How to Begin Your Career in Traveling Physical Therapy
Have you always wanted to travel more? Do you want to expand your skills as a physical therapist? Well, you can combine them both by beginning a career in travel physical therapy. Read on to learn about the many perks of a career in travel physical therapy.
A career in traveling physical therapy is a great opportunity for you to:
- Expand your skills
- Grow your resume
- Try new specialties
- Become more versatile
- Temporarily live and work in a new environment
- Obtain benefits including travel and housing reimbursement, 401K, health and dental insurance, and very often higher pay
Traveling physical therapy also presents opportunities for:
- New graduates to work without experience and may finding themselves surrounded by positive mentors and future references
- You to expand your network within the physical therapy community and or larger organizations which can positively influence your career growth and open doors in the long term
How can you ensure success in a travel assignment?
Start by being open to change and draw upon these skills for the best experiences.
- Be knowledgeable
- Practice what you have learned, become proficient in the skills you have already obtained through your education and clinical experiences
- Have a high level of intellectual curiosity – stay current with in our professional literature, observe and learn from your colleagues and peers, seek out CEU’s on a regular basis
- Be a strong communicator and practice active listening. Take your time listening to the patient’s history. Repeat back what you think they said to you. When educating the patient and family, ask them what they heard you say.
- Take care of yourself – remember to practice what you preach. Ensure you drink enough water, practice good sleep hygiene, and make take to get in your own physical activity.
- Be positive! Regardless of the environment you are working in, you decide if you are happy or not by choosing to see things in a positive light.
- Go out on the weekends and explore your new environment!