Top 5 Places for a Summer Healthcare Assignment

Are you considering a traveling nurse or therapy assignment this summer? We’ve narrowed down five of the best warm-weather destinations for travel nurses and therapists to keep in mind. Based on their excellent weather, access to cultural attractions, and availability of assignments in world-class healthcare facilities, these are the five destinations you should consider for your summer assignment.

Baltimore, Maryland

This charming East Coast city is a great place to be if you want to work at a renowned research institution like Johns Hopkins University. Baltimore also offers diverse neighborhoods, a bustling waterfront district with gourmet restaurants and shops, and highly-rated attractions like the National Aquarium. It’s also just an hour from Washington, DC, and just over an hour from Philadelphia.

Portland, Oregon

Warm temperatures that never hit sweltering, a bike-friendly environment, and tons of quaint bookstores and coffee shops make Portland a hit with travel nurses and therapists who are craving adventure. You can easily take day trips to both the mountains and the ocean. Best of all, travel assignments at facilities such as the VA Medical Center are plentiful.

Houston, Texas

Houston is the ideal travel nursing destination if you want to learn more about cutting-edge cancer care. The city’s MD Anderson Cancer Center is a research hub for this illness. You’ll also find plenty of nightlife, a thriving theater district, and easy access to some of the best beaches in the United States.

Palo Alto, California

Featuring all the benefits of San Francisco without the exorbitant costs, Palo Alto offers a vibrant lifestyle just minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge. Palo Alto is also an excellent location for anyone who loves to explore nature, with proximity to Muir Woods and Yosemite National Forest. You’ll also find excellent job opportunities at facilities like Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.

San Diego, California

If you dream of the southern California lifestyle, consider taking a travel assignment in San Diego, the city that has it all. From stellar hiking to famous attractions like Legoland and the San Diego Zoo, you’ll never have a shortage of fun activities to try. This city is also home to many highly-rated hospitals, including the University of California-San Diego Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente.

Working in one of these five locations across the U.S. is sure to give you the most out of your summer assignment. Whether it’s east coast or west coast, it’s always wise to choose a job that you love. Ardor Health Solutions can help place you in healthcare positions across the nation with ease. Contact us to learn about our staffing opportunities.

Don’t Forget to Plan for Emergencies on your Next Travel Assignment

Being a travel nurse is a tough job – and it gets even tougher when you’re faced with an emergency while on assignment. As a travel nurse, you’re likely already a quick thinker and a good planner. However, you should consider these checklists to make sure you’re prepared in case the worst happens.

Depending on where in the world you are, getting access to your documents, financial paperwork, and other vital items might not be so easy. Here’s an easy way to prep and plan for any emergency while you’re on the road.

Driving Accidents Can Happen When You’re a Travel Nurse

Automobile accidents happen all over the world, unfortunately. The best thing you can do before you go on assignment is research the driving laws, traffic violations, and parking rules of the area that you’re going. Also:

  • Have your car checked before heading out on the road and get any necessary repairs to prevent you from having to find a mechanic in an unfamiliar town on short notice.
  • Make sure your car registration, driver’s license, and insurance policies are up to date
  • Purchase a roadside assistance membership in case you get a flat tire or need a tow
  • Pack an emergency car kit that includes blankets, a first aid kit, water bottles, jumper cables, a small fire extinguisher, a mobile phone charger, flashlight, road flares, ponchos, and a multi-purpose tool

Don’t forget to replace any emergency items once you’ve used them!

Natural Disaster Preparedness

A natural disaster can strike at any moment, and these are often some of the most dangerous situations travel nurses find themselves in.

  • Once you start your assignment, identify the emergency exits near your workstation
  • Familiarize yourself with the facility’s evacuation plan
  • Keep your cell phone nearby whenever possible
  • Pack protein bars and water that you can access in an emergency
  • Understand hospital protocol designed to keep staff and patients safe
  • Take advantage of all emergency videos and training modules provided by the facility where you’re working

No matter what you do, being caught in a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake can be devastating. Make the situation a little easier on yourself. Being informed of your options in a tight case can ease the stress of traveling to a new country on assignment.

Facing Medical Emergencies Abroad

If you have a chronic health condition, it’s especially important to take precautions as you travel. Even if you’re the type of person who never gets sick, you never know what can happen abroad. Do your research on medical care in the area that you’re going to, so you know what to expect. Likewise, you should:

  • Make sure you have enough refills of any prescriptions you take
  • Provide emergency contact information to your manager
  • Carry a copy of your medical insurance card
  • Make sure your policy covers you while you’re traveling out of state
  • Avoid taking risks that could cause an injury

If you’re traveling to a country where the healthcare costs money and you don’t have insurance, you should additionally have some cash saved up to pay for any necessary treatments.

Financial Planning for Travel Nurses

Plan for unexpected events such as theft or loss. For the most part, travel nurses are usually in a secure environment, but you never know what can happen!

  • Maintain two separate bank accounts and an emergency cash fund
  • Save copies of the front and back of your credit cards so that you can identify them in case of theft
  • Get a safe to store valuables and important documents

You don’t want to be caught with no money at all. You may even want to leave some money with a trusted family member or friend so that they can send it to you should your trip as a travel nurse go awry.

Travel nursing can be stressful as is, so preparing for any type of emergency is crucial. Use the above information to ensure that you are ready for anything at a moment’s notice. Of course, finding a location and job you love is worth the preparation. If you’re looking to become a travel nurse, or relocate to start a new adventure, contact Ardor Health Solutions today. We’re dedicated to finding the right healthcare position for you.

Physical Therapist Compact Licensure Change: What You Need to Know!

Great news! PT COMPACT is now available. PT COMPACT will give you the opportunity to obtain Compact Privilege in participating states that you would like to work in, using your Home State Compact License. This helps create a New Pathway for your Professional Career and Ardor Health Solutions is ready to help guide you through the process. Contact your Recruiter and Licensing Coordinator, Lourdes, at 866-425-5768 EXT 229, for assistance.

Your Home Compact State License should be current and in good standing to be ready for the Compact Privilege Launch in July. Contact your Home State Board to make sure you are compliant with all requirements to be ready for this great opportunity.

PTA/PTA Privelige Requirements

  1. Hold a current, valid PT or PTA license in your home state as defined in Commission Rules.
  2. Your home state must be a member of the PT Compact
  3. You cannot have any active encumbrances against any PT or PTA license
  4. You cannot have any disciplinary action against any PT or PTA license for a period of two years.
  5. The state where you are seeking a compact privilege must be a member of the PT
  6. Your fingerprinting must be up to date and your jurisprudence exams should be completed, if applicable!

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