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Membership Benefits Include:

  • Employment Opportunity Connections
  • Free & Discounted Continuing Education Opportunities
  • Access to Networking Events
  • Regulatory & Legislative Updates
  • Advocacy Opportunities

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Upcoming events

2019 AOTA Annual Conference & Expo

Come check out the largest gathering of occupational therapy professionals in the world!

April 7, 2019 - April 9, 2018

900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130

Filled with the latest products and gadgets, as well research presentations and exceptional speakers, and all taking place this year in the Big Easy, New Orleans.

Click here for more information.

NOTA Annual Conference 2019

Looking Through the Lens of Mental Health: Therapeutic Impact of OT

June 1, 2019

Henderson Convention Center

200 S Water Street

Henderson, NV 89015

Time & Pricing TBD

More details coming soon!

Continuing Ed Opportunities

More opportunities coming soon!

NOTA Scholarships

NOTA is excited to introduced scholarships as a member benefit.  

Four $500 scholarships will be awarded to:

  • One COTA student.
  • One Masters-level OTR student.
  • Two doctorate level students.  Those eligible include:  entry-level OTD, post-professional OTD, and PhD students.  Full-time faculty and NOTA board members are ineligible.

Applications are due

March 8, 2019, 11:59PM PST

Click here for the scholarship application:

NOTA scholarship application 2019.docx

NOTA News

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Increase your company's visibility and become a sponsor of the 2019 NOTA Conference today!

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2019 NOTA Conference Award Nominations

Recognize your friends and colleagues for their hard work and dedication to the care of the community!

Awards will be presented the day of the conference.

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Introducing the Employment Opportunities Page

Are you an OT looking for job opportunities? Check out our new Employment Opportunities page for listings

Interested in posting jobs with us? Join us as a Corporate Member today!

Research Surveys

Help some fellow OTs with their research by participating in these surveys!

Differentiation and Screening for Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Occupational Therapy Practice

This survey consists of 23 questions and should take about 8 minutes of your time to help with a research project out of Huntington University.


Sexuality in Older Adults

Research study on OT practitioners' knowledge, attitudes, and  beliefs about sexuality in older adults from students at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Mobility Equipment & Assitive Tech Services, Southern NV

Only a 9 question survey looking at satisfaction with these services in southern Nevada.

Member Spotlight

John Rider, MS, OTR/L, CEAS

1) What is your current/past OT role?
I began my career working in rural Southern Nevada and Arizona. I rotated between a skilled nursing facility, regional hospital, outpatient clinic and home health and hospice on a daily basis. It was very challenging and very rewarding. I was able to experience the entire continuum of care with many of my patients. Not many therapists have the opportunity to evaluate a patient in the ICU, treat them in the SNF, see them in their home environment with home health and then discharge them from outpatient. I was able to see real progress and witness my patients from the onset of injury, throughout the rehabilitation process and back to daily independence. I worked as a DOR for a small skilled nursing facility and found out quickly that I did not enjoy the management side of things and prefer direct patient care. Later I started working with a private school and loved this setting. I see myself returning to the school district later in my career. I also do ergonomic evaluations for a few orthopedic physicians and love this part of my practice. I found a passion for educating and mentoring after becoming a level 1 and 2 fieldwork educator and teaching as an adjunct professor at Touro University Nevada. Currently I am an assistant professor at Touro University Nevada and work in home health and hand therapy part-time. My future goal is to work in primary care and help establish this as a practice area in Southern Nevada.
2) What is your advice for new grads?
My biggest advice for new grads is to keep learning. We can't learn everything in OT school and we are in a profession that is constantly evolving. New practice areas are emerging, research is showing the power of occupational therapy in all settings, and we are learning more about how we can make the most of our limited time with our patients. As a new grad it seemed overwhelming to keep up with all the new evidence. I realized that I couldn't do it all and I had to find ways to keep progressing as a practitioner while maintaining a work-life balance. I suggest setting up a monthly journal club with another practitioner, going to the free NOTA workshops, or working with a mentor. These are simple and straightforward ways to keep up with current evidence and improve your clinical skills. I also believe strongly that professional progression is a powerful tool in combating burnout. Reading new research and improving your clinical skills is a great way to reignite the passion that drove you to pursue this great profession.
3) what is your proudest moment or greatest accomplishment as an OT?
I don't think that I have a specific moment. One company I worked for gave patients the option of writing down their "Success Story" upon discharge. I kept all the stories of patients that were able to resume occupations they loved because of their time in occupational therapy. I look at these often to remind me the power I have as an occupational therapist to improve the lives of others. I love this profession and all that it offers. I will say that one of my favorite things is when I get to use my OT knowledge to help family and friends outside of work. I use my OT skills on a daily basis with my 4 kids and I have also been able to help my grandparents after CVA's, my Mom after joint replacement surgery, my sister with BPPV, and the list goes on.

My greatest accomplishment is actually finishing OT school. I put OT school off for 2 years after my undergraduate education because I couldn't take anatomy with a cadaver. I am not ashamed to admit it but cadavers freaked me out! I had nightmares about them every time I tried to enroll in an anatomy course. I had all the pre-requisite courses done except anatomy. At that time I was an ASL interpreter, had a BA in Deaf Studies/Linguistics and was working full-time. Even though I knew I wanted to be an OT, I didn't think I could ever pass anatomy or get near a cadaver. For about a year I contemplated staying where I was and working as an interpreter. Some of you that know me may laugh at this now, but it is true. My wife will attest to this. We had many discussions about my fear of cadavers and I even contacted mulitple schools to see if they would accept anatomy without cadaver experiences. It was very difficult for me to take anatomy in undergrad but I did it and found that I loved learning about the body. Strange as it may seem, I now teach the anatomy course at Touro University Nevada for the first year OT students. I do not love working with the cadavers (but I recognize the value they add to our education) and you could not pay me enough money to ever flip one over, but I love learning about our amazing bodies and sharing that knowledge with new OT students. I hope to offer some "Anatomy Refresher" courses through NOTA in the near future. Don't worry though, I have a lot of teaching tools that don't require cadavers, if you aren't too fond of working with them either. :)


Thank you Johnny, for sharing your wealth of knowledge and signing skills with the OT community in Nevada.

Thank You To Our Collaborative Partners

Mountainview Hospital

UMC

Thrive Therapies

Motivated Kids

Desert Canyon Health South

Valley Hospital

Pima Medical Institute

Touro University Nevada

YESnick Vision Center

Are you interested in hosting a NOTA meeting at your clinic or worksite?  Email us at:  nevadaota@gmail.com


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