Interested in a travel therapy career, but not sure of the basics? Watch this 2-minute video and get the 101 on what it will take to start your travel therapist adventures.
Whether you’re ready to obtain your first-ever license, renewing, or requesting a license to practice in a new state, there is a lot to know about the licensure process. Luckily, all 50 states have a licensing board website with information on steps to obtaining licensure.
Interested in a travel nursing career, but not sure of the basics? Get the 101 on what it will take to start your travel nurse adventure.
Many traveling healthcare professionals end up on the road in part to avoid workplace drama, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. Enter the workplace bully.
Identify a workplace bully by these behaviors:
- Putting you down in front of patients or other healthcare professionals
- Frequent and unnecessary aggressive responses, excessive rudeness and verbal abuse
- Repeatedly dismissing requests for assistance because “you should know how to do the job” (i.e., they aren’t busy and go out of their way to deny help), or other acts of workplace “sabotage”
- Threats and intimidation behaviors
You should always let your recruiter know if you are experiencing bullying, but here are some other tips to consider. Read more
From US Drug Test Centers:
How to Avoid a Dilute Specimen
- It is always best to go for a urine collection first thing in the morning because your urine is fresh and not likely dilute. Do not drink extra water because you are afraid of not being able to produce urine at your drug test collection. If you normally drink large quantities of fluids, cut back a bit before going for your drug test.
- Drinking an excessive quantity of fluid before a drug test can cause dilution and then you might have to back for another drug test.
- If, at the collection site for your drug test, you have any difficulty providing the required 45 mL of urine, you will be given time to drink some water and try again. We call this a “shy bladder.” There is a shy bladder process where you have up to three hours to provide your specimen and you are given a maximum of 45 ounces of water spread out over the three hours.
I like listening to people talk. Probably because I’m an introvert, and I don’t like to talk much myself. So I’ll spend hours a week listening to the conversations of others, learning new things about topics from sea turtles to new Urban Dictionary slang words (rarely incorporated into my vocabulary, but always interesting to hear deliberated).
Here are some “just for fun” podcast suggestions to fill the silence on any weekend adventures: Read more
Maybe you’ve had this happen during a vacation. You’re excited to experience a new place. You’ve heard about the views or the nightlife or the culture. You have a general idea of what you’ll do to enjoy the area once you arrive. And you’ve booked a place to stay. Awesome! And then you get there and realize your rental is nowhere near the attractions and restaurants that interest you, or it’s not as big as you expected. And everything around is way more expensive than you had budgeted, and you’re grabbing for credit cards. Not awesome.
The same thing occasionally comes up in healthcare staffing. It’s smart to do basic research on a city before arriving or even before signing a contract. Here’s what to look up: Read more
It’s been a good year for the Physical Therapy Compact. New states have enacted legislation and the list of member states actively issuing and accepting compact privileges continues to grow. What an exciting time to be a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant interested in a travel career.
The PT Compact has dramatically reduced the cost, work and time involved to get travel therapists from one state to another. It takes just a few minutes for eligible therapists to apply for a compact license online! Read more
What started you on the path to your occupational therapy degree?
I was born with a bone disease in one leg. I spent years in and out of the hospital and worked with some terrific therapists. I wanted to make a difference in other people’s lives the way those therapists helped me.
If adaptability is innately one of your skills, you’re probably well-suited for a travel career. If it’s something you have to work for, we’ve got two good reasons for making that extra effort.
“Action and adaptability create opportunity.”
– Garrison Wynn