Battling COVID-19 Burnout Among Clinicians

Healthcare worker burnout is by no means a new topic. It has been widely discussed and an active topic among the healthcare community for years now. But the mounting concerns of the high stress situations of COVID-19 have brought the topic of burnout to the forefront, and addressing it is more important than ever.

What’s going to turn the tide is the ability of hospitals and healthcare organizations to be proactive in recognizing the issue and offering solutions to their healthcare workers. Many nurses and physicians feel that they’re voices are lost in the shuffle when trying to communicates the problem of burnout.

What Causes Burnout?

A variety of factors can attribute to healthcare worker burnout. One of which right now is staffing issues. Hospitals are once again overburdened by new patients infected by the Delta variant of COVID-19. Hospital beds are filling up, but the amount of staff isn’t changing, causing a much larger workload for nurses and doctors.

Luckily, hospitals and healthcare facilities do have the benefit of using staffing agencies, who can tap into a wider resource of healthcare workers across the country to bring in the much needed help. The benefit of a staffing agency to handle the sourcing, credentialing and onboarding is a huge relief for hospital administrators who can then concentrate on their current staff. The addition of travel nurses into a hospital will alleviate a lot of the burden staff nurses are currently handling.

Other factors contribute to burnout as well. These include but aren’t limited to, non-stop scheduling, stressful work environments and more. These issues were present before the pandemic but are only amplified by the spread of COVID-19.

Even before the pandemic began, healthcare workers were battling burnout. Several years ago, an estimated figure of nearly 40% of nurses reported having some level of stress, exhaustion, or emotional strain due to burnout. The pandemic has only lengthened and heightened those pain points for clinicians.

What Can Be Done?

Undiagnosed burnout can lead to both the detriment of the clinician, the patient and the organization as as whole, so it’s important to recognize it, report it, and take steps to encourage help. An overworked and burnt out healthcare worker will many times lead to a decreased level of care for patients according to experts.

So what can be done?

Firstly, employers, like hospitals or other healthcare facilities, can take steps to get ahead of the problem. A simple check-in with employees can go a long way.

How are you feeling? Is there anything stressing you out more than usual? What can we do to alleviate that stress?

Even a simple survey to gauge the temperature of an employee can mean so much! You’d be surprised the feedback you can get from a simple survey.

We have to remember, a lot of times, like any job, healthcare workers and employees want to know that their concerns are being heard and recognized.

When we know what could be causing burnout, we can react quickly to any issues. If a nurse is feeling bogged down by paperwork, it would be best to hire more support staff to handle the administrative tasks. If the actual stress of the day-to-day duties is wearing a healthcare worker down, then extended time off or some PTO could work wonders. Even more flexible schedules can benefit more healthcare workers.

The point is, having an open communication line from management to frontline workers is the first step in fighting burnout! Employers and healthcare facilities can utilize support programs, meaningful tracking, and staffing agencies like Ardor Health to help supplement their staff with fresh, ready, and determined healthcare professionals who are ready to deliver care and passions wherever they go.

Ardor Health Traveler COVID-19 Program

First and foremost, Ardor Health Solutions would like to thank you all for everything you are doing for patients, students and our schools and facilities around the country in response to COVID-19. We are so thankful and proud to have you as an Ardor employee and part of our Ardor family.  Below, you will find several key points to ensure that we are staying on top of all recent developments regarding COVID-19. The Traveler COV-19 Program is designed to support you fully and reduce as much stress as we can. 

In addition, we are closely monitoring the CDC website and World Health Organization news to ensure we are following and properly instructing our staff in relation to travel, travel restrictions, and screening requirements. 

“To ensure continuity of operations of essential functions, CDC advises that critical infrastructure workers may be permitted to continue work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community.”

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html

We care deeply about your concerns and are available to correspond with our travelers. Please email us at Compliance@ArdorHealth.com if you have any questions.

Ardor Health is here to support you and truly appreciates your compassion and dedication during this time. If you have questions, or concerns, please reach out to us. 

 

If you have been vaccinated. The CDC has an app where you can update your vaccination status! V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information. And v-safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one.

More information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html

1. Where should I go to learn more about COVID-19?

The situation surrounding COVID-19 is ever-changing. There are a host of websites and resources that can help you, such as:

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CDC FAQs

Clinical Questions about COVID-19

24 Hour CDC Call Center Hotline

2. What should I do if I begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms?

You should use your best judgement and take all precautionary measures to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.  If you develop any fever that measures with a temperature > 100°F OR respiratory symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), you should immediately self-isolate. In addition, you should reach out to Ardor Health Solutions and your current contracted facility that you are working at promptly so they can notify their local or state public health authority and coordinate consultation and referral to a healthcare provider for further evaluation, if warranted. While on assignment, you are expected to follow the facility’s protocol for COVID-19 exposures/potential exposures.

3. Who should I contact from Ardor Health?

We have setup a specific team to support you through a COVID-19 Hotline. Our response team is ready to help you 24/7. Please don’t hesitate to call # 844-782-6728 if you have any questions.

4. May I leave my current assignment early for a new assignment?

We know your passion and aid is needed all over the country due to the ongoing pandemic. However, it is important to remember that your current facility and the patients and people who depend on your are relying on you as well to provide much needed care. Leaving your contract will put your co-workers and patients at an increased position of crisis with any sudden departure. At the end of the day, we are here for you! Once your assignment is up, we’ll be able to find you the best possible position to suit you.

5. What happens if I get sick on Assignment?

Please call 844-782-6728 for immediate assistance.

6. How Should I notify Ardor Health Solutions of possible quarantine or exposure to COVID-19?

Firstly, lease contact your recruiter as soon as possible.

You may also call our hotline at 844-782-6728.

 

COVID-19 Response

Ardor Health Solutions has and always will be dedicated to the health and safety of both our clinicians and our internal staff. With the growing concern over the COVID-19 virus and it’s effect on our daily lives, we wanted to let you know that Ardor Health is staying up to date with all the latest information provide by the CDC and taking all appropriate actions.

Your safety is our priority. And that is priority number one. We are in constant contact with all of our school districts, hospitals, Home Health Agencies, SNFs and all other partnered facilities about the effect of COVID-19.

We’re making sure that they are following the CDC’s guidelines and going to every length to keep our clinicians safe! If you have not reviewed the CDC’s guidelines, then we urge you to do so.  In addition to the wealth of information provided by the CDC, there is also a webinar that may be helpful to you.

Ardor Health is monitoring each and every one of our assignments across the country. So far, none of our assignments have been affected by the coronavirus. As the situation evolves, rest assured we will continue to update you. We will always be referring to the CDC’s guidelines.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 855-GO-ARDOR or simply send us an email or reach out to your recruiter. Again, your safety is our number one concern and we will continue to keep you updated on any developments with COVID-19.

COVID-19 FAQ

COVID-19 is caused by a previously unrecognized coronavirus, called COVID-19.For more information about COVID-19 please visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus

What is the status of the COVID-19 outbreak? Am I at risk?

For the latest global situation report please visit WHOs website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/The latest national situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page COVID-19.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

How does the virus spread?

This virus most likely originally emerged from an animal source and now appears to be spreading from person-to-person. Currently, COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Is COVID-19 the same as the MERS-CoV or SARS virus?

No. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The recently emerged COVID-19 is not the same as the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or the coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person.

How can I protect myself?

The best way to prevent illness from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus and use good hand hygiene. Common sense precautions that prevent the spread of flu will also help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please do the following:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover cough and sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should only be worn by persons who are sick or persons caring for them.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and hard surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If I were exposed to COVID-19, how long would it take for me to become sick?

This The time between exposure to the COVID-19 virus and onset of symptoms is called the “incubation period.” The incubation period for COVID-19 is typically 2 to 14 days, although in some cases it may be longer.

What should I do if I think I (or someone in my family) might have COVID-19?

If you are returning from an area with an outbreak of COVID-19 the CDC is recommending you self-quarantine for 14 days immediately upon returning from your travels, even if asymptomatic. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath during those 14 days contact your health care professional and mention your recent travel. Your provider will work with your county public health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from an impacted area, you should call a health care professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel.  For the most updated travel advisories regarding COVID-19, visit: U.S. Travel Advisories and CDC Information for Travel.

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 infection available online.

How do you test a person for COVID-19?

Your healthcare professional will work with your county health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

A person who is tested will have three specimens taken: oral, nasal, and saliva. The samples will be given to the county health department, who will then either ship or deliver them to the closest state laboratory. If a specimen is tested positive, it will be identified as ‘presumptive positive’ until the result is confirmed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information on COVID-19 testing see CDC Tests for COVID-19.

Is there a vaccine?

Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19.

What are the treatments?

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
Learn about COVID-19 Treatment.

How long can COVID-19 survive in the environment?

The length of time that the virus survives likely depends on factors. These factors could include the type of material or body fluid containing the virus and various environmental conditions such as temperature or humidity. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions are designing standardized experiments to measure how long COVID-19 can survive in situations that simulate natural environmental conditions.

Are there disinfectants available that can inactivate (kill) COVID-19?

Right now, there are no disinfectant products registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on environmental surfaces that are specifically listed as having the ability to kill COVID-19. However, related viruses that have similar physical and biochemical properties can be killed with bleach, ammonia or alcohol, or cleaning agents containing any of these disinfectants. Cleaning agents should be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.

What about products imported from areas of outbreak?

There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. In general, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

How do I determine to travel or not?

Current CDC travel guidance is available here: CDC Information for Travel

Current U.S. Travel Advisories are available here: U.S. Travel Advisories.

Is okay to have or go to large events?

The decision to hold or cancel an event rests with the organizer of that event, just as the decision to attend an event or mass gathering rests with each individual. For more guidance visit the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization are excellent sources of information about this evolving outbreak.

You can access their websites here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus

For Florida specific information, please consult The Florida Department of Health website:
http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/.

2020 is the Year of the Nurse!

The roaring 20s have returned and the year 2020 is a little extra special this year for nurses and midwives in particular! The World Health Assembly, the governing body of the World Health Organization (WHO), designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife to advance nurses’ vital position in transforming healthcare around the world. It also is in honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

The Year of The Nurse

This designation shows the WHO’s focus on the nursing profession role as a key component in the healthcare industry. In 2020, WHO will release the first ever State of the World’s Nursing report. This report will detail the power of the nursing profession, which currently is more than 50% of the healthcare workforce in most countries. This report will also address the key concerns of the nursing shortage.

In addition to WHO, ANA Enterprise will also participate in the year of the nurse by celebrating nurses everywhere and engaging nurses across multiple platforms; promoting leadership, community, excellence, and innovation.

“As the largest group of health care professionals in the U.S. and the most trusted profession, nurses are with patients 24/7 and from the beginning of life to the end. Nurses practice in all healthcare settings and are filling new roles to meet the ever-growing demand for health and health care services,” said ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN. “Despite the major role nurses play in health care delivery and community outreach, there are opportunities to increase understanding of the value of nursing in order to expand investment in education, practice and research, as well as increase the numbers of nurses who serve in leadership positions.”

Partnering with Ardor Health

Ardor Health’s commitment to its nursing family is stronger than ever! To celebrate this year, Ardor Health plans to roll out even more travel incentives, provide our nurses with industry leading pay packages, and grow our internal staff to better assist you on all of your future travel assignments!

If you are interested in finding your next great position, then feel free to search our database! If you don’t see a position you love, feel free to call us or open up a Live Chat!

Get Social!

