Hi everyone! I'm going to be a Canadian occupational therapy student in September. I have limited exposure to healthcare (only 1 day in an inpatient mental health unit), and was wondering if I could ask you guys some questions:
1. Do you interact with OTs (and how often)? Do you feel like they're a teammate, or do they just do their stuff and leave?
2. What do nurses/doctors/patients generally think of occupational therapists? Are they well-regarded? On the mental health unit, I noticed that my OT wasn't very involved in the back-and-forth between doctors and nurses in their reports, and I wondered how much her input was valued or needed.
3. Is there anything I can do as an OT to avoid annoying patients, nurses, or any other healthcare professionals? I want to know what a "bad OT" looks like so I can avoid those actions.
Thank you so much, and sorry if this is in the wrong forum.