Coronavirus (COVID-19) has affected healthcare students throughout the country and their anticipated graduation dates. Occupational therapy students are required to complete 24 weeks of fieldwork experience. As a result of the effects of COVID-19, many occupational therapy students have been displaced from their fieldwork sites. Current policy states that occupational therapy students are to complete their fieldwork experience and then may take the National Board Certification of Occupation Therapy (NBCOT) Exam. Once students complete their fieldwork and pass the NBCOT, they are eligible to apply for state licensure.
Occupational therapy students are requesting that NBCOT allow students to sit for the NBCOT Exam before completing fieldwork experience. This allows students to prepare for the exam during this time off while displaced from fieldwork. Students are not requesting to be licensed prior to completing fieldwork, they are asking to sit for the exam and receive licensure once fieldwork has been completed. Research suggests that students have higher passing rates when they take standardized board exams closer to the end of their academic course work. Research further reveals that there is a negative relationship between a greater time frame from the end of academic coursework and NBCOT scores.
The New York State Department of Higher Education declared they will exempt prospective educators in education preparation programs (EPPs) from completing certification exams should testing centers remain closed after May 1 as a result of COVID-19. They suggest that first-year employers provide additional learning opportunities and mentorship. Although occupational therapy students are not asking to be exempt from the NBCOT, they are requesting that accommodations be made to sit for the exam prior to fieldwork completion and licensure be granted once fieldwork has been completed.
Students in the occupational therapy field hope that NBCOT follows other professional councils in assisting students to meet their professional goals in the midst of COVID-19. This allowance expedites the number of occupational therapists present in the field once students have completed fieldwork requirements. Occupational therapists are vital during this pandemic as many physical and mental health barriers have developed and continue to develop as a result of COVID-19. Occupational therapy students are eager to enter the healthcare industry, participate in COVID-19 relief programs, and promote self-efficacy in all individuals.Read more
Since the outcome of the EU referendum, Anna Soubry MP has ignored her constituency who voted to Leave the EU. She has campaigned against Brexit, and now acknowledging the result, she is actively trying to thwart the outcome of the Brexit negotiations. Together with Dominic Grieve, Ken Clarke, Antoinette Sandbach, Nicky Morgan, Stephen Hammond, Heidi Allen, Sarah Wollaston, Bob Neil, Jonathan Djanogly and Sir Oliver Heald, she has voted for a change in the law which will give them a veto on the final deal negotiated by the Prime Minister. This could destabilize the government and put Jeremy Corbyn into No. 10. Ms Soubry and these other rebels are betraying their leader, and the 17.4 Million people who have voted for Brexit. Ms. Soubry attacks the government at any opportunity she has, and continues to rally against what the electorate voted for. If this is the game she wants to play, she should realise that there are many angry voters who actually employ her as their representative in Parliament. It is the people that are sovereign, and the voted MP's are actually sitting in Parliament. Ms Soubry and the above are elected representatives, and they are going against what was voted for.
We feel that Anna Soubry is abusing such a position, and this is clear in her anger and resentment towards leaving the European Union. Her attempt, with her colleagues to keep us as close to EU laws is not what we have voted for. We have voted to take control of our own laws and borders, and to trade with the EU, not stay tied to them. Anna Soubry has her own reasons, but that is what they are, not the views of the electorate who in the largest turnout in many years have voted to leave the EU, and for this reason we are calling for her deselection, along with those other mp's who are going against the government rather than working with them. When the EU referendum was first announced by then Prime Minister, David Cameron, we were told that no one, no MP, or the government could change the result of the vote. We object to Anna Soubry and her colleagues for trying to prevent or and keep us as close to the EU as they can.Read more
the English Premier League (EPL) takeover process and Richard Masters who was fundamental in consortium withdrew their interest with one of the key reasons being the "Prolonged Process". This confidential process, much of it was played out in the public domain and by the end of the Newcastle UnitedRead more
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Danny Masterson was let go from Netflix without due process of the law. There are a lot of false should be presumed guilty without due process of the law. We can fight together and really make a change here.Read more
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