March 8th, 2013

Question about applying to a school system

Thinking about moving to the school setting once I get my CCC's. Couple of questions

-The salary for an SLP in my district is posted on their salary pay scale online. Is this negotiable? I am doubting it, but can I negotiate anything like benefits, money for CEU's etc, when applying directly to the district?

-If I decide to go through a staffing agency such as EBS or Progressus Therapy, will I still be qualified for the loan forgiveness that SLPs can get if they work 5 years in a high need school?

-For those of you who are employed to staffing agencies such as EBS or Progressus, do you have the option for paid time off? I heard you only get paid on the days you work. No work=no pay. Also, do you get benefits from them such as 401k and medical insurance?

Double Majoring?

Has anyone here double majored in CSD and Spanish? I think I want to do that but I don't know how far it will set me back. How much longer does it take to graduate or were you able to graduate on time? Anyone who has double majored in anything else could chime in also. I really love languages and I figured that in this field knowing a bit of Spanish could help. I actually love French more but it isn't very practical for this field. I would minor in Spanish but I want more Spanish experience. So do you guys think this is a good idea? 

SLP's and Graduate Clinician's-- Advice please?!!

I am in my last sem of grad school and one of my rotations is in a SNF. My supervisor is incredibly new to working with adults (she only started the job 1 1/2 weeks prior to my internship-- I was supposed to have another SLP who was promoted). She often says she is learning from me. Red flags went up when she didn't know what CVA, TIA, thrush were, or how to mix water to a honey-thickened consistency. It is very much "do as I say, not as I do". I completely understand as students we just have to do as our supervisors tell us. However, she is having me do OT and PT exercises with pts (teaching them to use a sock aid, and actually doing PT exercises lifting legs, counting reps and all!). To give a clear example, she had me talk with a pt during a co-treat with PT and OT to "fully educate" them on pressure sores and explain why standing was good for leg muscles. I am at a complete loss as to how this has ANYthing to do with SLP. She even said it was not her responsibility to educate on this topic, but she took it upon herself. Additionally, she wants me to "fully educate" pts on nutritional facts that I feel go beyond hydration and nutrition for dysphagia (e.g., protein in diet, calcium, osteoporosis, potassium, etc).

I am the type of person who will always ask for help when I don't understand something-- and as a grad student in my last semester, this is one of the last chances I will have to utilize the advice and help of my supervisor before being an indep. clinician. However, when I respond to questions (none of which I've been taught!) with "I'm not quite sure" or "I would need some help with that" I was told: "You need to stop making excuses when we're trying to learn. It was so upsetting and disheartening because I just want to learn but I do need some guidance on the way.

The QUESTION: I have the option to pull the placement at midterm since I have another placement as well. What would you all recommend doing? This placement is roughly an hour and a half away and I feel I am being somewhat taken advantage of with the COTA and the PTA's when I'M doing their 45 min session in the "co-treat". Additionally, I don't appreciate the feeling of being degraded by being told I'm making excuses when I say I dont know something and genuinely mean it. She did get defensive when I said that it was a hurtful comment-- I feel so confused as to what to do. I personally feel like I want to pull. I would love to hear anyone else's opinions/ if anyone else has been in this same boat.

Thanks so much!