Under the Same Woof: Take Your Pets With On Your Next Travel Therapy Assignment

Traveling to your next travel therapy job without your furry friends would make things seem incomplete. There’s nothing better than coming home from a hard days work and having your four-legged friend meet you at the door, especially if you’re away from home. Having them along with you during your assignment would help give your new routine some semblance to actually being home, and there’s no reason you can’t bring them.

Traveling to your next travel therapy job without your furry friends would make things seem incomplete. There’s nothing better than coming home from a hard days work and having your four-legged friend meet you at the door, especially if you’re away from home. Having them along with you during your assignment would help give your new routine some semblance to actually being home, and there’s no reason you can’t bring them. Most agencies will do what they can to accommodate you and your pets, but double-check with your recruiters and the companies you may be researching to ensure that it is allowed. I can imagine if you work for one that does not permit this, you may want to venture out and find a new agency to work with.

Start by talking with your recruiter, they are the best resource to anything you may have questions about regarding your assignments. Tell them that you want to bring along Fido and let them take care of the rest. In most cases, housing can be found that will allow pets, but you may have to pay a little extra for a pet deposit and so forth. It all depends on the location and the housing available, in larger cities it is fairly easy to find places that welcome pets, but in smaller, more rural locations, you may have difficulty. It all depends.

Take your pets with to your next travel therapy job.
Traveling with pets is easy.

When you have your new therapy job lined up, it’s wise to take a little extra time to carefully plan your trip since you’ll be traveling with your pet(s), especially if you are traveling by car. If you plan on flying, definitely check with the airlines ahead of time – there are sure to be some guidelines you’ll have to follow regarding traveling pets.

If you browse the internet and search for “traveling with pets,” you will find a number of great sites and services out there to assist you, either in mapping out a route that is pet friendly or just best practices. One such site is Pets On the Go, which has listings of  everything from B&B’s to major hotel chains that welcome pets.  You’ll also find great travel tips and links to things you can buy for your pets related to traveling.

Another good site to check out is, SureFit.net. They offer a product called, Auto Friends. It’s a hammock-like slip cover that lays over top of your back seat and prevents your pets from sliding should you hit the brakes quickly. It also protects your upholstery from stains and such and is easy to clean and maintain. The site also released a list of the top 10 destinations for traveling with pets.

1. New York City – Between winding trails, off-leash hours and fenced-in dog parks, NYC’s Central Park is the perfect pet hang-out. Plus, pet daycare can be found in nearly every Big Apple neighborhood.
2. Chicago – Dogs are welcome on canine cruises at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and the Windy City is home to a number of pet resorts and patio restaurants that welcome furry friends.
3. Boston – Pooches are welcome to tour Boston Harbor by boat, and dogs are welcome to take the subway.
4. Houston – Local pet lovers praise Barnaby’s Cafe, where pets aren’t just welcome, they’re given their own cardboard bowl to dine from while their owners grab a bite.
5. San Francisco – The city by the bay offers plenty of pet-friendly dining, off-leash beaches, and outdoor areas. Take your dog for a stroll across the Golden GateBridge — or even bring him along on a cable-car ride!
6. Austin – Besides outdoor cafes and off-leash parks, Austin residents tout the Zilker Botanical Gardens and Congress Street Bats as great places for local dogs (and dog-owners).
7. Washington (and its suburb Alexandria, Va.) – Both areas feature plenty of pet-friendly restaurants and parks.
8. Portland, Ore. – The Lucky Labrador restaurant chain is famously pet-friendly. Pets are also invited to visit the Rose Gardens and Saturday outdoor market.
9. Charleston – Bring your pet along on a walking tour of historic Charleston, whether it’s a daytime stroll through Magnolia Plantation or a nighttime ghost tour of the city’s haunted haunts.
10. Ann Arbor – Pets are welcome to frolic in many of the city’s outdoor spaces, including the Nichols Arboretum, a large botanical garden at the University of Michigan.
So you should be ready now to hit the road with furry friends, don’t forget the treats! Bone voyage!

Using Social Networking Sites the Right Way.

As we embark on a new year it has become apparent that there is no stopping the new avenues of communication and more specifically, social networking. The most popular social networking sites include Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, with Facebook leading the way with over 350 million users worldwide. You can access your account a few different ways and it will enable you to be in contact with your network no matter where you might be.

