Recently, the physical therapist social media world has been a buzz with #SolvePT. I added my thoughts on this in a separate post. This movement made me reflect on a Ted Video I watched and enjoyed recently. It got me thinking and it spawned this week's thought.
Inspired by the video below by Brene Brown, we need vulnerability to connect. I believe the recent #SolvePT is a nice illustration of connection, albeit virtual, happening within the physical therapy profession. Now, taking the leap to join social media, and then leaping into the conversation means putting yourself out there in a virtual, but very real sense. It means expressing thoughts, views, and ideas. Ideas the world and other PT's can read (and critique!). It is social media vulnerability, but we need it to truly connect.
Now, what about in real life; what about the patients we serve? Many, if not all, come to us in vulnerable circumstances. Sharing their stories, their illness narratives, they are vulnerable. Are we, individually and collectively, creating an environment that welcomes and nurtures vulnerability in order to facilitate connection, understanding, and transformation?
You need vulnerability to connect. What can we do better in our personal and professional lives? Individually and collectively? What can we do better in education of our students and patients?
Dr. Kyle Ridgeway, PT, DPT enjoys the color purple and is an advocate of Tigers. Early in his career he practiced in an outpatient clinic (small private practice), academic hospital (in-patient), and long term acute care hospital. He treated within the confines of a randomized control trial investigating early intensive physical therapy with patients who are critically ill and require mechanical ventilation. Currently, he practices at University of Colorado Hospital where he also assists with program design and data collection. Kyle is now the coordinator of a medical ICU physical therapy quality improvement project at UCH.