The holiday season has officially arrived. While normally a time filled with cheer and excitement, you may be feeling a bit different this year while traveling on a therapy assignment. With your family back home celebrating, it might seem more difficult to get into the holiday spirit. Don’t let this get the best of you – there are ways to cope with being away during the holidays and still ensure you enjoy the season. To ease the stress or strong feelings that come with working away from family during the holidays, consider the following tips: 1. Reserve a seat at a local community theater production If you’re looking for a nostalgic activity that’ll help you get into the Christmas spirit, head to a local theater for a production of one of your holiday favorites. This time of year, many theaters in towns near you put up their own version
During November, most of the population is preparing for the holidays and the start of a new year. But did you know it’s Native American Heritage Month? According to the National Congress of American Indians, November is a time to celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and historical events of Native Americans. As a travel therapist, you have the opportunity to meet many unique individuals of various cultures. Understanding the beliefs and values of each cultural group can help you provide the most valuable care while treating each individual with respect. This month, let’s take a closer look at some of the potential challenges – plus solutions – for travel speech and language therapists, physical therapists and occupational therapists working with Native Americans: Historical insight Due to the historical oppression of indigenous people, many Native American clients may find it difficult to trust in his or her therapist. When the No.
Now that the trick-or-treaters have gone it’s the perfect time as a traveling therapist to get out and enjoy some of the fun outdoor activities that bring out the nostalgia and cure the homesickness. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to get to know some of your coworkers or other travel therapists nearby. Add these festive events to your agenda this month: 1. Go on a ghost walk through town Whether you’re on assignment along the West Coast, practicing in New England or making way down south, there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy the crisp fall air on a ghost walk through America’s most haunted cities. According to Time Out, some of the best ghost tours are in Savannah, New York City and San Francisco. 2. Visit a pumpkin patch Looking for the perfect pumpkin to transform into a pie or decorate your front porch? Grab a few friends and
Let’s refresh on what a compact privilege is, get an update on participating states and benefits of having compact privilege: What is a compact privilege? According to the Federation of State Board of Physical Therapy, compact privilege is the ability to work in compact member state other than the one you reside in. To have compact privilege, a physical therapist must have a license in his or her home state and have no disciplinary action against the license for at least two years, among other criteria. Once the licensed physical therapist receives compact privilege, he or she is eligible to begin practicing in the other compact states. What are the participating states? According to PT Compact (at the time of this article), Oregon, North Dakota, Missouri, Mississippi, Utah and Tennessee are currently issuing compact privileges and are considered PT Compact Member States. In Pennsylvania, PT Compact legislation has been introduced. The following states
Moving once a year can be frustrating, but traveling therapists often go through the moving process every 13 weeks. Having to pack and unpack your life every three months or so can be a challenging part of working as a travel therapist. Luckily, there are many hacks that can make packing and unpacking faster and easier. Check these out next time you move for an assignment: 1. Make a master moving checklist Lists are your best friend when it comes to managing a move – they corral lots of important information so it’s not all bouncing around your head! Have a master moving checklist that contains everything you need to do to carry out your move successfully, from renting a moving truck to having your mail forwarded.