As we embark on a new year it has become apparent that there is no stopping the new avenues of communication and more specifically, social networking. The most popular social networking sites include Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, with Facebook leading the way with over 350 million users worldwide. You can access your account a few different ways and it will enable you to be in contact with your network no matter where you might be. Travel Therapists and Rehab specialists on a short-term contract can use such sites to keep up with events back home, post photos of your new job and locations and chat it up with friends and family. The populartity of these social networking sites is astounding and it should come as no surprise as parents  and their children alike are joining in droves.

Each of these social networking sites is built for different reasons and is intended for specific uses. LinkedIn for instance is for the professional looking to network with others in their industry while sites like MySpace and Facebook are aimed towards those who like to share whatever and is far more impersonal, but can also cross the bounds of too personal! Whichever site you choose to use, remember, this is your ad to the enitre universe. These sites all serve a valid purpose and you could benefit professionally when used the right way, it is the wrong ways you need to leary of.

One of the basic forms of these social networking sites is the ever present “status update.” Here you can tell the world whatever is on your mind, whether it be good news,  an opinion on an important matter like healthcare  reform or just a place to vent your frustrations. On my Facebook profile I tend to be more lighthearted and goofy. I try and make others laugh but mostly it just depends on how I’m feeling that day. In order to keep your friends engaged, you need to stay current, fresh and at least try and write something noteworthy. What you don’t want to do is complain or constantly be negative.  Your “readers” will begin to get bored with you if all you do is moan about how your day sucks, or how you hate life and blah, blah, blah! No one wants to read that. Try and write something that will spark conversation… After all, that’s being social.

These social networking sites are all about sharing; sharing your thoughts, tastes in music, opinions, or whatever you feel the need to express. It’s also a wonderful medium to share all the things that are important to you. Being a travel therapist you may already belong to organizations related to allied health or charities that you may volunteer your knowledge to. Sharing this type of information about yourself is a great way to showcase who you are as there is a potential of future employers looking into your background by examining your social life. It’s difficult keep your professional and social lives separate, so just think first as to what you want to put out there about yourself and your opinions. Most of these sites allow you to protect your content and allow only those you’d like to view your profile.  Use these parameters accordingly if you think you may have questionable content on your site. You’re building yourself as a  brand and search engines such as Google will lead those investigating right to you very easily.  Here’s a fine example of how NOT to use facebook… Doctor and Nurse Suspensions.

For you traveling therapists and rehab specialists, these social networking sites are an easy way to keep in touch with people while away from home and I strongly recommend builiding your online presence now if you haven’t already. Everybody else is, even my grandma! Staying connected is vital and helps keep the lonliness factor to a minimum while on a traveling therapy or rehab job. These sites are also a wonderful way for the allied health professionals to share with future employers the person you really are, from all the philanthropic activities you may be involved with to the great conversations you start and share on others pages. Remember, you are in control of what can be seen. If all you post is meaningless fodder and constantly use the time wasting game apps and whatnot, I don’t think that’s what you want as a first impression. I guess it depends on what you’re trying to attract… A potential new employer or a level 5 warlock to help you get to the next level? The choice is yours, for you are what you post.

Send Your Season’s Greetings the New Fashioned Way!

You better watch out – you better not cry – better not pout – I’m telling you why… There’s a great alternative to writing out the 100’s of Christmas cards, licking envelopes and buying stamps. You’re already busy enough as a traveling therapist and rehab specialist, so hopefully this can save you some precious time while on assignment. No longer do you have to suffer through all the paper cuts and headache that is writing out your season’s greetings thanks to the many wonderful eCard services available to you on the world wide web. Here is a great list of sites to get you started…

1) eCardica has a wide variety of free ecards available, anything from Fruits and Vegetables to Ancient Cities to Famous Quotes. Most of the cards on the site are free; they also have announcement, birthday, special occasion, holiday, love, and many more varieties of ecards. If you’d like to become a member of eCardica, you gain access to a lot more fun tools and services, such as a reminders service, contacts, and calendar.

2) Yahoo Greetings – You can choose to sign up for the more expensive ecards, or you can just do what I do and scan for the little “free” text under most of these ecards. Funny ecards, free birthday ecards, Christmas ecards, and more.

