I find that working as a Physical Therapist (PT) in Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) can be very rewarding. As therapists in this setting, we often see significant improvement our patients’ quality of life.  Helping a patient move back home can be some of the most rewarding moments in your PT career. Skilled Nursing Facilities can be…

interview

Interviewing for a permanent or travel therapy job can be nerve-racking.  We have all been in interviews where we are asked about our strengths and weakness.  Has anyone actually come up with a good answer for those?  I have always wanted to tell them my strength is ascending steep pitches on my mountain bike and…

Qualities of a Great Travel Therapist–Devin DeBoer, PT By working as a travel or contract physical therapist (PT), Devin DeBoer has been able to become proficient in many different settings. Instead of specializing in just one setting, he has gained enriching experiences in skilled nursing, acute care, outpatient care, and home health. With over 10…

Licensing 101

In 2012, I was working on a travel assignment in Colorado. A snowy February made for perfect ski conditions, and I was loving it.  One day, I received a call from a number I did not recognize. It was from Hawaii.  The voice on the other side of the line introduced herself as a rehab…

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…

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