A STORY FROM CASE MANAGER- PAT HULEC
I began working with a new, young client about 3 years ago. She had recovered from the physical injury, a gunshot wound, but developed prolonged Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression. She and her psychologist believed she was ready to "return to the living". She hadn't combed her hair in a year. I gave her two choices for work adjustment locations. She visited both and chose Townsend.
WORK ADJUSTMENT HELPS INJURED WORKERS ADAPT TO NEW ENVIRONMENTS
At Townsend, she completed 12 weeks of work adjustment. Work adjustment gave her the opportunity to adjust to getting out, keeping a schedule and returning to a normal routine which included being around others including strangers. I have to give great big giant kudos to Townsend. They were of immense benefit working with the anxiety. While at Townsend, they recognized and fostered her talent, leadership skills and smarts.
VOCATIONAL EVALUATION IDENTIFIES POTENTIAL
After work adjustment, she worked with another vocational professional completing a vocational evaluation. The vocational evaluation identified how bright she is and a recommendation for advanced training was obtained. A career counselor provided guidance in identifying a new career path. The right path for her was in health care. Ultimately, she was provided support for LPN training. Even though she clearly had the ability to achieve RN, BSN, she agreed and pursued License Practical Nurse training because of the time limits of training.
TRAINING IN OHIO VOC REHAB PROGRAMS
I went with her to help her sign up for her classes. A few weeks later I met with her. She told me she had made a friend! It was awesome. She ultimately gathered a group of high achieving single women around her as a study group. She became their leader and is still connected with them today. She earned nearly straight A's, was elected the student representative for the Ohio Board of Nursing, and was the valedictorian speaker at commencements.
JOB PLACEMENT WITH A DEGREE
After her degree, she worked with a job placement specialist. She began work this month as an LPN and plans to continue her education. She has the ability to earn a Master's Degree in Nursing and will most certainly advance into a management role of some sort. I am preparing to close her case...maybe today!
“The right service at the right time with the right professional is critical to success. Vocational rehabilitation is so much more than job search- it is a collaborative effort to achieve job readiness. It is the Vocational Rehabilitation Case Manager who pulls it all together.” Pat Hulec