3) Someecards – If you’re looking for an irreverent, hilarious, and sometimes off-color ecard to send to someone, then someecards is your best bet.

4) Postcard.fm – A truly unique site that allows you to customize and send your own free ecards with your own images, music (mp3 files only), and messages.

5) WrongCards – These are not the run of the mill ecards that you’ll find here – WrongCards is full of silly, tongue in cheek messages that you can send to friends and family.

6) Hipster Cards – Lots of vintage, “hip” cards here with great designs and images; includes plenty of humor from high right down to the lowest of the low brow.

7) Smilebox – Smilebox is one of my favorite spots for free ecards on the Web. You can choose from hundreds of interesting designs, add your own photos, videos, music, and messages, and then email it, blog it, or print it.

8) Rattlebox – Rattlebox offers a lot more than the typical ecard you might see on most sites – it’s all video here. Simply select a video you like, personalize it, and send.

9) Pingg – Simple and stylish, with many designs available. You can use Pingg not only for free ecards, but also for online invitations, announcements, and party planning.

10) MushyGushy – Select a card or animated video at MushyGushy, and then you can upload a head shot of you or someone else to complete the ecard. It’s a fun way to personalize your message.

Here’s a couple of other sites that I’ve recently discovered that can really add to your greetings! It’s fast, free and shockingly easy, says the site. All you do is provide the pictures and the site does the rest. Each video is a fully customized orchestration of user-selected images and music. Check out Animoto to learn more and send what is surely to be the most unique holiday greeting anyone has ever received!

The other site is MyFaceLOL – It offers you three different animated cards in which you can place your headshot and others to make a fun and unique Christmas greeting!

Travel Physical Therapy Career Guide: Step 4 – Know who’s going with you.

If you are planning on traveling far from home for your short-term therapy contract job, then a lot of decisions you will need to make in your travel rehab career will depend on who is coming with you if anyone. This is why it is important to evaluate if you are going to be traveling alone or with someone.

If you are planning on traveling far from home for your short-term therapy contract job, then a lot of decisions you will need to make in your travel rehab career will depend on who is coming with you if anyone. This is why it is important to evaluate if you are going to be traveling alone or with someone.

Is your spouse or significant other is coming with you? A lot of this depends on either the stage of life your spouse is in and/or their occupation. If they stay at home, are retired, have a seasonal job, like a teacher, or a mobile job like a freelance graphic designer, it is going to be easy for them to travel with you and can make your travel therapy job a lot more fun to take someone with you. And if it is your first travel therapy assignment it may be nice to have the comfort of a loved one with you as you get used to the change.

What about your kids? Obviously this depends a lot on your situation and their age since childcare and school is always a concern, but if your spouse or another family member is coming with you it is going to be easier to arrange for your kids to come with you, since they will probably be able to watch them and maybe even home school them. And if it your assignment is during the summer months then imagine the learning and fun opportunities waiting for them in a new town for three months.

Don’t forget about pets. Taking them along with you is also a great way to prevent getting lonely during a travel therapy assignment.

You can also try to travel with another travel therapist if you can both find assignments in the same hospital or skilled nursing facility or at least in the same city. This is a great option for first time travelers if it works out, since you can both help each other out with the new challenges that a travel therapy job can present, like being away from home and having to learn fast on the job.

Or you can go alone, which is the norm and offers so many advantages too, like the chance to do what you want to do in your free time, the chance to be by yourself and reflect and of course to take a “workation” and just get away from it all.

Taking Travel Therapy to the Next Level.

