Where could you go instead?

Okay, so you’re about to embark on a traveling rehab/therapy career and you’ve got the whole country to choose from… Where’s your first pick? Well, let’s start with this question first. What are some activities you like to participate in? Are you an outdoors type of person who likes to camp, hike and explore the unknown? Or maybe you’re more of a city slicker and like what a major metropolis has to offer, like shopping, nightlife and people, lots of people. What ever it is you like to do, just remember there’s always more than just one place that has everything you’re looking for, not just the most popular locations.

Instead of picking the most obvious destination to satisfy your interests needs, why not pick somewhere else? Say you like to ski, you need mountains, where are there mountains? Colorado? Yes and Utah and Vermont, New York, Wyoming, California, New Mexico and Pennsylvania. Yes, all those states offer skiing and probably better skiing than the place you were thinking of. Just because you associate an activity with a certain city or state, does not mean there is nothing else like it elsewhere. In fact, you’re probably better off going with the “unbeaten path” than the well traveled one. You may just discover a hidden treasure that you would have never found had you taken the assignment that everyone and their mother picked too. Perhaps you stumble upon a beach with no one else in sight for miles, or a fishing hole that seems to have an endless supply of trophy catches… The chances are limitless.

So when it comes time to pick a place for your next traveling therapy or traveling rehab job do a little more research. Try a google search on the “Best Places to (insert your desired activity)” and you’ll be sure to find an alternative to your first, second and third choices. Remember, to be a good traveler you have to be a little open minded. There could be a time when there won’t be a position available in the city of your choice and you have to be ready to accept an alternate route. You never know, you just may not want to leave – it’s that good.

“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, through the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase.” – William Congreve

Resources for the Traveling Therapist

I’m discovering how new the idea of being a traveling therapist really is because there really isn’t much out there on the web regarding this profession. That’s what we here at Rehab and Therapy Jobs.com are trying to fix. Any and all information we can find that will help you in your careers we will post and today I found a couple things.

19190911There is a blog site written by a current traveling therapist and it is called, “The Ramblings of a Traveling Speech Therapist.” As the author describes it, “This blog will detail my travels and provide a contact point for all those who I meet along the way.” So take a minute or two to read about her travels. She has had some great experiences and some not so great, but that’s life ain’t it? You take the good, you take the bad and there you have… Hopefully I’m not dating myself with that little lyric but I probably am. Anyways, read some of her posts – she gives great insight as to what you can and cannot expect on your traveling therapy job.

The next site I discovered that can help you with your career as a traveling therapist is MedTravelerClub.com. This site is dedicated to providing prospective and current traveling therapists a place to share information regarding staffing agencies, interviewing, locations, etc… There is also a great page of links to associations, certifications and so forth. There is also a forum to share your stories and experiences with other current and past travelers. This would be a great way to find out about a location you’re thinking about or perhaps just making friends to meet out while on assignment. So check it out!

As I said, there isn’t much out there for you travelers yet, but we’re working on it so check back and we’ll keep you informed!

3 Reasons to Consider Travel Rehab and Therapy Jobs

We’ll make this plain and simple, so here are the few, but most important reasons you should consider a travel rehab or therapy job.

1. Knowledge. As a traveling therapist or rehab specialist there is no question that your skills and knowledge will progress. Where ever your next contract takes you, whether it be a large metropolotain research and teaching center or a small rural community hospital, you will acquire new skills related to your profession… And maybe some that have no relation at all.

Taking a traveling rehab or therapy job can land you in any number of cities and facilities. Each assignment will possess something the other did not and collectively you will gain far more experience than in any permanent position. You may have learned a new stretching technique in Albuquerque, New Mexico and on your next assignment in Toledo, Ohio you could be teaching this to your newfound colleagues.

307156802. Total Control. Is your current permanent position becoming stale and repetitive? Tired of the office gossip and politics? A short-term contract therapy and rehab job may just be the escape you need. When you choose to work as a “traveler” you are afforded the option of where and when you’d like to work. Pick the city, pick the type of care facility you’d like to work at and Presto!

The options are endless when you’re a traveling therapy and rehab specialist. As stated above, you may want to take on a position in low-stress enviornment, say that of a smaller community rehab facility. Or maybe you’d like the hustle and bustle of a major healthcare network? Whatever you choose, it is your choice. Whatever kind of assignment you pick, just remember, you wouldn’t be getting this kind of experience stuck at home in your permanent job. To ensure you get to exactly where you want to be, it is imperative that you form a good working relationship with the recruiter of your chosen staffing agency.

