Before you start out in your travel therapy career you need to evaluate exactly why you want to travel and what you hope to get out of it.
Do you want to make more money?
Are you trying to gain more experience to start your own practice someday?
Do you want to broaden the kind of patients you work with?
Are you looking for a change of pace?
Do you want to improve your current skills? Be exposed to new ones?
Are you interested in meeting new people?
Intrigued by new places?
Just need an adventure before you settle down?
Need an adventure now that the kids are in college?
Whatever your reasons are for choosing a travel rehab career it is important to know them going because they will guide many of the decisions you will have to make about the assignments you take and other key decisions as you move further in the travel rehab job process.
Have you ever wondered how you even get started down taking a travel therapy job? Or how to choose a Recruiter? Or how Per Diem works?
If so, then be sure to read an extensive series of posts we will soon be starting called “Your Travel Therapy Career Guide: Step-by-Step” that will take you through a detailed outline of the process of starting a travel rehab career. It will be a broad overview that applies to all the therapists that make up the Rehab and Therapy Jobs.com readers (PT, PTA, OT, COTA and SLP), but detailed enough to answer all your questions about the process.
The goal is to take some of the hesitation away from those of you have questions about how this career path works. So be sure to give your feedback as we go.
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.
Everyone is different and has their own unique reasons for considering a rehab and therapy short-term contract. An SLP looking for a change of settings may find the short-term career path as the perfect opportunity to do that, while an Occupational Therapist who wanted to work closer to her parents after they retire may see a travel rehab career as the best alternative to do that.
As you can see the possibilities are endless, but to keep things simple here is another of our famous 1,2,3 overviews:
A short-term contract career as a PT, PTA, OT, COTA and SLP can help you earn more money
Like the name suggests as well, a travel rehab and therapy contract lets you live in and work in great locations across the country
A short-term contract also exposes you to and give you the chance to expand your clinical skills in a variety of settings in a relatively short-period of time