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Traveling physical therapy jobs have seen consistent growth over the past few years, and in that time the reasons that PT’s are choosing travel therapy have grown more diverse as well. Career consultants at Travel Force Staffing have seen an increase in the number of mid-career professionals seeking to broaden their experience in a variety of clinical settings.
Beth Beam, Regional Manager of Business Development, Travel Force
“Whereas at one time many therapists used to sign up for short-term travel therapy jobs because they wanted to visit family, friends or just see the country – which is still the case, more now are looking at physical therapist travel in terms of professional development,” said Beth Beam, Regional Manager of Business Development for Travel Force.
With U.S. News reporting the highest paid therapy jobs in Texas and California – and with Florida, Arizona, New York and New Jersey close behind, said Beam, the time is right for practitioners to get experience working with diverse patient populations as healthcare reform enters into law. The recently enacted Affordable Care Act includes numerous provisions explicitly intended to reduce health disparities based on ethnicity and race.
In addition to having the increasingly-important doctoral degree in Physical Therapy, physical therapists are expected to possess cross-cultural communication skills. Beam notes, “Higher salaries will go to top educated therapists and those who can communicate effectively with all types of patients. Practitioners raised and educated in the U.S. now need to think in terms of treating naturalized citizens from India, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and South America as part of their duty as a practicing therapist.”
Author Therapy Career Blogger | 12.13.2012 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Happy New Year, How to Tips, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist
Physical therapists are uniquely positioned to help their patients achieve their New Year’s resolutions, like weight loss and positive gains in strength and flexibility. Whether you make your own resolutions or focus more on helping patients do so, this is an excellent opportunity for PTs to set and meet professional and personal standards that help them live up to their healthy career goals in the new year.
Physical Therapists Take Part in Patient’s New Year’s Resolution Goals
The following are a few tips to help make 2013 healthier and pain-free for everyone you meet in rehab jobs and everyday life.
- Be S.M.A.R.T: Specific, Motivational, Attainable, Relevant, Timely: It’s a key performance indicator that project managers have used for decades. Everyone with a goal needs to set a definitive time-line for positive changes by certain dates. Goals should be easy to measure. Going in, you need to ask yourself if you have the right attitude and skills to get the job done; if not, tweak your New Year’s resolution!
- Go Easy on Yourself: Who says you have to create new resolutions? Maybe 2013 should be about focusing on goals you set in the past. New or old, 2 New Year’s resolutions are plenty to get started—especially if they are physical therapy initiatives. Resist the urge to say you’re going to do something all 365 days, and set goals by the week or month to make it easier.
- Create 3 and 5 year goals, as well as annual goals: Where do you see yourself in the next few years? By setting the biggest goals further out, you can better evaluate your therapy career and put a more definitive point on how far you want to get in continuing education, specializations and where you want to go in permanent and travel therapist careers.
- Lead by Example: As a physical therapist, you know that following the right techniques in lifting heavy objects is of paramount importance; so is a strong back, breathing awareness and getting up from your desk to stretch several times a day. When you’re advising your patients in this way, remember to do the same; practice postural awareness and stand up straight this year!
Join Travel Force Staffing, and Achieve Your Personal Best in 2013
We hope every member of our allied healthcare team takes the time to congratulate themselves for all the achievements of last year as we prepare to embark on a new one. We wish you the best of luck in making positive things happen in your therapy jobs and in your personal lives. Here’s to wishing you peace on earth as our goals and commitments to patients dovetail into the highest quality of care. Apply online or call 1-800-617-0608 today to make 2013 a banner year with high pay, generous benefits and therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. States. Happy New Year everyone!
Author Healthcare Jobs Blogger | 11.13.2012 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapist Jobs Postings, Therapy Job Bonus, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist
Physical Therapists & Occupational Therapists
Travel Force Staffing is offering a lucrative job sign on bonus to physical therapists and occupational therapists starting a Physical Therapist job or Occupational Therapist job by Jan. 31, 2013. For more details, contact us at 800-617-0608 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; mention this bonus offer.
Learn more about other job bonuses offered at Travel Force Staffing
Author Healthcare Jobs Blogger | 11.05.2012 | Category Agency Certifications, Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Contests, Healthcare Industry Trends, Physical Therapy, Physical Therapy Career, Physical Therapy Job Questions, Press Release, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist
Does direct access to physical therapy increase the nation’s healthcare costs and put patients at risk as critics believe? Or is it, as proponents believe, a low-cost solution by highly-educated, well-trained healthcare professionals? Travel Force physical therapy staffing provides some answers. Read more about Direct Access to Physical Therapy
Author Therapy Career Blogger | 11.01.2012 | Category Allied Healthcare, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Speech Language Pathologist, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist
This first week of November, therapists across the USA are being celebrated for their contributions to allied healthcare, via National Allied Health Professionals Week (AHPW). While the event puts therapists’ contributions in the spotlight, colleagues and patients appreciate their therapists year round; but it doesn’t hurt to have a few days on the calendar devoted to promoting awareness about therapy careers. Did you know there are 80 different kinds of allied healthcare practitioners, serving in therapy jobs nationwide ?
