foursquare.com is a great tool for traveling PTs

foursquare is a great site for traveling ptsDo you want a fun, and slightly addictive, way to tell your friends and family what you are up to during your travel physical therapy assignment? If you have a smart phone, then give foursquare a try. If you don’t have a smart phone (iPhone, Google Android, BlackBerry or Palm) then you can text your location or use a laptop too, but I don’t think you will get the same experience out of it.

foursquare is a combination of a friend-finder, a social city-guide and a game where you are rewarded for being interesting and doing interesting things. Their goal is help you keep up with the places your friends go and encourage you to explore new places.

The premise is simple:

Go somewhere cool? Check in.
Go somewhere new? Check in.
Go somewhere often? Check in.
Go somewhere popular? Check in.
Go somewhere late at night? Check in.

When you do those or similar things you earn badges and then you can brag. Go somewhere enough and you can be the “Mayor” and who doesn’t want to be Mayor. In bigger cities where foursquare is catching on a lot of business are starting to offer discounts to foursquare users and even special customer status to “Mayors”.

And if you are kind of a nerd then you will enjoy the detailed stats that measure things like:

  • Days checked in
  • Number of checkins
  • Avg checkins when out
  • % of checkins at new places
  • New places discovered
  • Distribution by day of week
  • Distribution by day
  • Top friends 
  • Number of different friends you’ve checked in with
  • Most frequented venues 
  • Number of different venues visited
  • Most frequented cities  mayorships 

You can not only check in and let your friends know where you are or have been, but you can also give them tips about the locations you have been to. You can of course check on their locations too if they are sharing them.

If you come across a location that is not already in the foursquare database, don’t worry you can add it.

You can even follow brands (like the ones below) and find new cool things to do or places to eat.

Bravo
Bravo
ZAGAT
ZAGAT
VH1
VH1
Lucky M.
Lucky M.
Thrillist
Thrillist
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal
Bon Appetit Magazine
Bon Appetit Magazine
HISTORY Channel
HISTORY Channel

Set up is super easy too.

First you build an account by giving some basic information name, email, gender, age, etc, phone number. After your account is set up it asks you if you want to look through your Facebook profile or Twitter account for friends or followers that may already be using foursquare. Then it gives you the chance to invite any friends and followers you have who aren’t to join you, you can also send people an email that asks them to join you. Then when you’re done it gives you the chance to connect with your Facebook page or Twitter account if you have so they are all synced up.

And if you are a private person, there are privacy options you can turn on to limit what see people see of your check-ins. And deleting your account is easy too.

What is cool about foursquare for travel physical therapists is that you can get badges all over the country. It could be a really fun way to look back over a year or two of traveling and see where you’ve gone, who you met etc. Take a look and let us know what you think.

Featured Travel Physical Therapist Assistant Job in Texas

  • a cowboy you would see during a travel therapy job in TexasTexas – PTA (Physical Therapy Assistant) Traveler needed in Texas for this 13 week contract travel assignment.
  • Great benefits and pay with one of the best travel therapy (rehab) agencies.
  • While on assignment enjoy visiting Houston, Dallas, Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, and the gulf cities.
  • Contact your Medical Solutions Career Consultant today, whether you are interested in a SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) , Hospital, Outpatient Rehab or Home Health.
  • Call a Recruiter at 866-633-3548 to learn more.

To learn more about this travel physical therapist assistant job click here.

Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide: Step 1 – Know what you are looking for.

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.

Your Travel Therapy Career Guide: Step-by-Step

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.

Why should you work in a skilled nursing facility?

Senior and physical therapist Clowning Around

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Less documentation – Working in a SNF requires an evaluation for a patient with just a weekly note
  4. 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.

What is this all about?

Short-term rehab and therapy overview,
There is a nationwide shortage of physical therapists

If you have never thought about or heard of short-term rehab and therapy contracts, sometimes called travel contracts, don’t worry, you are not alone.

But just so you don’t feel out of the loop here is a quick 1,2,3 overview:

  1. All over the country there is a shortage of Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapists Assistants and Speech Language Pathologists.
  2. The patients still need care.
  3. This puts you in high demand for short-term contracts nationwide.