3. Money. I don’t think I need to say any more than that… But I will. Did you know the average pay for a Physical Therapist according to Payscale.com is around $56,000 per year. That’s before taxes and with 1 year of experience or less. Now as a traveler you could make upwards to 6 digits in one year after taxes!. Your housing is paid for, you receive health/dental insurance, per diems and on and on and on… All these surely add up to more than anything a permanent position could offer you. You also have the chance at earning even more by bringing along your friends and peers with referral bonuses.

Just to warm up to the idea, try and find an assignment close to home and from there, spread your wings. There’s Hawaii, California, Florida, New York, Montana, Oregon, Georgia, Michigan, Texas….

More books for your brain!

3409035557_d0490b0315Again over at MikeReinhold.com he’s listed the favorites of some highly respected clinicians in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine. This time around we have an Essential Reading List from George Davies, who Mike says,  “George is considered to be one of the founding pioneers of sports physical therapy and one of the most respected expert clinicians.” With a description like that, you know there’s going to be some good stuff on that list.The next contribution is an Essential Reading List from Eric Cressey. According to MikeReinhold.com, “Eric offers another perspective on our essential reading list, but you can start to see the overlap between the disciplines of physical therapy, athletic training, strength and conditioning, and fitness.”

There is a wealth of information and knowledge in those couple lists. I’m sure you may have read some of the books and I hope that maybe you also discover a few that you have not. Try and make it a goal of yours to read at least one book while you’re on your short-term rehab or therapy contract assignment. Please comment about any other reading materials you see fit to add to your own list.

The Most Important List of Books for Rehab Specialists

BookShelfWhile out on your next traveling assignment you may find yourself with some downtime and there are so many ways to spend that time. Depending on where you are located you could take in a round of golf or catch some rays at the local beach or perhaps you’d like to do some exploring by hiking around a nearby mountain range. Yes, your options are endless when you take on a traveling rehab or therapy position, but what about the time when you just want to kick back and relax. That’s the time you could kick back and relax on the deck and cozy up to a good book. Over at MikeReinold.com is an “Essential Reading List” aimed at all things rehab. Mike states, “The goal was to include books that I felt were influential in my development and clinical practice.” Maybe you have some of your own books that you’d like to share that were also very significant in your development or perhaps turned you on to the idea of becomming a therapist or rehab specialist.

iPhones for the mobile lifestyle.

Unless you were like me up until about a year ago, I was without a cell phone. Don’t say it, I know, it’s nice to be a part of the 21st century. I’m sure there are the rare few out there and I commend you but I cannot picture myself without one nowadays. I thought to myself, why just get a phone, I want the best there is out there and I settled on the iPhone from Mac/Apple. It was by far the best purchase of 2008 for me, (the house comes in a close second.) It’s quite the tool and I personally think there is nothing else out there that can come close to matching it’s power and capabilities. There is one small qualm I have with it and is aimed more at the service provider AT&T. You see I live in Omaha, Nebraska, and we have a modest population of around 1 million if you count the surrounding burbs and whatnot. Well the problem is that I live in the heart of the city, midtown and at my home I get “No Service.” Ridiculous and I’ll save that for another time.

19194652I’m sure can already guess how a “smartphone” like an iPhone can help you on your next therapy or rehab assignment. Recently Mac released the 3rd generation iPhone 3G s complete with GPS, video, tethering and all sorts of other goodies, so many that I’d have to write another post about it. Again, we’ll save it for some other time. You see, having a phone like this in your pocket is so many things in one and you wouldn’t really need to bring your desktop or laptop computer wherever you go.

You can access your emails from many different accounts and have them all sync up in one place, or you can check out what all your friends and family are doing and saying on Facebook. You can map out the route to your next short-term contract assignment and follow along, send pictures of all the places you stop along the way and on and on and on. It seems there isn’t much the iPhone can’t do and a few of the other phones out there have the same capabilities but they just don’t hold the prestige of the iPhone, in my opinion. There are loads of applications (apps) you can load too. There is something for everyone, from games to medical information, it’s all there. Here’s a list of essential apps for the traveler and another of accessories for your iPhone essential to travel.

So you see, all you need is a phone and you’ll be well on your way to making the most out of your assignments and keeping in touch with the life you left behind at home. Good luck and happy travels to you all.