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A Travel Therapy IRONMAN Experience

Our travelers do a lot of cool things. Completing triathlon goals in every state, running Disney marathons and climbing 14ers to name a few. We recently learned all about IRONMAN triathlons thanks to travel therapist Joe R., PT. He worked a Wisconsin travel contract while training hours a day for the 2018 IRONMAN Wisconsin.

Recruiter Kari Broderick asked Joe about how he got started and how he trains:

I originally got involved with endurance sports while in high school through a great running program in both track and cross country. It led me to my first sprint triathlon at the ripe age of 16. Ten years later and I’m on the cusp of competing in my second IRONMAN here in the beautiful state of Wisconsin.

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How to Make Bad Assignments Better

We hope our travelers never experience a truly “bad” assignment. However, we know the experience of “first days” does vary from stellar to let’s say… forgetful. Don’t take it personally if you expected a parade on your first day and were instead met with crickets. If the mood doesn’t improve, focus on what you can control to improve the situation. Read more »

Why You Shouldn’t Walk Off Assignments

We know assignments get abandoned. You could be severely homesick. Maybe the situation on your first day didn’t match exactly what was described during the interview process. You just can’t see yourself completing your contract. You’re a traveler, and they’d never see your name or face again anyway. Right?

For all the stories of someone having no repercussions of cancelling an assignment, there are equally as many who have a different experience. Before you walk off the job, analyze what is actually happening, and consider the following: Read more »

3 Things We Love About Traveling Healthcare Professionals

We think our group of traveling healthcare professionals is pretty great. Probably because we often find them among the categories below:

Travelers Who Go Above and Beyond

We celebrate internally with monthly Cariant Kudos, recognizing team members and travelers for kind acts or achievements. Inevitably, the words “went above and beyond” are included more than a handful of times in kudos submissions. Working with healthcare professionals, that is no surprise! It’s in our natures to be of service. And we appreciate those extra efforts as much as the facilities and patients. We’ve had travelers receive Read more »

Even more questions to ask a travel recruiter

After your initial phone call with a recruiter, you’ve probably gotten a good idea of their personality and conversation style. And hopefully a sense of their industry knowledge and how likely they are to help meet your travel goals. As you have more conversations and work toward a job submission and signing a contract, take the opportunity to learn more about them. The recruiter who helps find your first travel job stays with you for as long as you travel with Cariant. So it’s important to find a good fit. Read more »

Meet Dave: Therapy Recruiter

What is your biggest strength as a recruiter?

Communication. I feel that’s the most important aspect in this industry whether it’s a phone call, an email, a text, a social media post, etc. Keeping in contact with a potential traveler shows you care about their career and want to support them in finding the right fit. Read more »

Embracing Minimalism

In the fall of 2014, shortly after my graduation from physical therapy school in May, I found myself driving across the country to begin my first travel assignment. Until I began packing up the car for my trip from New York to Kansas, I never realized how much “stuff” I owned. Over the past four years of working as a traveling physical therapist, I’ve learned a lot of things; about myself, my profession and so many new places, but the most eye-opening revelation over the course of my short career has been the discovery about what is worth prioritizing and the benefits of a minimalist lifestyle. Read more »

It’s Starting: PTLC News

You’ve been waiting for this. The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC) is about to be operational in some participating states. On July 9, 2018, physical therapists and physical therapist assistants in Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee can apply for compact privileges.

How it will work

While there are currently 21 states that have embraced the PTLC Read more »

New Grad Travel Therapy: Mentorship and Other Perks

We’ve been working with new therapy graduates since 2001 and have gotten pretty good about introducing adventurous therapists to the world of travel therapy. We’re excited to be introducing our new mentorship program. Read more »