Nurses are encouraged to use #yearofthenurse and follow us on social media as we celebrate nurses in 2020. To stay connected throughout the year and join the celebration, click here.

Hurricane Dorian: Ardor Health’s Disaster Plan

Important Weather Notice from Ardor Health Solutions

With Hurricane Dorian approaching the East Coast, Ardor Health Solutions would like to ask that any travelers in the path of this storm, please be prepared and follow the evacuation protocols if asked to do so.  Ardor Health’s corporate office is located in Coral Springs, FL so we will be available by phone at any time.  We want to assure you that Ardor is here with you.

Our Emergency Hotline # 833-426-6759  is available at all times. 

Please reach out to your Recruiter/Territory Manager with any questions and/or concerns as severe weather approaches. Stay safe and we will check in with you during and after the storm.

Below are a few phone numbers and web links that could help you.

Toll Free # 866-425-5768

Emergency Hotline – answered 24 hours a day # 833-426-6759

Jennifer Miranda’s – VP of Operations – cell # 561-201-5631

Stephanie Saltzgaver – AVP of Nursing Division –  cell # 954-242-4436

US National Weather Service http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
Real time river flow http://maps.waterdata.usgs.gov/mapper/index.html
Flood warnings and watches http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/graphicsversion/rbigmain.htmlhttp://www.srh.noaa.gov/serfc/
Storm surge probabilities http://nws.weather.gov/mdlsurge/psurge/index.php
Observed precipitation http://water.weather.gov/precip/
Weather data http://www.cnn.com/weatherhttp://www.weather.com/

 

How to Save Money on School Supplies as a Travel Therapist

School therapists typically require a vast array of supplies to work with their students. Whether you’re a physical therapist, occupational therapist, or speech-language pathologist, your supplies are essential to your student’s success.

Constantly buying and rebuying supplies each assignment gets pricey, so it’s nice to save money wherever you can. Ardor Health has put together some tips on how to save money on your back to school supplies this year as a travel therapist.

Find Stores with Discount Prices

As the back-to-school season is getting into full swing, department and grocery stores are stocking their shelves for teachers and students alike. At some point or another, these stores typically offer a discount or sale on some of their items. Places like Walmart, Target, and even Dollar Tree have back-to-school basics you can easily pick up.

Take advantage of these sales by making a list of stores near you and keeping track of their coupons and deals. It may be worth signing up for newsletters from these stores as well.

Look Online

If you don’t have the time or patience to visit multiple stores for your school therapy needs, consider shopping online. There are dozens of online stores that sell school supplies in bulk or at discounted prices and can ship directly to your home or school.

Some websites are specifically dedicated to school supplies for teachers and faculty across a wide range of grade levels and teaching areas, making it an ideal place to find all your supply needs. Places like Discount School Supply and School Specialty offer everything from pencils to classroom furniture, all at a low price.

Do It Yourself

Travel school therapists sometimes need unique items that classroom teachers do not. As an experienced school therapist, you know what you need to help your students. Sometimes you can skip the pricey therapy tools and make them yourself.

Things like sensory tables can be made at home using plastic containers filled with household materials like rice and sugar. You can incorporate tools like funnels and buckets that you have lying around the house to create a fun and engaging sensory table your students will love.

Reuse Old Items

Before you go out and buy all new supplies, see what you have lying around already. Extra pencils, markers, rulers, and scissors can be reused for years even if they’re a bit beat up.

Before leaving for your next assignment, see what you can reuse or transform into items you can incorporate in the school year. Get creative! If you need inspiration, there are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest and teacher blogs.

Shopping for back-to-school supplies as a travel therapist may seem overwhelming, but it shouldn’t put a damper on the excitement of a new year! Be sure you’re prepped and ready to take on your next travel therapy assignment and save money on supplies.

If you’re a travel therapist that’s eager to start their next journey, contact Ardor Health Solutions. We help travel clinicians from around the U.S. find assignments in atmospheres where they can thrive. Contact our office to speak with a recruiter today.

Find Your Next School Job Job from 2019-2020 with Ardor Health

Before you know it, summer will be over and fall will be here! Are you ready for your next school assignment? Ardor Health’s School Division has been placing therapy travelers in a variety of different school assignments all over the country for almost two decades. We’re here to help find you the best possible school position for your set of skills, that way you can do what you best; help the students at all of these school districts.

Choosing the Perfect School Assignment

Traveling for a school contract can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your career. The ability to use your skills, whether they be in speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or special education, is such a rewarding feeling when coupled with helping a student. That’s why Ardor Health promises to always take care of the little things about travel assignments. That means you’ll never have to worry about negotiating the contract, finding housing, or searching for the right position. That’s why we’re here.

Right now, we have the below open school positions all over the country:

  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Speech Language Pathology Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • School Nurses
  • School Psychologists
  • Special Education Teachers
  • CFYs
  • Teletherapists
  • School Audiologists

A Location You Love and Benefits You Can Count On

Over the years, Ardor Health has secured partnerships with some of the biggest school systems across the country, that way you can have as many options as possible. Whether you want to work in a small remote area of the country, or travel to a robust city, we have you covered!

In addition to location, Ardor Health offers a variety of ultra-competitive pay packages and benefits to all of our travelers. You’re traveling and working hard to care for a school system’s children, so you should be treated to generous benefits and pay.

We offer:

  • Competitive Pay Packages
  • Weekly Pay
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Supplemental Insurance Options
  • Superior Medical Coverage
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Matching 401(k) Retirement and Savings Plan
  • Liability Insurance
  • Paid Travel
  • Private Housing
  • Licensing Assistance

If you have additional questions, don’t forget to head over to Ardor Health’s School FAQ! 

Before you know it, the 2019-2020 school year will be upon us! Take the opportunity now to search our job database and find the job you’ve been looking for! Or simply click that chat box at the bottom right of your screen and learn more!

Podcasts: A Travel Therapist and Travel Nurse’s Best Friend

Whether you’re a Traveling Therapist or Traveling Nurse, you know that the travel time between assignments can be quite long, and for lack of a better word, boring! A lot of experienced travelers have come up with different ways to pass the time on the way to their next assignment, whether it be by plane or car. Some popular ways to occupy your time are: ebooks, audio books (like Audible), creating new playlists on your favorite streaming service, or even bringing a portable gaming system with you. But there are still a lot of healthcare travelers out there who have not discovered the amazing world of podcasts!

What is a podcast?

Travel Nursing Podcasts and Travel Therapy Podcasts are plentiful. Whether you want to brush up on the latest trends in Travel Nursing or discover some of the best places to work as a Physical Therapist. And of course, there are podcasts for any kind of hobby you can imagine. Podcasts are an episode-based show that cover a range of topics from movies to politics and from gardening to history. So which should you listen to?

Why listen to podcasts?

Travel Therapists and Travel Nurses have a variety of reasons to want to subscribe to a weekly rotation of nursing podcasts and therapy podcasts. In addition to offering a level of entertainment, podcasts have the ability to provide you with the latest up-to-date information about any particular topic in your healthcare field of choice. The most popular podcasts in your field will typically be some of the most well researched topics to listen to. Don’t like a topic that week? Simple. Skip it and wait for next week’s!

Where to find the podcast that’s right for you?

So where can you find them? There are several platforms where you can find podcasts. The most popular would arguably be the ‘Podcast’ app on your Apple or Android phone. After that, Spotify, Audible, and iHeartRadio are other services that offer a variety of podcasts.

Popular Nursing Podcasts

So you’re a Travel Nurse and you want to listen to some podcasts. Which should you download first? See below for some of the best travel nursing podcasts today!

1. Good Nurse Bad Nurse: Good Nurse Bad Nurse is a light-hearted and fun podcast hosted by a registered nurse and special guests who take turns telling you two nursing related stories. One is uplifting and inspirational, the other is dark and mysterious!

2. Nursing Uncensored: Nursing uncensored is a series of conversations about everything on the minds of nurses. Hosted by Adrianne Behning.

3. The Daily Nurse: Daily Nurse’s podcast is called Nursecasts: A Podcast for Nurses By Nurses, and it delivers – topics such as maternal mortality, the rise of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, and simulation labs are covered with expert hosting from people who know life in the trenches of the ER.

4. Your Next Shift: This nursing podcast offers listeners a dynamic listening experience. Host Elizabeth Scala provides both practical tactics and universal truths to the world of nursing

5. Cup of Nurses: A nursing podcast, where the hosts tackle current events and other hot nursing related topics one conversation at a time.

Popular Therapy Podcasts (PT,SLP and OT):

  1. Healthy Wealthy and Smart: The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy features top experts in physical therapy, wellness and entrepreneurship. We give you the information and inspiration you need to take your life and career to the next level.
  2. PT PintCast: This podcast is unique and fun! The showrunners talk all things physical therapy and enjoy a cold brew while doing it! What’s not to love?
  3. Move Forward PT: The Move Forward Radio podcast offers unique interviews with physical therapists and other health care experts providing tips on prevention and information about treatment.
  4. Therapy Insiders: UpDoc Media’s main podcast, Therapy Insiders, is hosted by Gene Shirokobrod, Erson Religioso, and Joe Palmer. This podcast comprises a wide range of topics, including job market insights, career advice, and clinical tips. Guests are typically industry entrepreneurs and thought leaders, including WebPT’s own Heidi Jannenga, PT, DPT, ATC.
  5. Conversations in Speech Pathology: Join speech-language pathologist Jeff Stepen as he interviews a variety of professionals, parents, and other assorted characters about topics related to the practice of speech pathology/therapy.
  6. The ASHA Podcast Series: Every three to four weeks, the ASHA Podcasts features a new interview with a person that is making news in the professions of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
  7. StutterTalk: StutterTalk is the first and longest running podcast on stuttering. Since 2007 they have published more than 600 podcasts which are heard in 180 countries.
  8. Everyday Evidence: How does evidence affect everyday problems? AOTA’s Everyday Evidence Podcast series has the answers. They sort through the evidence and bring you the most important information that relates to everyday life in a short podcast format.
  9.  Occupied: Brock Cook started the Occupied Podcast to help connect OTs around the world. He interviews OTs and discusses and explore what occupational therapy looks like all over the world.
  10. Listen to Pediatrics Podcast: These recorded audio conversations among experts are FREE and open to nonmembers, with the latest tips and resources on pediatric practice in Occupational Therapy.

This is just a short list of podcasts that you may find helpful for your specialty! Keep in mind, we didn’t even cover some of the other popular general podcasts, we’ll leave that to you! Remember, there’s no limit to the amount of podcasts you can subscribe to, and they are all FREE! Happy Listening!

Louisiana Going Compact for Nursing on July 1st!

Louisiana is officially the 31st state to go Compact for nursing (NLC)! This is fantastic news for travel nurses who want to be able to explore different cities and states and not have to undergo the process of obtaining  a brand new license every time.

What this Means for Louisiana Based Nurses

If you are a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse who holds a license in Louisiana that’s in good standing, you may now convert that same license into a compact license, which will allow you to practice in all 31 states.

Which States Are Compact?

