5 Rewarding Advantages of Being A Nurse

Work isn’t always about the salary. Many people want to find a career that they find personally fulfilling. Nurses have the opportunity to work in an environment where they can make a difference in the world, while making enough to support themselves, their family, and have enough leftover for a night out. What are the advantages of a nursing job that make it so rewarding? Continue reading “5 Rewarding Advantages of Being A Nurse”

5 Study Tips For The Nursing Licensure Exam

Not everyone is a great test-taker, but even people with testing anxiety can prepare themselves for the nursing licensure exam. Your brain is a muscle. Like any other muscle it needs conditioning through practice. The hardest part of running a marathon shouldn’t be the marathon itself, but preparing for the event. The same line of thinking applies to the nursing licensure exam. Continue reading “5 Study Tips For The Nursing Licensure Exam”

Going To The 2017 TSHA Convention? Here’s What You Need To Know!

Ardor Health is excited to be attending the 2017 TSHA Convention in Austin, TX! Will you be at the convention between February 23rd-25th? If so, then feel free to stop by and enter to win a free Apple Watch! We’ve also gathered a few tidbits of information for you so you can be primed and ready to get the most out of the conference!

  • The 2017 TSHA Convention will be held at the Austin Convention Center in Texas on Feb  23rd –25th.
  • TSHA is expecting more than 4,500 attendees! There will be a mix of Audiologists, SLP, CFY and speech language and hearing scientists and students.
  • The TSHA Convention offers education sessions, graduate school fair & career fair, Exhibit Hall, Student Luncheon, and Leadership Seminars
  • The Convention registration includes attendance to the strongest educational programs offering CEU-qualified education sessions. TSHA continuing education hours can be used towards the renewal of Texas SLP license and professional development activities for the maintenance of the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)
  • Ardor Health’s booth is #636, near the exhibitor’s lounge – Please feel free to stop by and grab some free goodies and enter to win an Apple Watch! Robbi, Ernsarlinde, and Ashley will be there to greet you!

We can’t wait to see everyone there! Travel safe!

5 Tips for Traveling Therapists Handling Homesickness

Despite its name, homesickness usually does not stem from feelings of home. The mood more commonly sets in when yearning for the regular social interactions you enjoyed with your family and friends. Once the excitement of traveling to a new place cools down, many people feel homesickness creeping in. The good news is that because the experience isn’t connected to home itself, you can tackle the melancholy no matter where you are. If you work in travel therapy, take a look at some of the following tips to help cure your homesickness. Continue reading “5 Tips for Traveling Therapists Handling Homesickness”

Common Questions in a Medical Job Interview

The process of getting a job in the medical field can be long, tedious, and stressful. When an employer agrees to schedule an interview with you, how can you prepare? While medical job interviews are not that much different from interviewing in other professions, they do have their own unique questions not found anywhere else. These inquiries analyze how your knowledge and personal qualities can contribute to the position. If you are a nurse, therapist, or other traveling health practitioner, these are some of the questions you should expect for your medical job interview. Continue reading “Common Questions in a Medical Job Interview”

How to Transfer Your Occupational Therapist License to Another State

When you study to qualify for an occupational therapist license, every state will have unique requirements. These conditions are small enough that you won’t have to do anything drastically different to receive certification. At the same time, they do mean that every state has a transfer process. Depending on where you go, the time it takes to move will depend on your verifications, the score you received from The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) exam, and whether you need to provide transcripts or continuing education units (CEU). Continue reading “How to Transfer Your Occupational Therapist License to Another State”

3 Ways To Communicate Better With Patients

The classroom environment is great for learning the techniques you use daily as part of your career, but often lack the personal touch that many patients need. If you are a new nurse, physical therapist, or other health care worker, you may be having some difficulty talking to patients. You explain to them what needs to be done, what you’re prescribing, or the long-term plan and the patient responds with an empty – or scared – stare. You’re not alone. Continue reading “3 Ways To Communicate Better With Patients”

Finding Your Healthcare Job After Graduation

After many long hours of sleepless nights, studying at a book, and taking notes in class, you finally did it. The days of college life are over and now it’s time to get started on your career. Fresh out of school, many students like you find themselves less prepared than they thought they would be to find a job. The stress of getting good grades makes it easy forget about what should happen next when the hustle is over. Many health graduates simply need to look over what paths they can take and decide which is the best fit for their skills. Luckily, since the medical field is growing fast, more health care career options are available than ever. Take a look at some of them below:

Medical Lab Technician

If you’re looking to keep your work behind a desk, medical lab technicians perform most of their duties away from the busy hospital environment. These employees often analyze and test samples of blood, tissue, urine, and more. They often work closely with physicians to discuss what the results of these tests mean, and sometimes take the samples from the patients themselves. Not all states require a license to work as a medical lab technician.

Registered Nurse

Some may view registered nurses as the hospital’s life-force. They work close with patients and their families, providing personalized attention and emotional support that physicians cannot supply. As a registered nurse, you can choose work environment options outside of the hospital, including schools and primary nursing care facilities. Some nurses choose more specialized roles, such as critical nurses who spend most of their time in the intensive care unit (ICU) or licensed practical nurses who mainly work in clinics and private residences.

