Nelson Marquez, PT, EdD

Nelson Marquez, PT, EdD, is physical therapy editor for Today in PT.

I’m stirring the waters for people of all abilities

Every year during the holidays, my blogs and editorials for TodayinPT.com have focused on asking the question, “What have you done lately?” and then sharing with readers the volunteer work and community-based activities that I have selected to engage in during the holiday season. This personal tradition has given […]

By |December 23rd, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

Let’s voice our opinions on mandatory continuing education hours

Although we have not entered a licensure renewal cycle for PTs and PTAs here in Florida, I have begun to actively plan where and how I will acquire 24 continuing education hours necessary for licensure renewal in 2017.

A national APTA conference is always at the top of my list. There […]

By |November 7th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||1 Comment

Listening from the sideline: What constitutes a quality life?

I am often consulted by physical therapists and PT assistants regarding patient treatments, difficult patient situations and ethical dilemmas in practice, to name a few scenarios. At times, I find myself arbitrating a disagreement between therapists who cannot agree on treatment philosophies.

A nursing home administrator once told me, “Sometimes […]

By |September 14th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

Once a PT, always a PT

Since I transitioned to academia several years ago, I am often asked if I still work as a PT. Clearly, those who are asking want to know if I remain involved in clinical practice. I have always responded by describing how I juggle my teaching schedule with working in […]

By |August 4th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||1 Comment

What characteristics make for a good leader or manager?

Aside from frustration with facility-specific policies and reimbursement processes, one of the frequently cited reasons why some of my PT friends would seek new employment is dissatisfaction with their supervisors. It’s not that they can’t get along with their supervisors. It’s that some of them feel their supervisors are poor leaders […]

Lessons from a pink flowering tree

A few months ago, I found myself mediating an argument between two physical therapists — Simoun, an orthopedic practitioner, and Rosa, a neurotherapist. Their argument was centered on whether patients who sustained neurologic insults, such as a CVA, can recover their functions. When I investigated how this argument began, […]

Bank visit leads to tutorial on robotics, healing touch

One Saturday morning, I stood in this long line of customers at a local bank. I was the 18th customer, standing in this maze of bends and curves that hid the part in the line ahead. I occupied myself by estimating how long it would take to get to […]

By |April 22nd, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

The winning hand

One of the social events organized by our recreational therapist seems to be our patients’ favorite: tabletop games. Patients look forward to this activity, scheduled every Wednesday afternoon. For this, the therapist divides the patients into small groups based on their interests. Some play Scrabble. Some play Monopoly. Others […]

By |March 11th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments

Therapists’ lost creativity: Can we find an antidote?

During my on-site visits to check on students’ progress during their clinical internships, I could not help but notice a consistent pattern among some of the therapists I observed.

In several of the skilled nursing facilities where my students were assigned for their clinical rotation, I observed that PTs and […]

By |February 12th, 2016|Categories: From the Editor||10 Comments

The glittered red ribbon

In September, I wrote a column titled, “A second bite at the apple,” which discussed whether PTs should accept gifts from patients or a patient’s family members. Reactions from readers were mixed. Some agreed PTs should not accept gifts because the practice could be perceived as causing a favorable […]

By |December 22nd, 2015|Categories: From the Editor||0 Comments
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