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Colorado
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas
  11. Kentucky
  12. Louisiana
  13. Maine
  14. Maryland
  15. Mississippi
  16. Missouri
  17. Montana
  18. Nebraska
  19. New Hampshire
  20. New Mexico
  21. North Carolina
  22. North Dakota
  23. Oklahoma
  24. South Carolina
  25. South Dakota
  26. Tennessee
  27. Texas
  28. Utah
  29. Virginia
  30. Wisconsin
  31. Wyoming

What You’ll Need to Gain Your Compact License

  1. You must reside in your home state.
  2. You must hold an active, unencumbered home state license
  3. Must not have been convicted or pled guilty to a felony offense under state or federal criminal law
  4. Must not have been convicted or entered into an agreed disposition of a misdemeanor offense related to the nursing practice as determined by the board
  5. Must not be enrolled in an alternative program/the recovering nurse program
  6. The multi-state license provides you the “privilege to practice” only in other compact states
  7. If your residency moves from one state to another, you must apply for a new primary state of residency license.  View the current map of the states in the NLC.
  8. You must submit a Multistate Conversion Application
  9. Submit fingerprints for an FBI background check (this encores an additional fee)
  10. Submit the conversion fee of $50.90
  11. Your renewal requirements for renewal remain unchanged and unaffected by the conversion application (From GypsyNurse.com)

Want to learn more? Visit NCSBN.org to learn how you can get started with your compact license.

Already have your Nursing Compact and want to search open jobs now?

Search Open Nursing Jobs Here!

Travel With Your Pet On Your Next Assignment!

So you want to head out on a Travel Therapy or Travel Nursing assignment, but the last thing you want to do is leave your best (furry) friend behind. We agree, we wouldn’t want to leave them behind either! That’s why Ardor Health is a 100% pet-friendly agency! Not only are we happy to arrange housing for you and for your pet, but we also have lots of expert tips to make the traveling easy!

What You’ll Need:

• Immunization Records
• Medication
• Favorite Toys
• Pet Bed
• Food & Water
• Lots of treats
• Travel Bowls
• Pet Vehicle Restraints
• Dog Waste Bags/ Litter & Litter Box
• Crate

Pet Insurance

Need pet insurance options? We’ve got you covered there too!

Ardor Health Solutions cares about your pets. We offer a variety of employee benefit offerings including pet insurance. Our Pet Insurance options is open to all pets, regardless of age or breed. Employees can save on almost all their pet health care expenses.

Make sure to check in with your recruiting team and tell them all about your furry mate so we can make sure everything runs smoothly. We would also love to see pics of your pets! 😊

Top 10 States For High Nursing Salary

If earning top-pay is one of the most appealing features when choosing a state to travel to as a nurse, then we’ve got some news for you! The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released their list of highest grossing salaries from state to state for Registered Nurses. Some of these options are a bit more obvious, like California, but it’s important to keep in mind about Cost of Living for some of these states. Finding that sweet spot between your ideal state, a high-end salary, and a moderate cost-of-living is the trick! All that being said, let’s take a look at the list.

1. Top States

At the top of this list is California, coming in at $106,950 average for salary. California’s cost of living can vary from region to region, and so will the salary. Nonetheless, California continues to be a key state to travel to for many RNs. Other highly desirable states like New York, Washington and Hawaii make this list too. 

1. California: $106,950
2. Hawaii: $98,080
3. Massachusetts: $92,140
4. Oregon: $91,080
5. Alaska: $89,310
6. New York: $85,610
7. Nevada: $85,620
8. New Jersey: $82,750
9. Washington: $82,670
10. Connecticut: $81,220

2. Above Average States for Nursing Salary 

11. Minnesota: $78,920
12. Rhode Island: $78,420
13. Arizona: $77,000
14. Maryland: $76,820
15. Delaware: $74,800
16. Colorado: $74,240
17. Illinois: $73,890
18. Texas: $72,890
19. New Hampshire $72,760
20. New Mexico: $71,730

3. Average States for Nursing Salary

21. Wisconsin: $71,470
22. Michigan: $71,330
23. Pennsylvania: $70,390
24. Virginia: $69,790
25. Vermont: $69,160
26. Georgia: $68,950
27. Maine: $67,610
28. Montana: $67,450
29. Wyoming: $67,360
30. Idaho: $67,110

4. Below Average States for Nursing Salary

31. Ohio: $66,820
32. Florida: $66,210
33. North Dakota: $65,740
34. Utah: $65,670
35. Missouri: $65,130
36. South Carolina: $64,940
37 Indiana: $64,860
38. North Carolina: $64,850
39 Nebraska: $64,470
40. Louisiana: $63,970

5. Lowest States for Nursing Salary

41. Kentucky: $63,100
42. Oklahoma: $63,080
43. West Virginia: $61,780
44. Tennessee: $61,320
45. Kansas: 61,030
46. Arkansas: $60,780
47. Alabama: $59,470
48. Iowa: $59,130
49. Mississippi: $58,490
50. South Dakota: $58,340

So what do you think? Did all the states measure up to the salary average you expected? Or is there more to a travel assignment for you than just salary? Let us know in the comments! 

Ready to find your next great travel assignment from one of these awesome states? Search Open Jobs Now! 

 

PT Compact Privileges Expand to Colorado, Arizona & Nebraska

UPDATE: The number of PT Compact states continues to grow with the addition of Arizona and Nebraska on April 15th, 2019 and now Colorado on May 1st! The addition of these 3 states brings the total number of PT Compact issuing states to Thirteen The other issuing states are: Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah. 

An Alternative To Licensing

From PTCompact.Org

The Physical Therapy Compact allows eligible licensed physical therapists to practice and licensed physical therapist assistants to work in a Compact member state, other than their home state, without going through the usual process for licensure in the remote state. “

PTCompact.Org

How To Sign Up For PT Compact

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

Don’t see your state here yet? That’s OK! The PT Compact says that it anticipates many more of its member states will join the PT Compact soon! If you’re ready to get started, simply head over to PTCompact.Org and begin the process to sign up. If you need any help, Ardor Health’s licensing coordinator, Lourdes would be happy to help! You can reach Lourdes, at 866-425-5768 EXT 229, for assistance.


5 Ways To Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month: 2019

Occupational Therapy Month is here! In April, we take the time to appreciate all the value Occupational Therapists add to our lives through their holistic and therapeutic approach. This is a great opportunity to celebrate all of the OTs out there and take the time to show them how much we appreciate their positive effect on our lives! We’ve compiled a list of 5 different ways to show your appreciation and celebrate this wonderful profession!

1. Share a Personal OT Story

Do you have a personal story where an Occupational Therapist has made an impact on your life? What about a family member? Share that story! April is a great month to take to social media or your local circle and spread the word about how an Occupational Therapist helped you recover from an injury you may have sustained in your life. Share those success stories and at the same time educate those who maybe aren’t familiar with the amazing benefits of Occupational Therapy.

2. Take Some Time to Celebrate

This one’s for all of the Occupational Therapists out there…treat yourselves! Throw a party at work, take an extended lunch break or take that glorious half-work day! (As long as their’s no clients that need to be seen obviously) You deserve it! And Occupational Therapy Month is the perfect time to celebrate.

3. Share the Love

What better way to share the love for your fellow Occupational Therapists than on social media! Start a post and share it with friends and family about the impacts OT Life has had on you. Are you a traveling Occupational Therapist? Share that too! People love seeing their colleagues out and about exploring their world and excelling in their career as well. Whether you’re climbing a nearby mountain or surfing a close to home beach, the Travel OT Life is not one that should be kept secret.

4. Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Occupational Therapy is set to grow by 24% all the way through 2024. This means it’s more important than ever to educate those around you, especially the younger generation, about the importance of Occupational Therapy in our lives.

5. Continue Your Own Personal Growth

Continuing education is a great way to grow on a personal level. Occupational Therapy, like many healthcare industries, never stops growing and changing. One of the great things is you can always be growing on a personal and professional level because of this. Try to find a course or class that interests you the most and take it! Those new skills will translate directly to your workplace and your patients.

So there you have it! These are just a few ways to celebrate OT Month this April. Remember to use the hashtag #OTMonth to stand out! A big thank you from all of us Ardor Health to all of our OTs! So how have OTs affected your life?

And don’t forget, Traveling OT Jobs are some of the best ways to live the #OTLife to the fullest. View open opportunities here! 

Top 5 Travel Therapy And Nursing States This Spring

Are you considering a traveling nurse or therapy assignment this Spring? Of course you are! What better way to shake off the cold then to visit some of the country’s most desirable locations during the spring. We’ve narrowed down five of the best warm-weather destinations for travel nurses and therapists to keep in mind. This list is 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.

Florida

This may seem like an obvious choice, but it’s definitely worth mentioning. Florida has year-round warm weather and some of the best beaches in the country. In addition, Florida also garnishes some of the top billing rates during Spring Break for Travel Therapists alike.

California

This may seem like another obvious choice, but California is a must see location basically anytime of the year, so why not start with Spring? If you dream of the southern California lifestyle, consider taking a travel assignment in San Diego, the city that has it all or venturing to San Francisco.

Texas

Texas has multiple cities filled with healthcare professionals and a vibrant lifestyle. 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.

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.

New York

As the snow begins to melt, now is the time to secure a position in New York. Whether you prefer the city or the country, New York has it all! From the bustling streets of NYC to the beautiful countryside, there’s something for any travel therapist or travel nurse.

Can’t make up your mind? We get it! Feel free to browse all of Ardor Health’s open positions right now and choose the Spring Break Travel Destination that’s right for you!

Ardor Health Certified As Great Place To Work 4 Years In A Row

It’s official! Ardor Health Solutions was certified as a great workplace today by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®! This is the 4th year Ardor Health has been certified as a Great Place to Work! Previous accolades include: 2018 Best Workplaces in Health Care& Biopharma 2018, 2017 Best Small & Medium Workplaces and 2016 Best Workplaces for Women!.

Ardor Health Solutions earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found at Ardor Health Solutions.

 

Ardor Health Solutions employees completed surveys, resulting in a percent confidence level.

Ardor Health is a rapidly-growing Healthcare Staffing company that began in 2001. We specialize in the temporary and permanent placement of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists as well as PTAs, COTAs, CFYs, SLPAs, School Psychologists, RNs, PAs and other specialties across all fifty states. Ardor Health has the best sales force in the industry, which in turn makes the company incredibly strong. Ardor provides quality positions and care for its travelers/candidates, as well as the facilities they staff them in. Ardor Health has a fun, energetic, family-oriented, business-casual environment with a fast-paced mind set. Its staff is ever-changing, organized, highly qualified and dedicated to customer service.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.

Read more about our accreditation here!

Let’s Celebrate Physical Therapy Month!

It’s finally here! October is one of the busiest times of the year. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, of course there’s Halloween, but October is also National Physical Therapy Month! This month, we take the time to celebrate the amazing achievements of all of the Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants out there.  The American Physical Therapy Association uses the month of October to reinforce the use of Physical Therapy as an alternative to the use of potentially dangerous medications to improve people’s lives.   

#ChoosePT

Whenever you use social media this month to talk about Physical Therapy, make sure you use the hashtag #ChoosePT

This hashtag is used to empower people around the globe to consider Physical Therapy instead of medications.

“Americans continue to be prescribed and to misuse opioids at alarming rates. This October, APTA will carry on raising awareness of physical therapy as a safe and effective alternative to opioids for treatment of chronic pain conditions via its award-winning #ChoosePT campaign.”

-APTA.org

2018 PT Day of Service

Consider celebrating NPTM by participating in the 2018 PT Day of Service that takes place on Saturday, October 13. APTA is a proud partner of PT Day of Service, a global event founded by physical therapists in 2015. Whether you are hosting an NPTM event, volunteering at a pro bono clinic, or serving the community by cleaning up a park, you’ll be joining with PTs, PTAs, and students of physical therapy across the world who are actively making a difference in their communities on or around that day.

Want to look into a travel PT job? We’ve got you covered! Head over to our traveler page to get started!

