I am the first athletic trainer to ever be at Turkey Run High School. My transition has been quite the journey. The transition to being in charge, making decisions by myself, and proving myself are typical concerns of any entry level athletic trainer and I was prepared to deal with these aspects. However, I was not necessarily prepared for the comprehensive integration of all my athletic training knowledge and skills. A lot of effort, energy, and time went into developing the athletic training program. I can remember drafting emergency action plans, developing my own system for SOAP notes, creating athlete medical files, creating and defending a budget, building relationships and trust as well as educating about my the profession. Although all these things seem silly and easy now, I was not truly ready for this responsibility.
Looking back now I have many people to thank and advice to give for other transitioning professional. My biggest piece of advice is to remember that you are never alone. It does not matter whether you seek out previous mentors, preceptors, and professors or newly formed relationships, people are willing to help. The outreach and support of my fellow athletic trainers just shows how truly great the profession is. We are all in this together and working for the greater good.
Ashley Crossway LAT,ATC