Occupational therapists and physical therapists, their assistants, speech language pathologists and respiratory therapists are part of that long list of allied health caregivers. As more Americans reach retirement age and birth rates climb, extraordinary job gains are reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The fact that there are approximately 5 million therapists at work today, comprising 60% of the healthcare workforce at large, is a comfort to patients who now, or will someday need their services.
How Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists Can Spread a Message of Patient Advocacy and Compassion
This week is the perfect springboard to promoting your therapy career. These are just a few ideas:
- Use your membership in APTA, AOTA or ASHA to spread the word about recognizing allied healthcare and its achievements.
- Recognize and reward those who initiated or supported outstanding contributions to AHPW.
- Advertise the Nov. 5-9, 2012 date and what AHPW means allied healthcare professionals and their patients.
- Sponsor or donate funds to an activity that is affiliated with an allied healthcare group; one that promotes people in physical therapy jobs who are making a difference.
4 Million New Healthcare Jobs and Growing until 2016!
With the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a huge surge in physical therapy jobs, those who want to work in them should consider pursuing America’s best hospitals; these allied health professionals should also align talents with a premier staffing agency, one that offers free private housing, full benefits package and chance to earn up to six-figures in competitive therapy jobs. Call at 1-800-617-0608, or simply apply online! Travel Force Staffing is eager to help you make a huge difference, during National Allied Health Professionals Week and year round. Thanks for your continued commitment to excellence!
Find Health Tips and Cash Bonuses Here…
If you’re a physical therapist or student, you are likely aware that October is Physical Therapy Month. But this year it’s going to run a little longer. With a tip of the hat to active boomers, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is hosting a “50 Days 50 Ways” event by providing 50 tips on consecutive days. The health tips will run from October 1st through November 19th and will include strategies in injury prevention and fitness as well as encourage semi-active boomers to get active again.
Physical Therapists will play a big part in keeping aging boomers active and healthy over the next couple of decades. Musculoskeletal injuries such as tendinitis, bursitis, and arthritis will need to be treated and healed in active seniors. Bowlers, golfers, and other sport participants will require treatment for the knee, hip, back, shoulder, and neck injuries.
$3,000 Sign On Bonus for Physical Therapists
During Physical Therapy Month through December 31, 2012, Travel Force Staffing is offering a $3,000 sign on bonus to physical therapists on jobs nationwide. If you are seeking a physical therapy job, you may be interested in a travel career that allows you to work and explore the country. Or, perhaps, you’ve reached a point in your career where you are seeking a more challenging position, if so, there are thousands of Temporary and permanent positions to choose from.
Travel physical therapist jobs offer opportunities in hospital, outpatient centers, and rehabilitation facilities across the country. Flexible work schedules, competitive pay and benefits, bonuses, free private housing, and free health insurance are all part of the package. And as a Travel Force physical therapist, you can decide when and where you want to work. (Read: What is a Travel Therapist?)
Can you imagine spending the winter months in Miami, Hilton Head, or Hawaii? Or, maybe you enjoy the snow and would enjoy a few months in the mountains with ski trails waiting for you when your shift ends. How about exploring the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, relaxing in the quaintness of New England, golfing in Arizona, or enjoying the non-stop action of Las Vegas? Life, it has been said, is what you make of it. And with travel therapy jobs, the choices are yours to make.
If you would like to learn more about the benefits of a travel physical therapist, and how you can claim your $3,000 signing bonus, then visit us at Travel Force Staffing for more information. Or you can fan us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, network with us on LinkedIn, or sign up for RSS feeds on current physical therapy jobs.
Author Therapy Career Blogger | 09.20.2012 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Gadgets, Healthcare Industry Trends, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Product Reviews, Rehabilitation Therapy, Top Therapy Blogs, Video, WiiGolf
California Physical Therapists Play a Lot of Wii Golf.
Read About the Interactive Game That Is Changing Outcomes for Stroke Patients…
On the East Coast, the New York Times is talking about a therapy phenomenon taking off on the West Coast and other cities in the U.S; it’s an approach to helping physical therapy patients via Nintendo’s Wii Golf. Going strong for 2 years now at a Kaiser Permanente facility in Redwood, CA , Wii Golf is transforming therapy and recovery for stroke patients, who like the game so much they are motivated to come into the rehab center in their free time.
