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
Office Administrator Kim Dugan has been working in the compliance field for 26 years. As Cariant’s credentialing expert, we believe her when she says her best piece of traveler advice is to create and maintain a credential portfolio. The following items are what she recommends as a good start in building a file: 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.
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
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
What attracted you to a travel therapy career?
I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting and makes a difference. You deal with many different aspects, and I enjoy the routine. Dealing with different families and helping them through a difficult time is a good feeling.
Procrastination is no one’s friend. You probably know a fellow traveler who has had plans change due to a missed urine test or delayed response to a phone interview call-back. Avoid those and other procrastination mistakes with these three quick tips to stay on schedule for your first, or next, travel assignment.
For first-time travelers especially, it can seem like your recruiter is throwing a lot of to-do items your way. Avoid becoming overwhelmed (or worse, late) by Read more