The Value of Effective Onboarding 
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Jillian Keeler
1y ago
By Marisa A. Colston, PhD, ATC  Introducing newly hired athletic trainers to the expectations, behaviors, and culture of the organization may be a good definition of onboarding; however, the process of onboarding goes well beyond the definition. An effective onboarding experience should involve the human resources office, although that is just the tip of the iceberg. Accountability for this process lies primarily with the hiring manager, who in turn, should ensure that the whole company is engaged. When a comprehensive, inclusive, and ongoing experience occurs, employees become bonded to ..read more
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Summer Camps: Money vs Liability
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Jillian Keeler
1y ago
By Melanie Lynn, MS, ATC/L, NASM-PES, OPE-C   As athletic trainers, the summer months can mean down time with no in-season sports or a way to earn extra money through summer camps.   Summer camps can be great for the extra funds, but does it outweigh the liability you may be taking on to cover these events?  Depending on the setting you are in or the type of summer camp, it may be up to you to acquire your own liability insurance for camp coverage.  Even if your employer is covering your liability, it might be wise to find out how much it covers and what ..read more
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Made to Order Patient-Centered Care
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Jillian Keeler
1y ago
“Made to order” restaurants are my preferred establishments. Why? Because I’m picky! Please don’t put mustard on my sandwich. I understand the chef probably added mustard to add to the flavor profile, and she is the expert, but I really won’t eat it if there’s mustard. What good is a perfectly balanced sandwich if it is thrown away? We can look at how we treat patients in the same light. As much as I dislike patients telling me what treatments they want (“Can I have ice and stim?”), their perspective matters. And with an increase in diversity in our communities, the challenge grows. If we are ..read more
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Educated for Success
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Jillian Keeler
1y ago
There is no question that this past year has been challenging for everyone.  Many Athletic Trainers (ATs) likely found themselves confronted with job tasks and descriptions more aligned with public health than providing traditional athletic training services. Fortunately, ATs excel at adapting. This past year has been filled with example that demonstrate our versatility and willingness to step into new roles as needed. When the pandemic came to our state, I transitioned into symptom screenings at the hospital of my employment.  One of the most challenging aspects of screeni ..read more
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Compliance vs Values Orientation: Is There a Difference?
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Jillian Keeler
1y ago
Marisa A. Colston, PhD, ATC and Gretchen Schlabach, PhD, ATC   The NATA Professional Responsibility in Athletic Training (PRAT) Committee received support from the NATA Board of Directors to identify shared professional values (PV) among NATA members. To date, unlike many other healthcare professional organizations, members of the NATA do not have shared PV. Our members must abide by and be mindful of the numerous legal, ethical and regulatory (LER) statutes, principles, and rules of professional practice in athletic training (aka, compliance orientation). While this form of orientation s ..read more
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Complications and Opportunities
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Jillian Keeler
1y ago
The week of March 9, 2020 started with all of the U.S. fairly aware of the ensuing situation regarding the Cornavirus, aka COVID-19.  I do not believe that any of us could have been prepared for how the week would end…canceling of pro, college and high school athletics, shutting down of schools, restriction of flights, a heightened awareness of COVID-19 and a new found endearment for toilet paper. The experts have told us all to stay home, separate ourselves from our regular sequence of daily living activities due to the now pandemic of COVID-19, in order to flatten the curve and dec ..read more
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Asking for Help Isn't Taboo
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Jillian Keeler
1y ago
Asking for Help Isn’t Taboo Elizabeth A Bell, MS, LAT, ATC Macon Community Hospital  In a world where we are all constantly “connected” to each other, sometimes it can really feel like we are completely alone. Various settings in athletic training may leave some of us in a team of one, feeling like we have no support from others in our profession. It is important to know that if you are feeling secluded and unsupported, there are ways to reach out for a helping hand and to get mental support. Maybe you do not even recognize that you may be in need of talking to someone, you just know tha ..read more
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Practice-Based Evidence
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Marisa Colston
1y ago
Practice-Based Evidence Marisa A. Colston, PhD, ATC University of Tennessee at Chattanooga   Do the majority of research articles you read significantly contribute to your daily clinical decision making with individual patients?   The statistics on the number of published articles in health care are astounding. If you are overwhelmed by the amount of evidence, the good news is that most of it can be ignored.  The reported number of articles to find one that is valid and relevant is 400, but to find these gems, we need to use the evidence more critically. Profound ..read more
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What Does Whistleblowing Mean to You?
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Marisa Colston
1y ago
Clinical care that opposes patients’ best interests is concerning and problematic. Unethical or unlawful practices compromise patient care and negatively impacts the athletic training profession, both of which violate the NATA Code of Ethics.  As we uphold the Code of Ethics and the BOC Standards of Professional Practice, we are agreeing to report damaging practice in the interest of our patients and to maintain the social contract athletic trainers have with society. In this contract, in exchange for the privilege of providing health care to patients, we uphold public trust through ..read more
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Cultural Competency
Tennessee Athletic Trainers Society
by Marisa Colston
1y ago
Cultural Competency Marisa A. Colston, PhD, ATC & Shewanee Howard-Baptiste, PhD The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Department of Health and Human Performance Race, ethnicity, religion, language, foods, belief system and other characteristics often define culture. Yet culture can be viewed on a continuum, meaning no one event, group of people, or identifier defines any one culture. No person has the exact same experience as another, therefore as healthcare professionals we should be mindful that cultures, histories, and experiences vary in meaning for each individual. Cultural comp ..read more
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