While Wii Sports offers boxing, baseball and tennis, it’s the golf that seems to provide patients the best opportunity at restoring range of motion, balance and gross motor skills. Physical therapists like incorporating Wii golf into patients’ routines, because it provides them with scores and immediate feedback. Here’s how it works: Wii players hold a wireless motion-sensitive wand in front of animated screens that simulate holes on a golf course; the result is a victory for PTs and patients alike because it’s so much fun; it also motivates the patient to strike beneficial poses that might have taken much longer using more traditional methods of physical therapy.
Good News for Sports Lovers Looking for California Physical Therapy Jobs
For physical therapists in California—the state in the U.S. now showing the highest posting of PT jobs—the Nintendo Wii has created cheering sections in outpatient units across the Golden State; and at the end of the day, the physical therapy goal behind it all is to keep patients active, less reliant on therapists and 100% committed to making a full recovery. The fun that goes with it is just a bonus!
If you’re an allied healthcare professional interested in physical and occupational therapy jobs, Travel Force Staffing is an experienced leader in placing talent in all 50 U.S. States. See what’s on the cutting edge of your field by calling 1-800-617-0608 or apply online today. PTs who found this story illuminating can read the New York Times story in full here, as well as click on cutting edge healthcare jobs and therapy gadgets.
Author Therapy Career Blogger | 08.07.2012 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, How to Tips, How To's, Physical Therapy, The Joint Commission Certification, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel physical therapy jobs, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist, Video
Information on how to join an Olympics host medical team
If you’re a physical therapist looking to join the who’s who in sports physical therapy, a position on the host medical team in the 2016 Olympics may be as golden an opportunity as they come. This year, 2012, the world watched and still watching athletes compete in London, and while that means the next summer Olympics is four years away, it also means the clock is ticking for therapists and doctors interested in joining the medical host team in Rio de Janeiro next go around. All the openings and job profiles are disclosed by the Organizing Committee in the Opportunities section of Rio2016.com. To register, send a CV to the electronic address indicated for each opening on Rio2016 Organizing Committee
If your profile does not match the requirements of any of the openings, you should wait for the announcement of other opportunities. Candidates will go through a process of selection conducted by Rio 2016. In the meantime, interested therapists should follow the Rio 2016 blog, updates on their Facebook page, and glean information from professionals in their fields who have done this kind of thing before, like New Jersey PT, Edison Au featured in this YouTube video.
An American PT talks about his experience about being selected as part of the core medical host team for the last winter games, watch video below.
As confirmed during Edison Au’s news interview, it takes two years to complete the application process, as well as time networking in systems that work with high performance athletes. Working in an Olympics host medical team also entails:
- Proving that medical services can be nicely coordinated in every country, for a variety of patients with different cultural backgrounds.
- Working amongst more than a dozen other therapists and doctors, and assisting visiting medical teams with routine therapy, emergency and trauma.
- The ability to provide physical therapy services at both practice sessions and competitions.
- An understanding that Olympians have a very small window to recover from injury, and must be helped immediately if they are to compete
If you’re a sports loving therapist with the background to prove it, like to work and travel abroad these are the starting steps you need to take to get started on your goal to be part of the Olympics medical team for 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Seek professional recommendations, specifically written about your potential as an Olympics medical host
- Submit to background and security checks on the organizing committee page of the Rio2016 website, linked to here.
- Have a game plan for how your full-time patients will thrive in your absence; PTs volunteer their services for at least 2 weeks.
- Learn a little Portuguese; the Rio2016 Olympic Games site has plenty of links to get you well on your way!
Travel Force Staffing Has the Golden Touch
Travel Force has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and specializes in placing talented therapists in the best rehab hospitals across America. Our recruiting experts are serious when it comes to finding the best career option(s) and placements for our allied professionals. For Physical Therapists with an outdoor lifestyle desire, like the natural beauty found in Rio or place like it— beautiful forests, beaches, and mountains—these are the things that therapy jobs in all 50 U.S. States have to offer.
Apply online or call 1-800-617-0608 for more information about high paying physical therapy jobs, great benefits, free private housing, and more. Our recruiters are standing by to help you achieve your personal best!
Related Blog: Physical Therapists Join the Olympic Team
Footnote: Just for the sports physical therapists’ and Olympics enthusiasts FYI: At Games time, a workforce of 4,000 people will have been hired by the Organizing Committee, plus 70,0000 volunteers and 35,00 collaborators working for contractors. You can get a direct link to who provided sports medicine at the 2012 games.
Author Therapy Career Blogger | 07.30.2012 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Healthcare Industry Trends, How to Tips, Physical Therapist Jobs, Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers
EMR for Physical Therapists
Electronic Medical Records, or EMR, is an integral part patient care reflecting both the needs and specialties of the physical therapists on staff. How do healthcare employers choose the EMR system that will fit their needs? Learn the tips here on what to look for in an EMR system should you wish to start or join a private physical therapy center in the future.
