Challenges of Being an Occupational Therapist

April 4, 2024
Janelle Thomas MSN, RN
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As occupational therapists, you play a crucial role in helping people with physical, mental, or developmental challenges. Your work in promoting independence and improving quality of life is truly impressive. Yet, like any job, being an occupational therapist has its own set of challenges.

1. Heavy Workload and Time Management

We know the drill all too well: balancing a packed schedule with multiple clients, mountains of paperwork, and endless administrative tasks. This challenge can push anyone towards burnout, affecting the quality of the care you're so passionate about providing.

With former therapists in leadership positions at Care Options for Kids, we're all too familiar with these hurdles. That's why we have dedicated support and technology solutions to take some of these burdens off your shoulders — handling insurance, authorizations, scheduling, and more. This approach allows our team to focus more on their clients. It's always a good idea to explore options with your employer to ease the administrative load and ensure you can devote your energy to what you do best.

2. Emotional and Mental Fatigue

As occupational therapists, you're deeply immersed in the lives of those facing significant challenges. The emotional depth of this work, while rewarding, can sometimes lead to feelings of exhaustion and burnout. It's a common experience, shared quietly among many in our field.

At Care Options for Kids, we understand the power of connection and support. That’s why we’ve created small, close-knit communities — think of them as therapy pods — among our therapists. These pods provide a space for our team to connect, share experiences, and support each other more personally and meaningfully. They ensure they don’t face the challenges alone but within a community that understands and shares their commitment to making a difference.

Finding space to breathe and share is crucial. Consider organizing regular check-ins or supervision sessions within your therapy community, creating a safe place to unload, share challenging moments, and gather collective wisdom.

3. Limited Resources and Budget Constraints

As an occupational therapist, you work with limited resources and budget constraints, which hinder your ability to provide optimal care. Care Options for Kids leverages our network to ensure you can access the latest tools and equipment, empowering you to deliver the best possible care to your patients. We also encourage therapists like you to be resourceful and creative in finding alternative solutions when faced with limitations, fostering a culture of innovation within the team.

4. Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Being an occupational therapist means collaborating with professionals from various disciplines to ensure holistic patient care. However, effective interdisciplinary collaboration can be challenging due to differences in communication styles, priorities, and perspectives. 

5. Evolving Healthcare Policies and Regulations

Occupational therapists like yourself must keep up with changing healthcare policies and regulations. Compliance is crucial for maintaining the quality of care and avoiding legal issues. You will face many challenges in your noble pursuit of improving the lives of others. 

Join the Care Options For Kids Team!

Are you ready for meaningful work that comes with benefits and not burnout? Join the compassionate care team that helps children and families live their best lives. Our clinicians provide best-in-class pediatric nursing, therapy, and school-based services. We bring individualized care to children where they live, work, and play. We have opportunities in homes, schools, and clinics across the country.

Apply at Care Options for Kids now. We make it easy to start so you can make a difference as soon as possible.