Hurricane Florence: Ardor Health’s Disaster Plan

Important Weather Notice from Ardor Health Solutions

With Hurricane Florence approaching the East Coast, Ardor Health Solutions would like to ask that any travelers in the path of this storm, please be prepared and follow the evacuation protocols if asked to do so.  Ardor Health’s corporate office is located in Coral Springs, FL so we will be available by phone at any time.  We want to assure you that Ardor is here with you.

Our Emergency Hotline # 833-426-6759  is available at all times. 

Please reach out to your Recruiter/Territory Manager with any questions and/or concerns as severe weather approaches. Stay safe and we will check in with you during and after the storm.

Below are a few phone numbers and web links that could help you.

Toll Free # 866-425-5768

Emergency Hotline – answered 24 hours a day # 833-426-6759

Jennifer Miranda’s – VP of Operations – cell # 561-201-5631

Stephanie Saltzgaver – AVP of Nursing Division –  cell # 954-242-4436

 

US National Weather Service http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
Real time river flow http://maps.waterdata.usgs.gov/mapper/index.html
Flood warnings and watches http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/graphicsversion/rbigmain.html

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/serfc/

Storm surge probabilities http://nws.weather.gov/mdlsurge/psurge/index.php
Observed precipitation http://water.weather.gov/precip/
Weather data http://www.cnn.com/weather

http://www.weather.com/

 

Therapy: The Art of Helping Others

The world of therapy is amazing in itself in regards to the services we provide every day to various clientele. We help to optimize the quality of life for other human beings. Just when we thought life could not get any better, we are provided the opportunity to travel around the country to provide these services. We are also compensated well to do so! Of course like anything else worth anything in this life, it is not easy.

The Passion to Care

I will say that it is incredibly rewarding and such a great way to network. You get the opportunity to see the country, while increasing your knowledge base and clinical skills from countless healthcare professionals you come across during your travels. It is such an amazing way to challenge yourself, especially if you decide to travel on your own. I worked full-time right out of college in Connecticut for about 3 1/2 years. Life became somewhat monotonous and I decided it was time for a change. A few weeks later, I traveled to Florida, by myself with my car packed with some of my belongings. It was scary as hell, but it was also the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. I continued to travel for 3 years before settling into one area with my fiancee who now keeps me grounded. I want clinicians to know that it is okay to give this a chance and challenge yourself. Give yourself a chance to grow outside of your comfort zone. Honestly, you have nothing to lose. Any experience, whether positive or negative creates opportunity for growth and learning. If you can learn something from the experience you had, then it was worth your time. You don’t know what you’re capable of or what an experience can be until you give it a chance. Take this incredible opportunity that you have to travel and do what you love. Life is happening now. Are you currently challenging yourself to rise to your full potential?

Written by: Erica Dipietro

The Career Pathway Program

This blog was written by Erica ,one of Ardor Health Solutions’ caring and experienced Occupational Therapists. Erica is a Career Pathway Mentor. She has been an OT for 8 years and has traveled for 3 years. Her passion for helping others goes hand in hand with her love of travel. She’s already traveled and worked in over 8 states! Ardor Health Solutions has developed the Career Pathway Program in Home Healthcare to help systematically guide therapists into home healthcare practice. Ardor Health’s Career Pathway Program was designed specifically for new graduates of PT, OT, and SLP programs. However, it is open to any licensed clinician interested in specializing in Medicare-certified home healthcare, and willing to travel to assignments throughout the United States. Want to learn more and connect with a mentor now?

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!

Ready to get started? Sign up for PT Compact now! http://ptcompact.org/

View the PT Compact Map Here

Speak With A Recruiter About PT Compact

Ardor Health Named as a 2018 Best Workplace in Health Care and Biopharma!

Great Place to Work and Fortune have chosen Ardor Health Solutions as one of the 2018 Best Workplaces in Health Care and Bio Pharma! Ardor Health came in #23 with its ranking.

“For me, since day one, I have felt special to be here and like my talents are appreciated and utilized. I am being very fairly compensated and I feel like there is room for growth. I have a lot of freedom to self-start here, too, and with that chance, you see that management respects you. I am learning more about myself and the responsibility I have to do my part to assist the growth of the program here,” said one employee.

The ranking considered input from more than 95,000 employees in the Health Care and Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical sectors. Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, evaluated more than 50 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included employee pride in the organization’s community impact, belief that their work makes a difference, and feeling their work has special meaning. Rankings are based on employees’ experiences, no matter who they are or what they do.

“The sincerity and genuine enthusiasm that the owners and staff have created in the workplace, whether you are a new employee or you have been here for years, you are made to feel welcomed and important. It is sincere,” noted another employee.

About the Best Workplaces in Health Care & Biopharma

Great Place to Work based its ranking on a data-driven methodology applied to anonymous Trust Index™ survey responses from more than 95,000 employees at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations in Financial Services & Insurance. To learn more about Great Place to Work Certification and recognition on Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

School Psychology Week Kicks Off With Powerful Slogan

School Psychology Awareness Week is underway! SPAW will take place between November 13–17, 2017. The theme this year is Power Up! Be a Positive Charge. According to the National Association of School Psychologists, “the goal is to highlight how taking a small positive action creates connections that lead to positive change, builds greater successes and develops the academic and social–emotional skills students need to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of belonging and well-being.”

At Ardor Health, we realize the importance of School Psychologists in our schools. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts that the need for school psychologists will grow 14% over the next 10 years! Our team is always on hand to make sure to do our best to fill the needs of every school in the country and find the job School Psychologists desire the most.

For more information on School Psychology Awareness Week please visit: http://www.nasponline.org/research-and-policy/advocacy-tools-and-resources/school-psychology-awareness-week-2017

Ardor Health is headed to ASHA 2017!

It’s hard to believe that ASHA 2017 is almost here! This year ASHA will hold its annual conference in beautiful Los Angeles, California! Once again, Ardor Health Solutions is a proud of sponsor of this amazing event. We’d love for you to stop by booth #740 and meet our team and register to win a brand new Apple Watch!

The 2017 ASHA Convention will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, November 9–11, 2017.

The ASHA Convention is the premier annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the Annual Convention provides you with a once-a-year opportunity to learn about the latest research, polish clinical skills, improve techniques, and gain new tools and resources to advance professional development.

To learn more, head over to ASHA’s Website

Ardor Health Named as a Great Place to Work for Small/Medium Workplaces

Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE Name Ardor Health Solutions One of 2017’s Best Small & Medium Workplaces

Coral Springs, FL At Ardor Health Solutions, our growth wouldn’t be possible without the dedication of our team! We’re proud of our team, and we’re also excited to announce our organization has been named one of the 2017 Best Small & Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE!

This ranking considered 74,000 surveys from employees at hundreds of businesses in all sectors of the economy. Ardor Health earned a spot on this list based on co-workers’ assessment of the camaraderie, leadership, fairness, rewards and career opportunities enjoyed by all in their workplace. Ardor Health ranked #43 among the winning small/medium organizations!

“A company is only as strong as its employees. And when it comes to our business, we have the best employees in the industry,” said President and Co-Founder, Patty Lamia, “we strive hard to create a work environment that our team looks forward to every single day.

• Ardor Health offers merit based incentive programs
• The ability to have a flexible schedule is a hallmark of Ardor Health’s work culture
• Our employees enjoy the ability to grow in our organization in all of our departments

Outstanding small and mid-sized employers – as identified by their employees – are substantially more likely to report work experiences linked to retention, innovation and good customer service, according to research by Great Place to Work. The winning organizations also are more likely than their peers to maintain a healthy organizational culture as they grow larger and more complex.

“The Best Small & Medium workplaces are laying the groundwork for future success by building trust, cooperation and leadership credibility. All of these enhance business performance and create a positive environment for doing business,” said Michael Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work.

The Best Small & Medium Workplaces is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based on research into employee feedback from Great Place to Work-Certified™ organizations. Ardor Health was also was ranked as a Great Place to Work for 3 years straight and a Great Place for Women to work in 2016 by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE.

About Ardor Health:

Ardor Health is a rapidly-growing Healthcare Staffing company that began in 2001. We specialize in the temporary and permanent placement of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists as well as PTA’s, COTA’s, CFY’s, SLPA’s, School Psychologists, and RN’s across all fifty states. Ardor Health has the best sales force in the industry, which in turn makes the company incredibly strong. Ardor provides quality positions and care for its travelers/candidates, as well as the facilities they staff them in. Ardor Health has a fun, energetic, family-oriented, business-casual environment with a fast-paced mind set. Its staff is ever-changing, organized, highly qualified and dedicated to customer service.

About the Best Small & Medium Workplaces
The ranking was based on anonymous feedback from more than 74,000 employees working at Great Place to Work-Certified organizations. Employees completed a Trust Index™ survey with more than 50 questions assessing pride, camaraderie, executive effectiveness, innovation, benefits, professional development and other elements of a great workplace. Scores also considered organizations’ performance relative to their size and industry, as well as their ability to provide a great workplace for all employees, regardless of who they are or what they do. Survey results from eligible companies had a 6 percent margin of error, at most, with a 95 percent confidence level. Organizations with 10 to 99 employees were considered for the small workplaces list and those with 100-999 employees were considered for the medium list.
To find out more about becoming Great Place to Work-Certified and eligible for Best Workplaces lists published with FORTUNE, visit Greatplacetowork.com.

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through its certification programs, Great Place to Work recognizes outstanding workplace cultures and produces the annual FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For®” and Great Place to Work Best Workplaces lists for Millennials, women, diversity, industries and, internationally, countries and regions. Through its culture consulting services, Great Place to Work helps its clients create great workplaces that outpace peers on key business metrics like revenue growth, profitability, retention and stock performance.

The 2017-2018 School Traveler’s Road Map

School is back in session! And to celebrate, Ardor Health has put together a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to help you to get back in the swing of things! Whether you’re a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language-Pathologist, or Registered Nurse, the School Traveler’s Road Map is packed full of great tips and benefits that will be sure to help you on your next school contract! Simply click the link below to get free access! Just think of it as Ardor Health’s little thank you everything you do.

The School Traveler Road Map

Are you still looking for a school assignment for the 2017-2018 school season? No matter the specialty, there are plenty of states that would be amazing travel locations. So where would you like to travel next? Fill out the form below and one of Ardor Health’s recruiter’s will contact you to start working on your next big journey!

    Ardor Health Solutions Named As Top 20 Largest Allied Healthcare Staffing Firm In US

    Ardor Health Solutions is pleased to announce that we have been named as the 20th largest US Allied Healthcare Staffing Firm in the United States! After extensive consideration, the research firm, Staffing Industry Analysts informed Ardor Health of the achievement this week.

    “We couldn’t be more proud of being recognized as one of the nation’s largest Allied Health Staffing Firms.” said CEO and Co-Founder Mike Lamia. “This achievement is further proof of our commitment to both our travelers and our clients.”

    As part of this elite group of staffing firms, Ardor Health is aware that these lists are shared and valued by the global buyer community when looking for new staffing companies to work with. Our standing on the list is a huge asset to both our candidates, clients, and internal staff that we strive to please every day.

    About Ardor Health Solutions

    Ardor Health is a rapidly-growing Healthcare Staffing company that began in 2001.  We specialize in the temporary and permanent placement of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists as well as PTA’s, COTA’s, CFY’s, SLPA’s, School Psychologists, and RN’s across all fifty states. Ardor Health has the best sales force in the industry, which in turn makes the company incredibly strong. Ardor provides quality positions and care for its travelers/candidates, as well as the facilities they staff them in. Ardor Health has a fun, energetic, family-oriented, business-casual environment with a fast-paced mind set. Its staff is ever-changing, organized, highly qualified and dedicated to customer service.