5 Essential Tips for Choosing an EMR that Keeps a Physical Therapy Job Humming
- Tip #1: Look beyond the one-size fits all solution; your office will thrive with a system that is tailored specifically to patient and therapist needs.
- Tip#2: Keep costs low by shopping around for a free or affordable EMR that doesn’t bind with annual contracts or monthly fees. Experts recommend In Touch EMR, released by Ritika Gulrajani, PT, DPT.
- Tip #3: Make sure it’s easy to use: Look for an interface that members of the rehab team can use intuitively, avoiding a big learning curve that detracts from quality time with patients.
- Tip #4: Ask yourself what and how much an EMR should do: What do you hope to accomplish in your physical therapy job? It may surprise you to know that the right office software not only helps you attain these goals, but conceive of them too.
- Tip #5: Prioritize tech support: When special features can enhance your EMR, you need to know. Look for a system that provides vendors, support and upgrades.
PTs with a keen interest in health care technology, physical therapy career choices and the option of a private practice can get the full scoop from this article about finding the best EMR. They can also review a checklist of critical things to consider (before adopting an EMR) by clicking this EMR news link.
Share Your High Tech Stories Here
If your physical therapy job has been positively or even adversely affected by the electronic medical records adopted by your healthcare employer, we want to know and hope you’ll leave your comments here. Contact us today for instant access to cutting edge recruitment technology, therapy career resources, news, and information.
Travel Force Staffing™ provides recruitment solutions for America’s top rated rehabilitation hospitals, outpatient and Rehab centers, skilled nursing facilities, and private therapy practices located in all 50 U.S. states. Our experienced team of staffing experts place physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, per diem staff and other allied healthcare professionals into therapy careers nationwide.
Author Healthcare Jobs Blogger | 07.23.2012 | Category Allied Healthcare, Career Tips, Locations, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Therapy, Therapist Jobs, Therapist Jobs Postings, Therapy Jobs, Top Rehab Careers, Top Therapy Blogs, Travel Nurse Blog, Travel Therapist, Traveling Therapist
Find Travel Occupational Therapy Jobs located right in your Hometown
It’s is a myth that all travel healthcare jobs require practitioners to pack up family, move away from friends and travel cross country. No, there may be travel jobs posted right in your hometown where you live now that are better aligned with your personal and professional needs. In fact, many of these occupational therapy jobs may offer mortgage and rent subsidies and come with superior benefits.
Then again, for occupational therapists inclined to try something new and different, traveling therapy jobs in Texas, California, Pennsylvania or Florida may be what you’re looking for in life and career. Take a minute to ask yourself the following five questions. They’ll give you a good idea of whether occupational travel therapy jobs are for you and if you have what it takes to hit the road running.
- Is there more to life than work?
- Am I adventurous?
- Am I a fast learner?
- Am I independent?
- Do I want to downsize?
1. Is there more to life than work?
You inherently care for others and are selfless, giving and compassionate, so you made a conscientious decision to pursue an occupational therapy career. But does your career define you? Do you long to visit new places, meet new faces and wake up to neighbors who are welcoming, vibrant and conversational? Will travel occupational therapy jobs help you get back to your hobbies and spend more time with friends and family?
2. Am I adventurous?
What if I moved to Southern California, Florida, Seattle or New York City to work for a year or more? Alaska, the Midwest or Maine …oh the stories I could share. Climb Mt. McKinley? I’m in; Camp along the Rio Grande? Where do I pitch my tent?
3. Am I a fast learner?
You have to be pretty good at what you to qualify for traveling occupational therapy jobs. Ask yourself, “Do I have what it takes to adapt to new environments quickly, make sound clinical decisions and grasp new techniques on the fly? Can I explain to others why I do what I do? Am I good at following through?”
4. Am I independent?
Before you accept an assignment in Sunny Fort Lauderdale, cozy Colorado or the fast pace of Los Angeles or New York City you need to be sure you want to pursue occupational therapy jobs where people hail from diverse backgrounds and belief systems. Ask yourself if you’re a leader or a follower? Do you practice high ethical standards? Are you accountable?
5. Do I want to downsize?
When was the last time you left your comfort zone? Not to mention the bills that go along with it? Imagine, free housing, free health insurance, above average pay and 401(k). It’s almost like you would be getting paid to travel while having occupational therapy jobs on the side. You would save money, have fun, learn new things and grow one serious Facebook page.
Whether you’re in it for the money, the lifestyle, career advancement or sheer fun of it, traveling occupational therapist jobs appeal to graduates fresh out school and to permanent staffers who want to jumpstart their careers. Call Travel Force today at 1-800-617-0608 or apply online.
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