There are a lot of PT, PTA, OT, COTA and SLP short-term jobs in skilled nursing facility (nursing home) settings and they provide a unique set of benefits that you may not see at some of the other settings for rehab and therapist careers, settings like the acute care/hospital setting, outpatient setting, home health and in-patient rehabilitation setting.
Again bringing you our quick 1,2,3 overview (plus 1), here are four of the benefits of working in a nursing home:
- See your patients improve – In settings like a acute care/hospital setting you may only see your patients for a few days and thus never see their progression
- Great work schedule – Compared to outpatient settings where the pace can be frantic with multiple patients receiving different parts of a treatment and early and late hour appointments
- Less documentation – Working in a SNF requires an evaluation for a patient with just a weekly note
- Less boredom – In a nursing home setting you will, in most situations get to work not only with other therapists in your discipline, but you will also get to work with other types of therapists. Plus you are going to get the chance to expand the types of patients and injuries and conditions you treat.