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4 reasons to become an SLP in an outpatient setting

If you’re a Speech and Language Pathologist looking for a change may consider a switch in your professional setting. The drive and compassion you put into every work day can help you feel the job satisfaction you’ve been craving for years.

The opportunity for speech-language pathologists in outpatient settings is booming across the country. Read on to learn why you should consider this career:

1. It’s already a growing career

If you’re interested in pursuing a career that’s projected to explode with job opportunities over the next decade, speech-language pathology is a route worth exploring. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunity for speech-language therapists is expected to grow 18 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is a rate that’s faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is expected because there’s a predicted need for care for aging baby boomers, the second-largest generation in the country. That means there will likely be more speech- or language-impaired health conditions to care for, inclining the need for traditional and travel SLPs across the U.S.

2. There’s more than one kind of Outpatient setting

Just like you get to visit different areas of the country, travel SLPs can work in various outpatient clinical settings. Outpatient settings, also known as ambulatory care, refer to any place that doesn’t require or have the capacity for an overnight stay, such as a hospital. Examples of care settings you can take on a travel therapist assignment include the home of the individual you’re caring for, emergency departments, primary care physicians offices, community health clinics, urgent care clinics, specialized outpatient clinics and even pharmacies.

3. Get a diverse clientele

As an SLP, there’s an opportunity to work with a variety of age groups. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, most adults (24 percent) seeking therapy in outpatient settings range between 70 and 79 years old, but if you have a preference, you can also work with teens, young adults and middle-aged individuals. Additionally, pediatric clients seen in outpatient clinics are made up of 18 percent infants, 31 percent pre-school toddlers and 30 percent school-age kids.

4. Broader opportunity to make a positive impact

Outpatient volumes are expected to increase by 15% through 2022, according to Sg2 predictions. With this growth, you’ll make a major impact on people’s lives. Whether you’re helping a child learn non-verbal social cues, assisting a teen in getting rid of stutter or aiding an aging adult who’s having trouble communicating with his or her family, you’ll gain broader experience in a field that is only growing.

If you’re on the fence about pursuing a career as a travel SLP , keep in mind your commitment is traditionally just 3 months (13 weeks) in an outpatient setting. So, no commitment necessary. Want some advice? Visit us here and we’ll answer any question you have.

The fight to save rural hospitals

Rural hospitals play a critical role in the health care landscape, providing accessible coverage for residents of hard to reach, isolated communities. Mounting data is showing that these essential organizations, however, are at risk of becoming extinct.

The facts 

The data about the closure of rural hospitals is sobering. Recent research has found that:

  • 673 rural hospitals across 42 states are at risk of closing in the U.S., according to a report from iVantage Health Analytics.
  • 355 of these hospitals are in communities with “great health disparities,” or areas with high risk of medical conditions.
  • These closures would result in 99,000 health care jobs lost.  Read More

2017 Changes in the Home Health Therapy Field You Should Know About

Any therapist considering entering the home health field should be aware of important changes happening in the industry. Right now, the major issue of focus is the proposal of the home health groupings model, or HHGM. This new payment model rolled out by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services represents a dynamic shift in how patient care is organized and how home health care providers are reimbursed. If ultimately approved, HHGM would be required to go into effect at the start of calendar year 2019. Here are some more details on several areas of the model that would impact home health therapy:

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

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, Read More

Are wearable robots the future of physical therapy?

Technology in the health care sector is often much more advanced than that on the consumer market. In fact, it was as far back as 2002 that a team of surgeons in New York used a pair of robotic appendages and an internet connection to operate on a patient in Strasbourg, some 8,700 miles away, according to a study found in the National Library of Medicine. As the health care industry uses more and more advanced technology, wearable tech might just be the next step. This is especially likely in the realm of physical therapy.

Basic wearables

Many people already use basic forms of wearable technology every day. The most common piece of wearable tech is probably the activity tracker – a watch-like device that records steps taken, calories burned and sometimes even sleeping patterns. Read More