That the travel therapy industry goes through ups and downs is a fact. The implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) did impact the number of jobs available in total as well as the mix of opportunities among the therapy disciplines. While we all await the swing back to the other side of the pendulum with a plethora of jobs for all, here’s some timeless advice to keep working those travel contracts. Read more
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.
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.
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
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
We know the relationship with your recruiter is one of the more important parts of a successful travel career. At Cariant, you work with one recruiter regardless of where in the U.S. you want to travel. The longer you travel with us the stronger your relationship with your recruiter becomes. They are your advocates on the road. And they work hard to make sure their travelers are informed and happy.
Ghosting, an act we may categorize as something that only happens when “retiring” personal relationships, has shifted to the professional space as an employment trend. It’s on the minds of many HR and recruiting professionals. And unfortunately, it’s on our radar as well.
Culturally acceptable it may be to “ghost” an individual to end a friendship or relationship, ghosting does not belong in the travel therapy and travel nursing industry.
Consider this full scenario: Read more
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.
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
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