    About Staffing Industry Analysts

    Founded in 1989, Staffing Industry Analysts is the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. Our proprietary research covers all categories of employed and non-employed work including temporary staffing, independent contracting and other types of contingent labor. SIA’s independent and objective analysis provides insights into the services and suppliers operating in the workforce solutions ecosystem including staffing firms, managed service providers, recruitment process outsourcers, payrolling/ compliance firms and talent acquisition technology specialists such as vendor management systems, online staffing platforms, crowdsourcing and online work services. We also provide training and accreditation with our unique Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) program.

    Known for our award-winning content, data, support tools, publications, executive conferences and events, we help both suppliers and buyers of workforce solutions make better-informed decisions that improve business results and minimize risk. As a division of the international business media company, Crain Communications Inc., SIA is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in London, England. For more information: www.staffingindustry.com

    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.”

    Ardor Health’s Back To School Special

    Summer is right around the corner, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your next School Assignment! Whether you’re a Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, School Psychologist, Social Worker, Special Education Teacher, or Tele-therapist, we’re sure we can find the position you’ve been looking for.

    We know, we know — you probably want to enjoy your well deserved time off before you start thinking about your next assignment, but hear us out! Ardor Health has a back to school special designed especially for you! Continue reading “Ardor Health’s Back To School Special”

    Ardor Health’s March 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 March Traveler of the Month, John!

    His recruiter Angelina says, “John has over 11 years of experience and has traveled with Ardor in the past (1 year to be exact). Aside from being a jokester, he enjoys traveling and hunting on his spare time.  He is extremely outgoing and considers himself a “D a r e Devil”.

    John is an RN now on assignment working in an ICU at a Montana Hospital.

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

    The surprises.  There are few common or bland days while RN traveling.  Each day provides a variety of colors via one’s lodging, staff interplay, patient variance and patient management system challenges.  The fun never stops.  One’s needs to celebrate the unknowns of each assignment in order leverage travel potentiality.

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

    Chile, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Tibet.

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

    Fly fish, high dive, spelunking, and knitting.

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

    Kielbasa, pickled herring, buttered brussel sprouts, and cookie dough.

    5. What’s your dream car and why?

    Tesla Roadster: 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.  Electrifying.  Enough said.

    Ardor Health’s February 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 February Traveler of the Month, Michelle!

    Her recruiter Amanda says, “she has worked for Ardor going on 4 years and is now in schools! She has 2 therapy dogs that she occasionally brings to school with her and has a TRUE passion for making a difference!”

    Michelle is now in Yuma, AZ, and she is the happiest she has ever been! She is not afraid to take on a daunting task or caseload!

    She is ALSO a part of our New Grad Mentorship Program as a Mentor!!!

    She is committed to OT, always bettering herself and looking at ways to be ahead of the game!

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

    My favorite part about being a travel OT is somewhat hard to pinpoint because there are lots of fun things about it. I love exploring new cultures and meeting new people. Work wise you are always challenged and you pick up so many new learning experiences along the way as every site you work at has a different way of doing something. Adaptability is huge in travel OT and there is a pick up and go mentality that really works for me.

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

    Travel wise I always said that I wanted to visit all the states in the US. I still eventually want to do that and traveling therapy has really helped from cross-country drives to exploring the states around where I am working. There are definitely places I want to see but I am pretty flexible in where I am working as long as I can bring my two dogs along I am good to go :).

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

    In my free time I love to explore new areas and my hobbies are really shaped by which state I am living in. When I am near the ocean or a body of water I am usually out there with my dogs after work walking along the shore. When I am landlocked there is usually a trail to walk or new friends to explore the town with. I am also a huge reader and have bought a travel hammock, so on weekends I will happily lay on my hammock reading.

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

    When I come home from a long day anything I don’t have to cook would hit the spot! I have traveled to some places that don’t have delivery and now that I have it back I remember how nice it is not to cook sometimes! I have been doing a lot of Thai food lately.

    5. What’s your dream car and why?

    I don’t have a dream car, as long as it doesn’t break down and the air conditioning/heater works I am happy. My air conditioner in my car broke down on my move to Arizona in July- not a good moment for us 🙂 ….  Now my dream vacation is pretty much anywhere with warm weather and a beach.

    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!

    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.

    Are You A Welcomed Guest On Your Travel Assignment?

    With the holidays come the fun parties or gatherings, right?  Correct!  But along with the jubilations there are social challenges.

    Do you have that one pesky guest you can’t stand but must invite for the holidays?  How about that nosy family guest who keeps asking when the baby is coming…and here you are still paying off your school loans?

    Or perhaps are you the guest, who feels awkward or doesn’t quite know how to blend in?  Better yet, are you the guest that everyone loves to invite?

    Well in travel or healthcare contract staffing, this is a year-round or 3-month challenge for travelers.

    As a contract worker, you will often face the reality of either being incompatible or getting along with your clinical peers or supervisors.  There are countless contract placements that are won or lost by the battle of personalities.  The truth is, others view travelers as highly paid but necessary guests.

    Whether you are a savvy veteran or a new traveler…the question is how do you become a welcomed guest?  It’s simple and back to basics.  First, realize you are a guest. Accept this reality and be mindful of your strategies for blending in.  The most important piece is, exercise the art of winning or influencing those around you.

    Influencing or winning people is a critical people skill that have made healthcare travelers a success along with having a higher rate of requested returns for contract work.

    So here are the top 6 quick ways to connect and be a welcomed healthcare traveler:

    1.  Smile

    A smile is free but impactful! It evokes instant joy and will move mountains.  Smiling is that positive vibe…a proven human connector.  There are countless of scientific data proving how smiling is influential.

    So be mindful and smile more in everything that you do.  It connects you from a happy place.

    2. Be genuinely interested in others

    Deep connections are possible even in a short span of time…by showing genuine interest in others.  The only way to make quality connections or even lasting friendships is to be genuinely interested in what matters to others.

    Sincere small talks work…ask about their family, their hobby, etc.

    3. Be a good listener and inspire others to talk about themselves

     To be a good conversationalist one must be a good listener.  You must care about what others say or you must show honest interest about what they are sharing.

    People don’t want an entertaining conversationalist, most of the time people just want someone who will listen to them.

    So, listen more…talk less.

    4. Remember a person’s name and say it often

    A person’s name is the sweetest and most important sound in any language.  An average person is more interested and responsive when their name is included in a conversation.

    People love their name so much that you’ve seen donations made just to see names on a donor’s plate, a building, a street sign, a plaque on a bench, a dedicated tree, etc.

    Go ahead and include as much as you can a person’s name in a conversation, a greeting, etc (i.e.  “Good morning Paola”)

    5. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests

    You will connect quicker through a person’s heart…so talk about the things that he or she treasures most.

    If we talk to people about what they are interested in, they will feel valued and value us in return.

    6. Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely

    An old adage but a powerful one: treat others as how you would like to be treated.  We love to feel valued and so does everyone else.  People will connect deeper and talk more to you if you allow them to talk about themselves.

    If you can make people feel important in a sincere and appreciative manner, then you will win all the friends you could ever dream of.

    The above are easy but practical ways to connect with people or be a welcomed guest.  Apply these techniques as a part of your everyday living or as you embark on your first or hundredth travel career.

    Winning people is an art.   It is a people skill that could only enhance your travel career.

    Bon Voyage…enjoy your next healthcare travel adventure and cheers to becoming a VIP Guest!

    Ardor Health’s December 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 December Traveler of the Month, Aangelina!

    Aangelina is a Speech Language Pathologist with over 20 years of experience in her field! She has been traveling with Ardor Health for almost two years and her recruiter, Brittany, says they make a great team! Aangelina comes highly recommended after every assignment because of her amazing attitude and upbeat personality. Her recruiter says she genuinely cares, and that’s what sets her apart on every assignment!

    Aangelina cares about her students and makes a true impact on the lives of the children she works with day in and day out. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s also a part of Ardor Health’s New Grad Mentorship program! In the mentorship program, Aangelina has a chance to help new grads enter the workforce and be there for comfort and support!

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

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

    My favorite part of being a traveling SLP is meeting new people, being exposed to new cultures, trying different foods, and seeing historical sites. Last year I worked on a Navajo reservation and it was a wonderful experience. I’ve worked in six states and numerous cities.

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

    I love having the opportunity to see all the beauty in this world and meet new people. I’ve been to the top of Pikes Peak and Mount St. Helens and through the bottom of Carlsbad Caverns and the ruins of Choco Canyon. But I still hope to see Mount Rushmore one day.

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

    In my free time, I like to take my dog to the dog park. I also enjoy driving around to see new places. The Christmas lights, in Grand Junction, are awesome this year!

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

    When I get home from a long days work, I like to eat pizza and watch movies.

    5. What’s your dream car? Why?

    I own my dream car. It’s a Subaru Legacy with all the bells and whistles. Eyesight is awesome and I have a five star safety rating. That’s important when you travel.

    Getting Ready For ASHA 2016

    It’s hard to believe, but one of the biggest ASHA conventions is right around the corner! As one of ASHA’s Visionary Sponsors, Ardor Health Solutions will join 15,000 attendees at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on November 17th. Thousands of attendees will include speech-language pathologists, audiologists, CFYs and other healthcare professionals from a variety of different backgrounds.

    Where to Find Us

    Ardor Health’s Team will be set up at Booth #1501. The three day event will give every attendee the chance to meet thousands of professionals from all over the country and learn invaluable skills to help them in the workplace!

    ASHA’s 2016 theme is “Everyday leadership. Leadership every day.” Read more about the theme and how it will be explored in the message from the Convention Co-Chairs.

    Ardor Health has taken this year’s theme to heart with the launch of its new Mentorship Program. We’ve recruited dozens of SLPs, OTs, and PTS in the industry to help mentor new graduates and CFYs. We’ve found that our mentors have helped new travelers to propel themselves into a rewarding and valuable career!

    Keep an eye out in your goody bags for Ardor Health’s postcard detailing everything you need to know. Whether you’re a new grad or experienced traveler, we’ve got you covered!

    So let’s meet up! Again, we’ll be hanging out at Booth #1501 and giving away free stuff like a brand new Apple Watch! Join our VP of Sales, Robbi Kelly, Kim Davis and Karen Marino, two of Ardor Health’s best recruiters, and Mike Lamia, Ardor Health’s Director of Marketing and Communications. We’ll see you there!

    Quick Start Guide To New Grad Mentorship

    Congratulations! You’ve graduated! Now it’s time to grab that first big job out of college. We know that it can be a pretty scary experience when it comes to getting that first travel job, but that’s why we’re here to help! Traveling the country is a quick, easy, and efficient way to develop your skills as a new grad. Ardor Health has developed a Mentorship Program to aid you on your journey, making sure a seasoned therapist is always there to give you advice and help whenever you need it! Check it out below!

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    WHY WOULD YOU START YOUR CAREER WITHOUT A MENTOR?

    A big asset to our unique travel therapy program for new graduates is the mentorship provided by Ardor’s Mentors. These therapists are highly qualified to provide support to new grads like yourself as they have walked in your footsteps. Each of our Ardor Health Mentors is eager to provide comprehensive support including travel support, so you never feel alone on the go.

    Free CEU’s

    The healthcare field never stops evolving and neither should your education. Ardor Health offers over 1,000 courses for you to continue your therapy education throughout your career with us. New courses are added each day and are available to you 24/7. Absolutely free.

