Writing is one of my coping strategies. One year ago, I got fed-up-to-here with pain-filled stories of suffering and injustice among my colleagues, so I responded by drafting a list of “Basic Rights for Healthcare Professionals.” Then I proceeded to record a pretty awful video of myself talking about them. I brought the video back out today as a kind of private anniversary moment, and it was painful to watch.
I was in my backyard and my neighbor was using a deafening chainsaw, but I was too stubborn to just hang it up for the day. I had to laugh at myself and was glad that not too many people had viewed it.
Despite its technically flawed delivery, I remain passionate about the Bill of Rights idea, and I still want your feedback. This time I’ll just let you read it and skip the video with the chainsaw soundtrack.
Basic Rights of OT Practitioners (a work in progress)
All certified/licensed occupational therapy practitioners deserve to be treated with respect and to practice with the autonomy conferred by our accrediting agencies and licensing boards. They have the right and responsibility to routinely and consistently:
1) Follow the standards of practice and codes of ethics of our profession.
2) Follow state and federal laws, such as those that mandate reporting suspected abuse and neglect of vulnerable clients, including fraudulent practices or documentation of services.
3) Work in conditions that routinely support basic physiological needs (i.e. flexible time to eat and use the restroom).
4) Be paid for their professional services, including documentation, evaluation interpretation and reporting, communicating with team members on behalf of the clients, and treatment planning.
5) Make clinical decisions in the service of their clients based on their professional expertise and reasoning, […]