Most of the time the point of my articles and posts on Rehab and Therapy Jobs.com are to help educate and provide insights into the world of travel therapy and rehab jobs. But today we are going to take a different approach and direct you to others in the field of therapy and their blogs. While catching up on some OT news via Alltop.com I ran across a story that immediately struck my fancy. It is titled, “From Creighton to Cairo” and what drew me to the story was that Creighton is here in Omaha where we’re based. I’m partial to the local connection. Anyways, it turns out the writer is going to school at Creighton finishing her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree and I thought I’d share with you her blog. You can read all about it here at Occupational Therapy in Egypt. She’s taken travel therapy to the next level for sure, though it’s not an actual assignment through an agency. She’s on clinical rotation down there and will be coming back in December to graduate. This is what she says as to why she chose Egypt of all places… Why Egypt? Many of you readers know better than I that Egypt needs OT(s)! As OT continues to advance in countries around the world, so also should the profession be developed in Egypt- which I chose for the reality that Egypt occupies only a handful of registered OT(s) and does not currently offer an accredited OT education. To be able to progress in areas of occupation, professional practice and leadership, Egypt must also keep pace by providing both the occasion for learning opportunities and OT employment. Permeating the boundaries to allow access for both practicing therapists and students can create a future of global resources to protect our profession while also addressing the need for therapy in this country.” Check it and out and it just may inspire you to reach out further than you thought you could.

Now in regards to to travel therapy and rehab jobs, it’s nice to find someone who is enjoying the benefits that come along with it all. Over at The Ramblings of a Traveling Speech Therapist it’s described as a blog that details the all the travels this therapist has done, and she does do a good job. It’s like you’re right there with her. She’s currently on contract in the Bay Area and has been documenting a lot of her escapades outside of work. You’re a therapist already, so you know what that’s like, but what you don’t know are all the different and exciting places to visit and the many, many people you will befriend along the way. I wish I could find more people out there who would do this… It’s always a fun read to see what their last adventures were like and you can live vicariously through them.

So these are two that I know you might find interesting. If you know more, please send them my way. I’m sure our readers would love to have as many perspectives on the industry they love. Until next time, have a Happy Halloween!

Avoid the Noid!

You know who they are, you’ve been annoyed with them at every job you’ve ever had. The boss who doesn’t know up from down, the guy who always gives you a punch in the arm as his way of saying hello, Mr. B O, the gossip queen, the clock watcher, the manipulator and the one who always seems to bring something for lunch that stinks up the whole joint. Yes we’ve all seen some derivative of these and if you’re honest with yourself, you may admit that at one point in time you may have been one of those people. There are certain signs like constant whining or sucking up that will lead you to believe that this person will be irritating to no end. Sure we all experience the occasional bad day and it can bring down those around you as well, but when these behaviors are more common than not, you have a problem. So what can you do to prevent this having a negative affect on your next travel therapy or rehab job?

Entering a new position is already a feat in itself, but now you add all the different and new personalities, some you know you’ll get along with while others you know will be a task to get deal with. When starting a new job you want to be on your best behavior and you have a lot to prove, not only to yourself but your peers and you definitely don’t want to ruffle any feathers being the “outsider.” So what can you do?

I’d guess most people would do everything in their power to avoid those who irritate them. Sounds good in theroy but the reality is you’ll see this person day in and day out and eventually might be paired up with them in dealing with certain patients or situations. When the time comes to working alongside say a negative Nancy, give yourself a few minutes prior to the rendezvous and take a few deep breaths. When you are ready for “battle” come in being cheery, under control and use a pleasant tone of voice. Do the work that is expected of you and then step away as if nothing bothered you. If you let the negativity get to you it will only make matters worse.

In some cases you may be perceived as the annoying one and for no good reason. Maybe it’s the way you dress or carry yourself, but the reason is never clear. Here’s what you can do… Ask to meet this person one-on-one and have a heart to heart. No one else around, just the two of you. Give them the benefit of the doubt, swallow your pride and inquire about how you can at least have a working relationship if nothing else. If the problems continue, maybe seek out a superior or if you dont’ think it’s worth it. Move on. Your self-esteem is far more valuable than the job, there will always be more work. That too is a great big benefit of travel therapy and rehab jobs. Just move on to the next.

Hopefully you’ll never have to resort to any of these actions while on your traveling assignment, but if you do, you now have a plan on how to react and deal with these situations. To learn more about ways in which you can deal with the annoying co-worker, visit these sites I’ve listed below. There is a wealth of information you can use not only in the workplace but through life in general.

Dealing with Difficult Coworkers: From Sales and Marketing to Finance and Planning

Dealing with the Jerk at Work

Here are a few other sites that poke fun at the annoying types. I wouldn’t recommend using any of these techniques but they are worth a laugh!

My Bad Boss

Annoying Coworker