    Tuition Reimbursement

    Free private housing not enough to get you moving? How about tax-free tuition reimbursement? At Ardor Health we are invested in your continued education, and can help offset your education costs. By completing a few requirements through your assignments, you can receive a check for $2,500 just for your tuition costs! Ask your recruiter for the nitty-gritty.

    Choosing A Travel Company With Competitive Health Benefits

    Choosing a healthcare staffing company to travel with can be a daunting task. There are several questions that you might ask yourself before making your choice. Who has the most qualified jobs? What type of support will I receive on assignment? Who has the most competitive pay package? All of these questions are great! But one factor you might overlook from time to time is the affordability of the health insurance with the company you plan to travel with. You want the comfort and security of a strong plan, but you don’t want your health insurance to take a toll on your bottom line.

    The Changing Landscape

    The Wall Street Journal says several states throughout the country will see significant premium increases for the next year. For example, Tennessee residents are receiving an increase of 62% on the state run health insurance plans. Other states like Kentucky are receiving an increase of 23%. The Department of Health and Human Services reported that the annual increase across the country will be 25%. Some insurers such as Aetna and United Healthcare are pulling out of the state run programs entirely.

    But travelers who choose Ardor Health have nothing to fear; that’s because Ardor Health offers plans for travelers that start as low $33.00 per week!

    “In July we made a decision to switch insurance companies from United Healthcare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. Only a few insurance companies are able to provide our Travelers coverage in most of the 50 states that we do business,” said Michael Lamia, Co-Founder and CEO of Ardor Health Solutions, ” Our employees are paid weekly, and their premiums are deducted weekly. The state run exchanges cannot come close to competing with our health insurance program.”

    Interested in learning more about Ardor Health Solutions’ comprehensive benefits? Click here!

    Ardor Health Named As Best Workplace For Women

    Ardor Health Solutions has been named one of the best places for women to work in the country for the second year in a row! Out of the hundreds of companies evaluated, Ardor ranked #61, climbing 18 spots from last year’s ranking! The ratings are based on employee’s assessments of communications with management, options for development and training, and support for work/life balance, among other factors. The ranking also takes into account how well-represented women are within the workforce overall and in management and executive positions.

    “Here at Ardor Health Solutions, we take pride in helping women to achieve both a professional and fulfilling career,” said Patty Lamia, President and Co-Founder of Ardor Health Solutions, “Ardor Health’s success can always be traced back to the time, contribution, and dedication that our employees bring everyday!”

    So How Did Ardor Health Rank?

    At Ardor Health, 81% of employees are women, who also make up 55% of executive positions. Most employees say they love the atmosphere of the office, thanks to thoughtful programs like Ardor All-Stars that recognizes
    and rewards exemplary employees each month. Employees also enjoy flexible scheduling opportunities and free snacks and breakfasts in the office. In addition, Ardor Health rewards their employees with trips to places like Epcot and on cruises when they meet quarterly goals.

    How Are Companies Chosen?

    The 100 Best Workplaces for Women rankings are based upon feedback from more than 137,762 women at Great Place to Work–Certified companies. Women completed our anonymous Trust Index© survey, answering questions about how frequently they experience the behaviors that create a great workplace, including, for example, their assessment of how fairly they’re treated regardless of gender, the quality and authenticity of communications with managers, and equitable pay and promotion practices. Women’s anonymous responses resulted in a total score for each company, which was compared to the benchmark for organizations of that size, and ranked accordingly.

    Results from the survey are highly reliable, having a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of 6% or less. Winning a spot on this list indicates the company has distinguished itself from peers by being a great place to work for women, and has a workplace where women have high representation in the total employee population and in management positions. The 100 companies with the highest employee ratings and female representation were selected for the list.

    You can read the entire review at Great Places To Work.

    The Ardor Health Solutions Family is always looking to growing!
    If you’re interested in joining the Ardor Team, simply check out our current job postings.

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    10 Great Reasons Why You Should Choose A Career In Schools

    The amazing folks over at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA.org) have put together a fantastic list on why now is the time to choose a career in schools. Whether you’re a Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, School Nurse, School Psychologist or Special Education Teacher, there are limitless opportunities for you in a school setting. See the list below!

    10. Wide Variety of Opportunities

    • Work with students with diverse backgrounds in preschool, elementary and middle/high school settings
    • Choose where you want to live, whether it be in an urban, rural or suburban area
    • Gain the opportunity to help students with differing disorders in a variety of different ways. (Individual basis, small groups or in classrooms

    9. High Demand for SLPs in Schools

    • Become a part of one of the fastest growing settings

    8. Job Security and Excellent Benefits

    • Take advantage of competitive health, leave and retirement programs
    • Enjoy comprehensive benefits packages

    7. Favorable Schedules

    • Enjoy family friendly work schedules
    • Receive paid holidays, breaks and summer vacations
    • Explore opportunities for part-time work and job sharing

    6. Competitive Salaries

    • Reap rewards for advanced credits, degrees or the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)
    • Benefit from salary supplement, sign-on bonus, tuition reimbursement, loan forgiveness and relocation expenses
    • Gain extra income for summer or after-school programs

    5. Work As A Professional Team Member

    • Collaborate with other like-minded professionals, including: Speech Language Pathologists, teachers, school nurses, occupational therapists & physical therapists, school psychologists and special education teachers

    4. Ongoing Professional Development

    • Advance your professional knowledge with Free CEUs
    • Learn about school-related topics
    • Share your expertise with others

    3. Variety of Career Options

    • Develop your specialization in learn new skills
    • Participate in research opportunities

    2. Opportunity for Creativity

    • Develop new approaches, techniques and materials
    • Create unique programs to meet student needs
    • Experience new models of service delivery and other new school initiatives

    1. A Life-Long Career

    • Unlock a student’s potential!
    • Contribute to a student’s personal, academic social and vocational growth
    • Develop long-term relationships with students, families and colleagues

    Want to learn more about school opportunities? Click here!

    How To Get The Most Out Of Your Clinical Fellowship Year

    Your Clinical Fellowship Year can be a difficult transition period, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s possible to travel for your career as a clinical fellow and receive amazing mentorship and experience all while completing your CFY . How you might ask? By traveling for a school contract of course!

    Now you’ve probably heard about school travel, but the truth is it’s by far the best way to complete a CF in a school settings versus other settings because of the length of the contract and because you will have only one CF Mentor during the CF year.

    Why School Travel Is The Best Choice for Your CFY

    Mentorship 

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    A big asset to our unique travel therapy program for graduates is the mentorship provided by Ardor Health’s Mentors. These therapists are highly qualified to provide support to new grads like you as they have walked in your footsteps. Each of our Ardor Health Mentorsb is eager to provide all-over support including travel support, so you never feel alone on the go.

    Ease of Use: When you do your CFY at a school setting, you take the stress out of your Clinical Fellowship year while gaining a ton of experience! Before you know it, the year has passed and you’re on to your next great position.

    Experience: Working in a school setting will allow you to gain valuable experience immediately. Not only will you learn from the attending SLP, but from other co-workers as well!

    Competitive Pay: Travel therapy pays the big bucks. But travel therapy can make some uncomfortable since they feel like they are always searching for a new job. That’s not the case with School Travel. Ardor Health will secure your position for the entire school year and then help you find your next job months before your contract comes up. That means you make great pay and have the comfort and security of a school position!

    Time Needed: You probably know that you must still work under the supervision of an SLP with CCC for 9 months after you graduate. That equates to 36 weeks of full-time (35 hours per week) experience totaling a minimum of 1260 hours is what is required to complete a CFY year!

    That may seem like a lot, but that equals out to just one travel school contract!

    CEUs: The medical field never stops advancing, and neither should your education. Ardor Health offers over 1,000 courses for you to continue your therapy education throughout the first two years of the New Grad Program. New courses are added each day and are available to 24/7. Absolutely free.

    What Can CFYs Do Again?

    We’re glad you asked! Below is a list of the do’s and do not’s of a CFY

    CFYs Can:

    • Develop treatment plans by identifying a problem list, including long and short-term goals and methods to achieve identified goals
    • Provide and direct speech therapy services, treatment, program planning and implementation
    • Identify and treat students with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders
    • Review the quality and appropriateness of the total services delivered and of individual speech language pathology programs
    • Provide Family/Teacher consultation

    CFYs cannot:

    • Supervise students, SLP Assistants, or other CF’s
    • Engage in administrative activities that do not deal directly with student management
    • Regarding signing off on evals, ASHA is ok with it so long as it is within the capability of the state regulations. It would have to be verified with the state board if it is within the CFY’s scope of practice
    • Everything else a CFY CAN’T do in a school setting would be up to the school district’s job description

    More Information: ASHA Website: http://www.asha.org/certification/Clinical-Fellowship.htm

    Can Pokémon Go Be The Next Great Health App?

    If you’ve been to a park within the past week or decided to go for a jog in the city, you may have noticed a large amount of people looking down at their phones. We know, that’s nothing new, but it’s what they’re doing on their phones that could change the mobile health industry as we know it.

    You’ve probably heard of Pokémon before. It’s a massively successful franchise with trading cards, cartoons and video games where you catch creatures named Pokémon. But a new app named Pokémon Go has the internet buzzing and sending people out exploring parts of their community they never thought to visit.

    What Is Pokémon Go?

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    Pokémon Go’s premise is very simple. It’s a mobile game that’s free for both iOS and Android and it allows you to create your own character. The app was created by Nintendo and a Niantic Labs. The app then uses augmented reality using your phone’s camera to catch, train and trade all types of Pokémon. It indeed sounds simple, but the game has already been downloaded over 7.5 million times. In addition, the game urges you to go out and explore your communities, resulting in many people walking miles to catch Pokémon. So, does this mean Pokémon Go could become one of the most successful mobile health apps there ever was? It’s looking that way.

    The Inherent Health Benefits

    Experts in the mobile and digital health industry are hailing Pokémon Go as an all in one health
    benefits app. The app encourages users to get outside with their friends, walk to parts of their communities they normal wouldn’t go, meet new people and get some exercise in the process. Although these social, mental and physical benefits may be slight, they can eventually stack up quite quickly. Cris Hogg, COO of Propeller Health and a digital health expert called the app “the most interesting health app to launch in a long time”.

    Fitness Trackers are also seeing an increase in their user’s activity. Fitness tracker Jawbone UP says since Pokémon Go launched, users have logged in more than 62.5 percent more steps the weekend after it launched compared to the weekend before. Check out the chart below.

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    The app also does wonders for mental health, according to PsychologyToday.com, the use of virtual and augmented reality technology to treat psychological problems is not new. Virtual reality games are currently being used and researched to treat depression, anxiety, and PTSD, as well as alleviate pain, and even improve physical rehabilitation after strokes.

    The app also helps to ease social anxiety and depression, allowing people who typically fear meeting new people to actually want to get out there and make new friends. Within minutes, many users run into each other, phone in hand, and a conversation can spark about Pokémon Go. The game allows you to play alone, but rewards you exploring and meeting others.

    When it comes to therapy, Pokémon Go can help users currently recovering in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy to get some additional exercise to help their treatment.

    Of course the app shouldn’t be used to replace normal therapy or typical exercise. But anything that gets people out and moving is OK in our book. Just please make sure to look both ways before crossing the street.

    Preparing For The New School Year As A Traveling Therapist

    School may be out for the summer, but it’s never too early to start planning your next school travel assignment for the 2016-2017 School Year! When you travel with Ardor Health, life is made a lot easier, that’s why we’ve compiled a list of important tips to get you ready for your next travel assignment!

