- Northeast TN facility looking for a travel Physical Therapist for 13 weeks.
- The Appalachian Mountains and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are nearby.
- A short drive from Knoxville and Morristown, Tennessee.
- Lots of area parks and lakes make this a great place to spend the Fall.
- All OT candidates looking for a great job should call a Recruiter today at 866-633-3548.
One reservation we hear sometimes about taking a short-term and/or travel therapy contract is that it is not a “real job.” And if by real job you mean you don’t work in the same boring setting day in and day out, then no, travel therapy jobs are “not real jobs.” But, if by “not a real job” you mean that they are not stable and you are afraid you could go months without working then you would be wrong.
There are three easy (you could even call them magical) ways you can have all the advantages of a travel therapy career and the stability of a “real job.” First I am going to assume you are already aware of the great pay and benefits available to traveling therapists. OK with that said, here are the three ways. Alacazam!:
- Extend your assignments – When you extend on an travel physical therapy for example you could easily only work at two different locations during an entire year, there are fast food workers who love to have that kind of career stability.
- Work in your home town- The word travel can be misleading here. Think of it instead as a short-term contract temp job. You just don’t get the same tax-free Per Diem allowance that can be available to you if you travel for your job, but you still get the great pay.
- Follow the needs – The shortage for all therapy positions (SLP, Physical Therapist, PTA, Occupational Therapist, and COTA) is so large and growing that you could easily just follow the needs around the country, from California one assignment to Wisconsin the next. Imagine the adventures you would have doing that for a couple of years before you settle down – if you still want to after traveling that is.
If you haven’t heard, you can take your profession as a therapist or rehab specialist on the road to locations you’ve only dreamt about. Say you want to work in Hawaii, you can do that. Or maybe you’re more of a nature freak and what better place to explore the great outdoors than say, Colorado or maybe even Montana. You see the choice is yours when it comes to becoming a “traveler” and what’s better than being able to see new places and meet new people? The answer is knowledge.
By moving from town to town and state to state you will undoubtedly come across a variety of people, cultures and more importantly job experiences. It is quite possible that you will take something from each and every assignment or short-term contract. Whether it be a new method of therapy or some rehab technique, heck you might even learn something that doesn’t pertain to your profession at all, like fly fishing! Yes, choosing life as a traveling therapist or traveling rehab specialist can be very rewarding. The benefits of traveling are too long to list as well as the benefits of continuing to educate ones self.
Besides learning from your travels around the country from hospital to skilled nursing facility to an in-home assignment you could also take some classes or attend one of the various seminars and conferences throughout the year.
Here is a list of events dedicated to all things PT as provided by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Continuing education opportunities from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Events and continuing education from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
While 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.
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.
I’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.
In my last post I listed some questions you should ask your staffing agencies before you take a short-term contract rehab or therapy job to avoid a disastrous assignment. In this second post of the Ultimate Traveling Rehab & Therapy Questions we are looking at questions you should ask about the specifics of when you are on assignment.
Traveling Rehab & Therapy Questions List 2: On Assignment
- How many hours of my short-term contract are guaranteed?
- Are my hours guaranteed?
- Have other therapists worked at the facility before?
- Who do I talk to when I have problems with my short-term contract assignment?
- What type of faciltiy will I be working in during my short-term contract?
- What shifts will I work?
- Will I be required to be on-call? If so, what is the on-call pay?
- What about extensions?
- Is there a maximum amount of extensions allowed?
- What happens when I’m sick?
- Can I make up shifts?
- Can I extend my contract if I get sick?
Again, I am sure I didn’t get them all so help us build the ultimate list of Traveling Rehab & Therapy Questions by listing any questions you have found useful during your travel therapy and rehab careers.