Medical Assistant

If you are looking for a healthcare career that leans toward the administrative side, a medical assistant (or, eventually, medical secretary) is tasked with making sure the wheels keep turning in the clinic. They are often in charge of keeping appointments scheduled and running on time, answering phones and welcoming guests, working to make sure insurance information is up to date, and they accomplish minor medical tasks like measuring blood pressure. Employers prefer it when those who apply for a medical assistant job can provide a program certificate.

Health Information Technician

The health information technician (HIT) is in charge of ensuring the quality and accuracy of every document that flows throughout the hospital. They usually don’t work closely with patients, but are in constant communication with registered nurses and other professionals to make sure that all information is available, precise, and secure. Most employers want to see professional certification when you apply for a position.

You are most likely more than aware that healthcare work goes beyond the typical check-ups and life-changing surgeries we often see on tv shows. Just because you graduated doesn’t mean your time to learn has come to an end. In fact, you are getting closer to putting your knowledge to the test, learning and applying your skills, and learning what role you can play in the healthcare field. If you’re looking for a career that will not only play to your strengths, but will allow you to explore the country, take a look at our constantly updating, traveling healthcare positions.

4 Tips for Handling a Long Shift

Health workers are human. Everyone needs to eat, sleep, and have some time for themselves, but it’s difficult to adhere to a set routine when you are caught up in the typical hospital work environment. Long shifts can be a common occurrence at work, so we put together several tips you can use to survive the day (or night) while offering the best quality care to your patients.

Prepare Your Body Days in Advance

If you are working a long shift that messes with your sleeping schedule, you will want to prepare your body for the sudden switch in circadian rhythms. That means changing what time you go to bed and what time you wake up at least three days beforehand. While you will always feel a little off during long working hours, it will be far better than feeling dazed or loopy.

Drink Water

Many people already have trouble keeping themselves hydrated on a regular day. In a high-stress situation like a long shift, you will most likely be walking all over the hospital or clinic expected to focus for hours at a time. Water is an excellent way to keep your energy up and to stay focused. Make sure you also bring real food with you. A big bag of chips may sound convenient at first, but you know better than anyone that having a natural meal will do wonders for your mood. In the long run, salty and sugary foods often end up harming more than helping.

Make the Most of Your Breaks

Whether it is a favorite song, a good book, or meditating in an out-of-the-way room, everyone has their method to help them relax. Find what your favorite activity is and take the time to reward yourself during the brief break in the middle of a long shift. Avoid the more stressful media like action movies or high energy games. Anything that requires intense focus or puts you on alert ends up missing the point of why you’re taking a break in the first place. If you are keen to napping, a 20-minute nap break during a 10-hour shift can help with your performance for the second half of your work.

Plan a Pickup

At the end of everything, you will be tired. Although driving while tired may not sound as dangerous as drunk driving, it still leads to hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries every year. Don’t risk hurting yourself on the road, especially when you may be on edge after working for several hours straight. Ask a friend to pick you up when you finish, plan out bus routes, or call a taxi or other service to drive you home.

Working a long shift in the hospital will never be easy for most people. While there may be some nurses out there who love the challenge, it’s important to keep in mind that you are doing the work to help others feel better. Remember to take care of yourself and look out for signs where you may need to sit down for five minutes. If you are a travel nurse who needs a change in working environment, take a look at our list of available travel nursing openings throughout the country.


Ardor Health’s January Traveler of the Month!

We love taking the time to recognize Ardor Health’s inspirational and dedicated travelers, which is why we are proud to announce Ardor Health’s January Traveler of the Month, Jeannie!

Jeannie is an SLP and has been on contract with Ardor Health in schools for 3 years! Miranda is her recruiter and says she is a loyal traveler and a great lady!  She adopted 2 special needs kids of her own many years back and has a passion for the students she treats.

So let’s learn a little bit more about Jeannie!

1. What’s your favorite part about being a travel SLP?

My favorite part of being a traveler is the assignment setting and duration flexibility, followed closely by the myriad travel options.  I have had a chance to make friends all over the place!

2. Is there a location that you haven’t visited yet that you hope to see one day?

Since I started working as a traveling SLP, I have worked in the United Kingdom and Ireland; and traversed the U.S. from Juneau, AK to  Charlotte, NC and from Burlington, NH to Calexico, CA as the name implies, on the U.S. Mexico border.

Between vacation and travel assignments, I have been afforded the opportunity to visit all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada, and quite a bit of Mexico.  I usually choose my assignments based upon proximity to family and friends or places I’ve wanted to live.  I’ve been an SLP for 36 years, traveling for the last 23.  I can’t really think of any place here that I have yet to discover that I had on my list.  It’s a good thing new places and people bring charm and surprises of their own!

3. What do you like to do in your free time?

I love visiting, day trips, cooking classes, when I can find them, swimming, and an occasional day at a spa.

4. You just came home from a long day of work, what meal would really hit the spot?

Leftovers are great on long hard days because I don’t have to do much to be ready for dinner.

5. What’s your dream car and why?

I get to drive my dream car!  Amazingly, it’s a 2010 Chevy Traverse.  My only complaint is the gas mileage. This car has only required routine maintenance; over 164 K miles and I’ve only had to replace a few sets of tires, a battery, windshield wipers &  headlights.  I only replaced the timing chain because it had so many miles on it and my current position requires 600-800 miles a week in very rural country.