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    Ardor Health has a Licensure Department to ensure that our candidates are completing the right applications and following the correct process. Our Department provides guidance to the therapists for all license applications, credentials, teaching certifications, and trainings required for State Boards and Department of Education Certifications. Let us worry about

    Important Tips

    • Once you decide where you’re going to travel, it’s important to contact the appropriate state board that governs your practice.
    • Familiarize yourself with all the state mandates for licensure – this includes tests of laws and rules, fingerprinting, continuing education requirements and education verification.
    • Make sure you understand how long the licensure process is. The state board website may not be accurate, so you may need to give them a call!
    • Licensure may take 4-10 weeks to process. Some states will also require additional teaching certifications. Some states may not let you apply for the license and teaching certification simultaneously. You will have to be approved for the license in order to apply for the teacher certification.
    • Following up on your licensure is key! Follow up constantly until you’re granted the license!
    • Some schools may allow you to start your assignment with the teaching certification process pending, as long you have the license and cleared fingerprints.

    There’s plenty to do before starting your next assignment!

    No matter the specialty, there are plenty of states that would be amazing travel locations. So where would you like to travel next? These 17 states are the top places to travel for the 2016-2017 school year!

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    Of course, Ardor Health Solutions has positions in all 50 states, these are just a few states that we think you may want to consider traveling to this year. Still interested in traveling to another state? No problem! We’ve got a job for you!

    The School Traveler Road Map:

    Are you thinking about starting a new contract in a school position?

    Give yourself a head start by preparing for the new school year!

    Ardor Health Solutions Named As A Great Place To Work

    Ardor Health Solutions has been certified as a great workplace by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work®! Ardor Health Solutions earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys.

    A summary of these ratings can be found at: http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/ardor-health-solutions.

    “It really is an honor to receive such a distinction two years in a row,” said Mike Lamia, CEO and Co-Founder of Ardor Health Solutions, “we strive everyday to make the workplace enjoyable and enriching for each one of our employees.”

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    Ardor Health Solutions employees completed 81 surveys, resulting in a 90 percent confidence level and a margin of error of ± 1.99.

    “We applaud Ardor Health Solutions for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Kim Peters, Vice President of Great Place to Work’s Recognition 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.”

    About Ardor Health Solutions

    Ardor Health is a rapidly-growing Healthcare Staffing company that began in 2001. We specialize in the temporary and permanent placement of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists as well as PTAs, COTAs, CFYs, SLPAs, School Psychologists, RNs, PAs and other specialties across all fifty states. Ardor Health has the best sales force in the industry, which in turn makes the company incredibly strong. Ardor provides quality positions and care for its travelers/candidates, as well as the facilities they staff them in. Ardor Health has a fun, energetic, family-oriented, business-casual environment with a fast-paced mind set. Its staff is ever-changing, organized, highly qualified and dedicated to customer service.

    About Great Place to Work®

    Great Place to Work® is the global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list and a series of Great Place to Work® Best Workplaces lists including lists for Millennials, Women, Diversity, Small and Medium Companies and over a half dozen different industry lists.

    Follow Great Place to Work online at www.greatplacetowork.com and on Twitter at @GPTW_US.

    The 11 Most Sought After Cities For Occupational Therapists

    A new report from InsiderMonkey.com has shined some light on some of the highest demand cities for occupational therapists. These 11 cities offer some of the best locations to travel to for temporary assignments and offer some of the most competitive salaries in the country!

    Occupational Therapy is absolutely essential to a patient’s rehabilitation. Occupational therapists work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities. OTs also help clients to recover and maintain important skills that are used in the work space.

    According to InsiderMonkey.com, they determined the cities with the highest demand for occupational therapists, by discovering which cities paid the highest salaries to occupational therapists as higher salaries are a direct result of high demand. In addition, the folks over at InsiderMonkey.com also linked the amount of Occupational Therapists living in a city to high demand. Then then took the average of both the criteria mentioned in order to determine the rankings.

    All data is courtesy of InsiderMonkey.com

    11. Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater,

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    Average annual salary in the city: $88,980
    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 50

    Total number of jobs in the city: 960

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 23

    Overall score: 13.5

    10. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX

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    Average annual salary in the city: $87,980

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 67

    Total number of jobs in the city: 1,560

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 9

    Overall score: 15.5

    9. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC

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    Average annual salary in the city: $88,440

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 55

    Total number of jobs in the city: 1,530

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 11

    Overall score: 17

    7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA

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    Average annual salary in the city: $100,510

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 11

    Total number of jobs in the city: 500

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 49

    Overall score: 20

    7. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA

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    Average annual salary in the city: $88,210

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 57

    Total number of jobs in the city: 2,360

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 3

    Overall score: 20

    6. Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach, FL

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    Average annual salary in the city: $98,170

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 14

    Total number of jobs in the city: 570

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 44

    Overall score: 21

    5. Edison-New Brunswick, NJ

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    Average annual salary in the city: $93,050

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 34

    Total number of jobs in the city: 1,260

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 15

    Overall score: 25.5

    4. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA

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    Average annual salary in the city: $94,430

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 26

    Total number of jobs in the city: 1,050

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 22

    Overall score: 26

    3. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV

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    Average annual salary in the city: $114,320

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 1

    Total number of jobs in the city: 550

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 45

    Overall score: 27

    2. Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA

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    Average annual salary in the city: $93,650

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 29

    Total number of jobs in the city: 1,310

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 14

    Overall score: 28.5

    1. Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX

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    Average annual salary in the city: $94,880

    Ranking according to average annual salary in the city: 24

    Total number of jobs in the city: 2,010

    Ranking according to total number of jobs in the city: 5

    Overall score: 35.5

    The Best Places To Travel In Spring

    Spring is finally here and there is no better time than now to travel the country! There are countless opportunities all over the country, whether you’re a travel therapist (PT,OT, or SLP) or travel nurse. Now may be the time to visit some of the “colder” states as the flowers start to bloom and the temperatures start to warm up. But where should you travel to? Well, that all depends on you, since Ardor Health has jobs all over the country that are ready for you!

    Traveling To Somewhere You’ve Never Been

    Perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit the Northeast and see Boston in the spring time, or perhaps you’ve heard about how beautiful the Carolinas can be when the flowers are blooming, so why not see it for yourself? Spring can be one of the best times to travel to new places because of the beautiful weather you can find. But those are just a few areas of the country that are perfect to visit in the spring time. Why not take a look in a state you’re interested in right now?

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    Traveling is a great option even if you are new to the world of travel therapy or travel nursing. Our team of recruiters will work personally with you to find you the best opportunity as a new grad in your preferred setting and area of the country.

     

    Traveling To Visit Family

     

    Traveling can be one of the most rewarding career paths you can take as a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist or Nurse, but having to spend time away from family can be a difficult choice. As a family owned company, Ardor Health understands the value of keeping your loved ones close. We can always work to find you travel assignments that can put you close to your family. But say you want to visit some extended family you haven’t seen in awhile, not a problem! The country is yours to travel, so why not catch up with friends or family in locations you’d normally have to pay to visit? We think you should get paid and have the ability to see the people and places you love. If you fall in love with a particular area, many facilities can offer travel extensions from six months to a year, allowing you to get to know a city even more!

    Ready to get started? We have a job for you!

    Call 855-Go-Ardor

    Or Search Open Jobs Now!

    Travel Therapy Is Always Better Together

    You probably know that travel therapy is one of the best options for therapist’s career, especially if you’re a new grad. Traveling allows you to see the country while getting paid to help others and grants you almost limitless opportunities! But some people think that travel therapy means they have to be away from friends or their significant other. But that’s not really the case anymore. Ardor Health makes traveling with a friend or partner easy, whether you’re a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist, or any other Allied Health professional.

    Traveling With Your Significant Other

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    Many Travelers often say they are worried how traveling might affect their relationships. On one hand they would love to see the country and help others in different states. But on the other hand, they don’t want to be apart from their significant other for a long period of time. But many travel therapists enjoy the comfort of having the best of both worlds!

    The picture on the right is a photo of Gabe and Jessica Renzi. They are two physical therapists that have been traveling together for several years! To date, they have worked at 13 different assignments in 5 states. They are a great example of how traveling with your significant other can open up your career and your life to new and exciting possibilities.

    You can check out their website here.

    Of course, it’s great if your partner is in the same healthcare field as you, but that doesn’t mean you can’t travel together if you’re in different fields. If your partner isn’t in the same field, they could travel with you and work remotely if their job allows it. Telecommuting is becoming more and more popular among employers. Your partner could also take a few months off and take online classes while they travel with you.
     

    Other Traveling With Your BFF

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    Traveling with a friend is also a great option, especially for new grads. Ardor Health would work to find both of you a position in a new city, allowing you both to ease into the change in location and atmosphere. Starting off your career with a friend by your side is one of the best ways to get started in travel therapy! Having someone to share new experiences with is priceless when traveling.

    But at the same time, you can expect to make many new friends along the way, possibly wanting to start new travel contracts with them in the future as well.

    That’s the advantage of traveling with Ardor Health. Your personal recruiter will do their best to find a place to lives for both of you and your partner/friend that accommodates the both of you. It may cost a bit more to take someone with you, but Ardor Health’s compensation plans will easily lift any financial burden that you may have.

    Are You Ready To Travel With Someone Else?

    Call us at: 855-GO-ARDOR

    Or Email us at: Info@ArdorHealth.com

    Visit Us: www.ArdorHealth.com

    Home Health Adding More Jobs Compared To Other Settings

    Home Health Job Growth On The Up & Up

    Anyone who enjoys working in a Home Health setting is in for a pleasant surprise. New information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Home Health has added more jobs than any other healthcare setting.

    In the past, Home Health has been the subject of high turnover, but that appears to have changed over the last 12 months. The Home Health setting has addded 74,900 jobs at a growth of 5.8%!

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    The chart above shows off the various changes over the past 12 months in different health care settings. Outpatient care grew at 4.2% while hospitals grew at 3.7%. Nursing and residential care grew as well, but only by 1.2%.Home_Health.jpg

    In the first quarter of 2016 alone, Home Health added 30,000 jobs! Specifically, home health care added about 10,000 jobs in each month of 2016’s first quarter, higher than the 12-month average of 7,000 jobs.

    According to HomeHealthCareNews.com, these numbers point to widespread predictions that home health will be among the fastest-growing employment sectors as the population ages.

    In March alone, Home Health reached upwards to 9% of health care employment. Nursing and other residential care facilities accounted for 21 % of healthcare employment. However, that number could change in the near future, since a large amount of Baby Boomers are projected to retire.

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    To sum up, the health sector added 118,000 jobs in Q1 2016, nearly identical to the 119,000 jobs added in Q4 2015. However, reports predict that job growth pace in the health sector will slow from its recent, brisk pace.

    You can read the entire report in full by clicking here.

    Nursing: Keeping The ‘Care’ In Healthcare

    On a day to day basis, nurses have a lot to take on. Juggling the responsibilities of caring for patients, keeping records updated, communicating to doctors and working extensive shifts.

    All of these challenges can lead to both physical fatigue and eventually, compassion fatigue.

    What is Compassion Fatigue?

    According to CompasionFatigue.org

    “Compassion Fatigue is a state experienced by helping people or animals in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it can create a secondary traumatic stress for the helper.”

    For most people, the symptoms can be hiding in plain sight:

    • A sensation of feeling overwhelmed when dealing with patients
    • Struggling to manage the emotions that arise from patient deaths
    • Having to balance the demands of doctors and family members while performing day to day tasks
    • Being urged to discharge patients as quickly as possible.

