5 Tips for Ending a Travel Therapist Assignment

Ending a travel assignment can conjure up a wide array of emotions. Depending on your experience at the assignment, your emotions may include sadness and a sense of loss.  On the other hand, if it was a stressful or difficult assignment, your emotions could include sheer joy and the feeling of a weight being lifting…

Some therapists wonder what impact their travel therapist work experience will have on their future promotion options. They may fear that as a travel therapist, they will be overlooked when it comes to promotions or disqualified from applying for a director of rehabilitation role. In my experience, I have not found these fears to be…

travel therapists

Last year I spent some time skiing in Revelstoke, British Columbia with a good buddy of mine, a fellow therapist that I met while on one of my travel assignments. We ended up hiking to the top of Mt. Mackenzie on a sunny bluebird day out of bounds. Between the two of us, we have…

Go West, Young Man! Justin Johnson originally started as a travel physical therapist so that he could move out West and live somewhere that suited his love for the outdoors. Being a travel therapist has enabled Johnson to work in a variety of settings. He has enjoyed each setting for different reasons. He worked at…

Changing jobs can be a very scary situation and is ranked in the top 10 stressful life events. For many people just the thought of changing jobs creates a nervous uneasy feeling in the pit of their stomach.  For others that response is positive nervous excitement. One of the reasons we experience those negative feelings…

Your first week as a travel therapist establishes the routines and communication necessary to thrive in your new environment. Since many travel therapy assignments only last 13 weeks, getting off to a good start is very important. Some therapists love the challenge of learning the ropes at a new facility; other personalities dread starting all…

Have you ever wondered what it was like to watch Orcas swim near the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington? How about climb your first 14’er in Colorado? Have you ever been in Seattle when the Seahawks won a Super Bowl? I’ve been able to do all those things because I made the…

Where do travel therapists hang their hats? As you travel from assignment to assignment, you’ll need to take care of one very important necessity, and that’s housing. You have many options for locating suitable — and affordable — lodging for your stay. Here’s a few money saving tips from experienced travelers. Find your own housing…

earning power

A physical therapist’s salary may be higher in some states than others, however, in reality, a combination of salary and cost of living (housing, food, transportation, taxes) determines the real value of a therapist’s earnings. Although a physical therapist’s salary may be lower than a colleague’s salary from a different state, they may enjoy a…

What is “travel therapy” and how does it differ from “contract therapy”? A “contractor” is generally a therapist who lives locally to the facility, but is compensated hourly and paid through a staffing agency. A “traveler,” like a contractor, is also paid hourly and paid by an agency, but has arrived from out of town…

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