Development of a New Graduate Mentorship Program: Keys to Success
Section: Home Health Section
Session Code: HH-2A-3866
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Hilton Riverside
Room: River

Speaker(s):   Michele Berman, PT, DPT, MS
  Paula DeLorm, PT, DPT, CEEAA
  Nikki Gilroy, PT, DPT
  Kenneth Miller, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA
  Stephanie Miller, MSPT, PMP

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

A common myth in home health is that a physical therapist must have 1-2 years of work experience before working in this practice setting. A new graduate brings many great assets, including current best practices, to any organization. Challenges when hiring new graduates or graduates with limited experience are selecting the right candidates and providing a structured mentoring program to promote development of clinical decision making. The New Graduate Mentorship Program was developed to foster new graduates to seek employ in home health and for home health agencies to expand employment pools to new graduates. The overarching goal is to increase employment in home health to meet the demand as care shifts to the home. By providing tools for appropriate candidate selection and on-boarding tools for integration, the new graduate will develop clinical decision-making skills necessary for their success and the success of the organization and provide evidenced-based, best practice for the patients served.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Identify employee character traits to fit with agency mission and values.

2. Describe interview questions to select candidates to demonstrate desired character traits.

3. Compose a process and timeline for effectively training the newly graduated physical therapist.

4. Apply tools for agencies to support top-quality performance.

CEU: 0.2

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