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.

Featured Travel SLP Job in Florida

  • Florida – Speech Therapy Traveler needed for this 13 week travel assignment.
  • Great benefits and pay with one of the best travel therapy (rehab) agencies.
  • While on assignment visit Ft Meyers, Orlando, Gainesville, St. Petersburg, Daytona Beach, Cape Cora, Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Hialeah and Key West.
  • Enjoy this sunshine state and the beaches at the same time.
  • Contact your Medical Solutions Career Counselor today, whether you are interested in a SNF (Skilled Nursing Facility) , Hospital, Outpatient Rehab or Home Health.

All interested Speech Therapists looking for a new job in Florida should call a Career Consultant today at 866-633-3548.

Looking for love in all the right places.

Single and loving it or single and hating it? It’s safe to assume most of us who are single would fall into either category. I would say it all depends on your priorities and what you want to accomplish with your time on this planet. Some of you may be jaded with the idea of finding that one true love while others are relishing the opportunities to meet so many different people and simply enjoying their company.

There are so many ways one can look at the single scene. I won’t input any of my own personal experiences, (we’ll save that for my memoirs!) but I can tell you that living in the same city your whole life can really limit you to exposure of what else is certainly out there. Not that it’s a bad thing, but there are 6,809,383,757 people in the world as of today and 307,946,234 people in the United States alone. Surely one of them is meant to be, right? So what’s this got to do with being a traveling therapist? Well, for one, being a traveler means just that. You can leave your homebase for 3 months at a time and travel to all these different cities you may have never had the chance to see before, all thanks to your short-term contract work in travel therapy.

Working in rehab and therapy usually entails pretty normal working hours, like 9 to 5. This would allow you to take advantage of the nightlife and culture of whatever city you’ll be dwelling in for the next few months. So there’s no excuse that you’re working crazy hours and that the only people you meet are street sweepers and various other night owls. You’ll have as good a chance as the next person to get out there and meet all kinds of folks. In July, Forbes magazine released an article and Top 40 list of the best cities for singles in the United States. There are of course your usual suspects like New York City, Boston and Chicago, but there are also some “sleeper” cities in there that really surprised me, like Milwaukee! Milwaukee, really? I guess so. Find out for yourself and see if there’s any cities that made the list that you’d like to visit. Think of it as your “Little Black Book” for dating by city.

Here’s the link to the Best Cities for Singles 2009 article in Forbes. Maybe your city made the list and you’re just having bad luck? Or maybe there’s a city listed that you’ve always wanted to visit and now you’ll have all the more reason to go. If by chance you do meet your soulmate because you read this article or post, please share. I’d like to think I was a part of that! Now get out there and get to work, on your traveling assignment as well as your love life.

Great tool for Speech Language Pathlogists

Here is a cool tool created by Eric Sailers at his Speech Language Pathology Sharing blog. It uses the new Harry Potter as part of an educational program for students with special needs. Check it out.

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.