How to avoid talking politics while on assignment

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Apr 13, 2017 10:03:58 AM
Use these tips to avoid getting roped into political discussions or debates.

It feels impossible to escape talking politics after the last election cycle. There may even be changes coming within the health care field, so it can feel top of mind when you're at work or speaking with patients. However, in a survey of 500 employees from a range of workplaces, half of them saw discussions evolve into political arguments. We are, overall, consuming more information about politics and as a result, are finding ourselves eager to talk about them. If you're tempted to take part in political discussions at work, try these tricks for avoiding these types of conversations:

Keep conversations positive

Making small talk about current events is one thing, but to prevent conversations from veering into politically charged topics (especially if it's a patient that's becoming impassioned) try to defuse the situation before it escalates. 

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Topics: Traveling Advice

Top destinations for beach loving therapists

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Mar 10, 2017 10:02:00 AM
Enjoy the sunset on these magnificent beaches.
Take an assignment near one of these top beaches.

It's easy to get a case of the blues in the midst of winter. Lucky for traveling therapists, you can escape to the beach on assignment! Whether you're working at a hospital or an outpatient facility, you can help patients or clients while taking the time to enjoy the beach. While most people think of Hawaii when it comes to pristine beaches, we found you more places in the U.S. to explore. Here are the top locations around the U.S. if you're hankering for some sunshine and waves:

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

U.S. News and World Report rated it as one the top 5 beaches in the U.S. And who could blame it?

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Topics: Traveling Advice, Best Places to Travel

How you can give back as a travel therapist

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Mar 8, 2017 2:39:24 PM
Here's how to make the most of your volunteer experience.
Giving back can provide a positive boost and provide the chance to learn more about the community

Becoming a travel therapist can give you the opportunity to work in neighboring communities to your own for several months. Some therapists love exploring the local food scene or checking out the latest museum exhibits. However, giving back can provide a positive boost and provide the chance to learn more about the community you're working with. Check out these tips for making the most of your volunteering experience: 

Find an issue that you care about

This can run the gamut from helping a local official run for office to working for a non-profit arts program with students.

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Topics: Traveling Advice

Black History Month: How a Physical Therapist's work helped WWII soldiers and changed forensic science

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Feb 21, 2017 11:37:41 AM
Bessie Blount's work started with paralyzed WWII soldiers.

In honor of Black History Month, we're celebrating the significant contributions Bessie Blount Griffin made to the fields of physical therapy, nursing and forensic science. 

Driven to succeed

Born in 1914, Blount was born in Virginia, receiving only a sixth-grade education. Undeterred, she self-taught on a range of subjects, completing a GED and earning an acceptance into college for nursing, according to The Star-Ledger. After finishing her studies,

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Industry News

Occupational therapist's guide to Philly

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Feb 15, 2017 8:02:00 AM
Run up the steps like Rocky.
Run up the steps like Rocky.

If you're spending Valentine's Day in the city of Brotherly Love, there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the area. Check out the list below for top sites in Philadelphia:

Go back in time

History buffs flock to this city to learn more about icons like The Liberty Bell and The Declaration of Independence. But if you want to walk through history, stop in to the Eastern State Penitentiary. See where Al Capone was housed and step through a real cell meant to elicit regret for a crime.

Shop local

The Reading Terminal Market is an expansive indoor market that offers one-of-a-kind foods.

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Topics: Occupational Therapy, Best Places to Travel