||Kayla Keckeisen, SPT
The following candidate statement was written prior to Kayla's election as president of the Student Assembly Board of Directors.
My University seal is inscribed with the phrase: "Wisdom has built herself a home." To become wise clinicians who are innovative and forward thinking we must seek out resources and experiences beyond the classroom. Consistent with this theme, is my goal to increase student interprofessional communication, improve awareness of mentorship and specialization opportunities, and promote professional advocacy to build a wise foundation in our pursuit of physical therapy.
Developing an understanding of other healthcare roles can better prepare us to serve on interprofessional healthcare teams. I will work to provide a platform for easy collaboration among physical therapy students and other pertinent health professions by expanding the reach of The Loop Communication Network, utilizing APTA Communities and creating LinkedIn Forums. By featuring APTA sections we can increase awareness of mentorship and specialization opportunities. Section membership allows us network with specialty physical therapists and hone in on fields of interest. Furthermore, I will work to promote advocacy through the use of the APTA action app. It is information at our fingertips and a simple way to make a large impact in patient care. Overall, it is my vision for us to collaborate, be mentored and gain specialty knowledge giving us the confidence to effectively advocate for our patients and our profession.
Over the past year, I enhanced my leadership skills in communication, time management and innovation during various leadership roles. I promoted involvement and advocacy as APTA class liaison, created marketing plans on the NSC Planning Committee and coordinated professional development activities as KPTA SSIG Secretary. If given the opportunity to serve as SABoD President, I will be enthusiastic, reliable, and transparent with our efforts to enhance the student experience. I am easily approachable and eager to hear the needs and goals of the Student Assembly. In the words of Tom Peters, "Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders." We all have the potential to lead and I am dedicated to empowering our generation to exponentially grow our profession.
We have a wonderful career ahead of us that not only requires competency in our skills, but wisdom in our decisions. Wisdom is not a destination, but a journey. My passion lies in knowing that I have the skill set to inspire already excited students to be creative and innovative in their pursuit of physical therapy. My goal is that we will be wise in our treatment, consistently pursue knowledge and boldly advocate for our profession and never provide anything less than optimal patient care. I would be honored to serve on the Student Assembly Board of Directors as your President and help "Wisdom build herself a home" in your academic and professional career.