3 Ways Travel Therapists Can Stay In Touch With Family and Friends

Staying in contact with friends and family while on a travel assignment is easier now than ever before. Today’s technology includes so many options to keep in touch that you never have to feel like you’re missing out on what’s going on back home. Travel therapists are constantly out and about and it can be difficult to provide consistent updates to your loved ones. Here are a few ways you can stay in touch with family while you’re on a travel assignment.

Phone Calls and Text

Although “Just text me” has become a phrase that’s becoming more popular by the minute, a phone call allows you to hear a loved one’s voice. Phone calls can also be the perfect way to gush about what kind of work you’ve been doing. Bluetooth is great for hands-free-conversation on the go.

When you, your friend, or family member can’t find time to speak on the phone, texting can be the perfect solution for quick conversations and updates. It’s an easy way to let them know you’re doing ok and you can even tell them when you’ll be available for a full conversation.

Use Social Media

Social media is an easy way to stay in touch with all of your friends and family. Quick status updates, pictures, and videos can be shared to all of them at the touch of a button. A few great social media apps are:

  • Instagram – photos and videos, and live videos
  • Facebook – status updates, photos, live video
  • Snapchat – quick photos, videos
  • Twitter – great for quick status updates and socializing

Try to Video Chat

The closest thing to being in the same room with someone is video chatting. A lot of video chat apps are available on mobile devices. Here are a few of the more popular ones:

  • FaceTime – only available on iOS
  • Google Hangouts
  • Skype
  • ooVoo

Some apps even let you have group chats. Make sure to set up your accounts before you travel so they can be ready to go!

Most importantly, you should try your best to make time for communication. Your family and friends care about you and love to hear that you are well. It might seem hard at first but with a little practice, you’ll be updating your friends and family more often than ever before. If you’re looking for your next travel assignment, check out our job listings page. Remember to keep in touch after you’ve found the position that’s right for you.

Top 3 Nursing Certifications to Increase Your Value

Becoming a registered nurse is no small feat and you should be proud of your accomplishment. The next step is to find the healthcare field that allows you to put your acquired skills and passion for nursing to good use. Your job as an applicant is to market yourself in a way that sets you apart from your peers and piques the interests of a hiring manager. One thing that you and every other applicant will have in common is a college degree, but what sets you apart? Having particular nursing certifications can increase your value, make you more marketable, and give you more leeway in contract negotiation. Continue reading “Top 3 Nursing Certifications to Increase Your Value”

When is it Time for Permanent Placement?

Life as a travel nurse could be all that you expected it to be and more. You are enjoying the time spent at various cities nationwide and it feels like a dream come true. You have the freedom to spend months at a time at quality hospitals while pursuing your passion of healthcare. This may all be true, but it is possible you’re considering permanent placement.  This can be a big change for a travel nurse who has been on the road for years. You may be wondering “How is it possible to know when to seek permanent placement?” Allow us to help. Continue reading “When is it Time for Permanent Placement?”

Can This Anatomy App Help You As A Physical Therapist?

We are officially in the digital age if you haven’t realized it yet. Everything is either being digitized or aided by digital technology and the healthcare industry is no exception. One of the most innovative technologies to date is the cell phone and its mobile applications have forever changed how we use them. There is one anatomy app in particular that can possibly be a great benefit to physical therapists nationwide: the Muscle Premium mobile app. Continue reading “Can This Anatomy App Help You As A Physical Therapist?”

How to Take Charge of Your Nursing Career

The road to becoming a nurse can be an arduous journey. Even after figuring out what kind of nurse you want to be, without a long-term career goal your path may have no clear direction. Some of the most satisfied nurses have a plan that helps them find that direct path to a promising nursing career. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your career goals. Continue reading “How to Take Charge of Your Nursing Career”

Top 5 Things to do in Seattle as a Travel Therapist

Travel therapy can be one of the most exciting and rewarding healthcare careers. You have the ability to travel to various parts of the country and work at many different healthcare facilities doing what you love. Seattle has quickly become a popular destination for travelers and easily one of the top cities to visit because of its many attractions. Is your next travel therapy assignment in Seattle? Make sure experience all of these attractions while you’re there.

Harbor Cruise

What better way to experience a new waterfront city than enjoying a relaxing cruise? This one-hour narrated cruise will provide you with incomparable views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Take out your camera and catch snapshots of the local wildlife like the California sea lions and harbor seals. A peaceful cruise can be exactly what you need to get acclimated to a new environment.

Space Needle

You can’t visit Seattle and not venture to the top of the Space Needle. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from 520 feet up and take in the breathtaking view of this unique city. Put the camera down for a while and savor some fine dining at the Sky City Restaurant. No experience will compare to your trip to the Space Needle while on assignment as a travel therapist.

Museum of History & Industry

The Museum of History & Industry is a must-visit attraction in Seattle. The museum holds documents, structures, and exhibits which detail the history of the city and the role it served in American History. Learn about the culture of your new temporary home with a fun trip to the museum.

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned glass artist whose work is displayed in over 200 museums worldwide. This 4,500 feet glass and steel structure known as the Glasshouse encases some of his best work and is only steps away from the Space Needle. You can even take a step outside and go for a stroll through the botanical garden which also doubles as an exhibit of Mr. Chihuly’s immaculate creations.

Pacific Science Center

Do your adventures as a travel therapist include children? They will love the Pacific Science Center. The beautifully designed center allows children to fully immerse themselves in the latest technologies while expanding their math and science skills. There is also a massive IMAX theatre that climbs 6 stories high and with 12,000 watts of surround sound.

Travel therapy is one of the most rewarding careers as it allows you to travel to foreign destinations while utilizing your skills to help people across the country. Are you interested in a career in travel therapy, but do not know where to start? Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing company that provides skilled nurses with travel therapy opportunities nationwide. Visit our job listings page for a full outline of healthcare opportunities across the country.

Finding the Best Nursing Shoes

Nurses are one of many professionals whose job requires them to be on their feet for an extended period of time. A 2006 study published in MEDSURG Nursing concluded that the average nurse walks 4-5 miles during a 12-hour shift while most Americans walk up to 3 miles in an average 18-hour day. For the amount of time they spend on their feet alone, the type of shoes a nurse wears is crucial. Not only must they be comfortable, but they also need to be safe for the work environment. We have highlighted what you should consider when finding the best nursing shoe. Continue reading “Finding the Best Nursing Shoes”

Ardor Health Certified as a Great Place to Work for the Third Year In a Row

Ardor Health Solutions has been certified as a great workplace for the third year in a row! Ardor Health Solutions earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys.

A copy of the review can be found here: http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/ardor-health-solutions.

This review is based on 72 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.55.

“We applaud Ardor Health Solutions for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Kim Peters, Executive Vice President of Great Place to Work’s Certification Program. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace – critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with Ardor Health Solutions should take into account as an indicator of high performance.”

Managing Stress During Your Healthcare Job Search

A career in healthcare can be gratifying in many different ways. You have the unique opportunity to help people in ways that will have an everlasting impact on their life. You may be very eager to get started working in the field but just cannot find an opportunity to do so. Stress is natural during this period, but it is important that you do not allow it to overcome your spirit. There are three common emotions you may feel as a result of the stress. Knowing how to properly manage these emotions can give you the confidence needed to keep hope alive. Continue reading “Managing Stress During Your Healthcare Job Search”