It's not just about energy or engagement—it's about what you do with those qualities. The enterprising PT builds on her or his commitment to the profession to move things along, and maybe even shake them up a little. Chapter 2 of the Transformation series looks at how the enterprising PT is part collaborator, part innovator, and part entrepreneur.
The PT as Innovator
Innovation in physical therapy happens every day, in both big and small ways. Part of the innovation happening in the profession has to do with the pace at which the health care environment is changing, but another part has to do with the creative nature of the profession itself.
The PT as Collaborator
Make no mistake: "collaboration" isn't a health care buzzword. It's nearly as deeply woven into health care reform concepts as terms such as "value-based services" and "patient-centered treatment." And while PTs are among the professionals who tend to be familiar with collaboration in health care, the ground rules are changing fast.
The PT as Entrepreneur
Being an entrepreneur requires maintaining a special kind of consciousness about how you are perceived and how you assess risk. Neither of these qualities are the sole domain of the PT in private practice: not matter the setting, the enterprising PT needs to rely on entrepreneurial qualities to keep her or his work—and the profession as a whole—vibrant.
The professional physical therapist must be able to cut through the confusion to understand the main issues that are most directly affecting her or his practice right now, to see what's coming down the road, and prepare for the changing environment.
This article is a part of APTA's "Profession in Transformation" series. Check it out!