    If any of these seem to resonate with you, you’re not alone.

    Many nurses experience compassion fatigue from time to time and struggle to relax and recharge when they have time off.

    Compassion fatigue occurs because of a nurse’s exposure to their patients’ problems and their empathy that they hold for them. This combination can lead to a nurse falling into a deep unhappiness that may seem difficult to avoid.

    Combating Compassion Fatigue

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    There are steps to combat compassion fatigue and even prevent it! Believe it or not, it’s important to confront the difficult emotions of sadness or grief that you may experience when dealing with a
    patient’s suffering or death. Talking to a supervisor or peer about the situation helps. Other nurses find comfort in journaling about such hardships. Putting one’s thoughts to paper can help alleviate stress in a big way and leave you feeling with a sense of release, as if a burden was lifted off of your shoulders.
    The nurses that are most susceptible to compassion fatigue are typically the ones who are most dedicated to their profession. Researchers say that it’s important for these nurses to recharge themselves, more than anyone else. Travel nurses can find comfort and relaxation by exploring new and exciting areas in their travel city. When traveling, it’s also important to stay connected with loved ones on a regular basis, whether it be through Skype or on the phone. Taking time out for yourself, will help you keep your compassion. strong.

    Staying Ahead

    To recap, there are several coping mechanisms that you can use to handle compassion fatigue or even prevent it.

    •  Remember to take time out for yourself. Read something you enjoy or watch something to make you laugh. It’s important to leave time for you.
    • Stay healthy. Try to exercise several times a week and eat healthy. If your body feels healthy, so will your mind.
    • Don’t try to fight every battle. Choose the battles that are worth fighting.
    • Stay positive. If you fill your mind with positive thoughts, then you will quickly begin to see positive change!

    Do You Have Compassion Fatigue?

    Healthyplace.com has created a quick assessment to determine if someone has compassion fatigue or not. Unsure if you have compassion fatigue? Head over and give it a try.

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    These are only several ways to overcome compassion fatigue. Check out the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project athttp://www.compassionfatigue.org/ to learn more.

     

    The 2016 Nursing Industry Forecast

     

    There is a lot of data to consider when trying to forecast the future of a particular sector of the healthcare sector.

     

    Ardor Health Solutions recently compiled a brand new forecasting report for The Nursing Industry in 2016. The report crunches the numbers and looks deep into which way the nursing industry is trending.

     

    Want to know more? Click below to view the report!

     

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    Tinder’s Most Right Swiped Jobs: Nurses, PTs and SLPs make the list!

    At this point, we all have a pretty good idea of what Tinder is. It’s the app that allows you to swipe left or right on a person’s picture. Left means you don’t like them. Right means you do like them. It’s a pretty simple concept.

    But now, Tinder has released data on which jobs were the most right-swiped. This comes after the company introduced the ability to add your job to your profile only three months ago. As it turns out,listing your education and your career will make you more “swipeable” on the dating app.

    So who made the top of the list? Well, when it comes to healthcare, women who are either a Physical Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist or Nurse are commonly being swiped to the right!

    As for men, the top male jobs stay away from healthcare and instead include careers like pilot, firefighter and lawyer. However, doctor and paramedic did end of making the list.

    Want to know more? Check out the full list below!

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    So what does this list mean? In the end, it is just one company’s data, but it is nice to see career choices from doctors, SLPs, Nurses and PTs getting some love. If you’re not finding much luck on Tinder, perhaps it’s time to switch career fields?

     

    Speaking Of Love…

    Have you liked Ardor Health Solutions on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter yet?

    We post the latest in healthcare news and exclusive job opportunities. Share the love and give us a like!

     

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    Prehab: Strengthen Your Body Before Surgery

    If you’ve ever had to undergo any type of extensive surgery, you know that the recovery process can be long and sometimes painful. But unfortunately, it’s a necessary step in any recovery. But there is a way to ease the pain and make the process of recovery a lot easier if you simply plan ahead.

    It’s called prehab; and it’s becoming a growing solution for any person who has to face surgery or any athlete or active individual who simply wants to prevent injury.

    Prehab: Strengthen Your Body Before Surgery

    What Is Prehab?

    Prehab can be slotted into two different categories. The first is prehabilitation and the second is used to prevent injuries in activities or sports.

    Let’s start with the prehabilitation portion.

    Research points to evidence that prehab helps improve a patient’s recovery speed post surgery, and in the end, helps the patient to save money by avoiding large physical therapy bills.

    Through prehab, healthcare professionals help a patient by educating them and laying out an exercise program that’s designed to increase a patient’s strength, endurance and overall recovery speed before any major surgery.

    Since exercise naturally increases someone’s strength, endurance and flexibility, it’s only natural that exercising before surgery, or prehab will decrease your time in rehab or the hospital and increase your quality of life following surgery. Prehab isn’t limited to one specific surgery either.

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    Prehab can help when dealing with surgeries like:

    Cancer treatment

    Rotator cuff repair

    ACL repair

    Hip and Knee replacement

    Joint replacement

    Cardiac Surgery

    Orthopedic Surgery

     

     

    These are just a few procedures that a patient can prepare for through prehab.

    Prehab For Prevention

    There are several companies that already help active individuals to get in touch with prehab specialists to begin conditioning.

    Prehab.com say, “Prehab is a proven, common sense technique to thoughtfully prevent injuries before they happen. Preventing injuries decrease healthcare costs, and can improve the quality of life for many Americans.”

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    Prehab is the most effectively way of addressing preventable injury in sports. It links experienced professionals with effective prevention information and educated athletes. Request that your healthcare provider is a certified prehab specialist.

    The Structure Of A Prehab For Program

    The typical length of a prehab program lasts anywhere between 4 and 12 weeks. Between that length of time, the typical human body will gain enough strength and endurance to allow for better recovery after surgery. Most people can get by with a program lasting between 6 and 8 weeks with an exercise routine between 3 and 5 days.  Of course, a physical therapist would work with you to craft a program for your specific body and target parts that will be affected by surgery.

    Like any exercise program, the intensity would be scaled to your current physical condition or limitations.

    Unfortunately, prehab is not covered by insurance as of right now. But the argument could be made that the faster recovery process is invaluable!

    The intensity of the program will depend on your current physical condition and any limitations you may have related to your medical diagnosis that is requiring you to undergo surgery.

     

    Are You A Physical Therapist Interested in Prehab?

    Download The Ardor Health Solutions Mobile App

    The Ardor Health Solutions mobile app is the perfect way to connect yourself with the latest physical therapy jobs.Your dream job could be at your fingertips no matter what career you hold in the healthcare industry. Click below Download The Ardor Health App Now!
    Surf jobs on the Ardor Health Solutions website: http://www.jobs.ardorhealth.com/

    Keeping Nurses Happy And Battling Turnover

    A happy nurse is an efficient nurse. Really, that statement can be said for any profession out there. But nurses, perhaps more than any other industry, have to deal with one of those most dynamic and stressful environments. Those types of environments can sometimes lead to “nurse burnout”. But there’s a way to avoid nurse turnover and keep them happy! It’s all about improving quality of life on the job.

     

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    Staying Focused

    Research shows that if a nurse can stay focused on their work and not staffing concerns, then patient overall care increases. It’s plain and simple, adding a Registered Nurse’s hours to patient care drastically improves the outlook for that patient.  The average RN turnover rate is 15% and that rate is set to increase over 2016 at 42%. In addition, a shortage of RNs is expected to reach at least 20% over the next 10 years! This is due to the fact that many Baby Boomers are retiring, while others are simply just leaving the industry.

    When it comes to work life balance, a higher percentage of RNs say that a higher workload is the biggest reason that prevents them from having a satisfying work/life balance. When a nurse has to juggle several patients, it becomes difficult for them to provide outstanding care.

     

    Satisfaction Guaranteed

    When nurses are allowed to have the time to build meaningful nurse-patient relationships and provide genuine care for people, then their satisfaction is proven to increase, resulting in many nurses staying on board for the long term.  Morale is important in any occupation, but when it comes to patient care, it’s perhaps now more integral than ever. The last thing a nurse wants to deal with when heading into their shift is the unknown. Staffing issues can lead to several problems if a facility is not staffed correctly. However, if staffing is a problem, new scheduling software and or schedules will not necessarily solve the problem. The problem can almost always be traced back to patient flow. Providing and securing an effective means of bring new patients into a hospital, facility or clinic has a trickle down effect and will almost always lead to a better quality of life on the job for nurses and eventually solve staffing issues.

     

    The Changing Landscape

    One thing we know about nurses for sure, is that you can never have too many of them. That’s why entering the nursing field can be such a promising career. A new study reinforces this fact, citing that hospitals with more nurses have significantly lower mortality rates than hospitals where nurses are spread too thin.

    The British Medical Journal says the same also  goes for doctors. More doctors to cover more patients found that there would also be a low chance of death. The study examined 137 acute care “trusts,” which are organizations that oversee hospitals in the U.K. Specifically, facilities with ratios of one nurse per six patients or lower had 20 percent lower patient mortality rates than those with 10 or more nurses per patient.

    In contrast, the study found that higher numbers of other health care support workers, who have less training than nurses, was associated with higher mortality rates. That, said the researchers, was evidence that hospitals seeking to cut costs by hiring less experienced substitutes for nurses are doing a disservice to patients.

     

    The 2016 Nursing Industry Forecast

    There is a lot of data to consider when trying to forecast the future of a particular sector of the healthcare sector.

    Ardor Health Solutions recently compiled a brand new forecasting report for The Nursing Industry in 2016. The report crunches the numbers and looks deep into which way the nursing industry is trending.

    Want to know more? Click below to view the report!

     

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    Large Amount Of Baby Boomer Nurses Projected To Retire

    Now that 2016 is up and running and February is already around the corner, it’s time to take a look how the healthcare industry is shaping up in 2016. The nursing industry is projected to see some pretty significant changes over the next several years as the Baby Boomer population continues to move into retirement.

    Breaking Down The Numbers

    According to StaffingIndustry.com, nearly two-thirds of registered nurses over the age of 54 are now considering retirement.

    Of those nurses over 54 who are considering retirement, 62% plan to retire within the next three years. Additionally, 21% of nurses over age 54 said they will switch to part time work.

    More than half of current registered nurses are over 50, according to a 2013 study by the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers.

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    These numbers paint a clear sign that healthcare management needs to begin preparing for the sharp decline. Not only could the number of nurses decrease, but the amount of collective experience will decrease as well. This means that Millenials will begin to move in as the primary generation in nursing.

    The 2015 Survey of Registered Nurses included 9,000 registered nurses in a variety of fields and specialties.

    Registered Nurse Growth

    The BLS projects a 19 percent growth rate by 2022, but it also estimates that 525,000 currently working registered nurses will have to be replaced due to retirements, which puts the total number of new hires anticipated at 1.05 million over the next seven years. In addition, the average age of working nurses is expected to rise to 44.6 from the current 42.7.

    Looking Forward

    Registered Nurses did make the list as one of the toughest jobs to fill in a recent report, but there is still a silver lining. RN positions may be tough to fill in 2016, but only because of a significant spike in demand as referenced above.

    The 2016 Nursing Industry Forecast

    There is a lot of data to consider when trying to forecast the future of a particular sector of the healthcare sector.

    Ardor Health Solutions recently compiled a brand new forecasting report for The Nursing Industry in 2016. The report crunches the numbers and looks deep into which way the nursing industry is trending.

    Travel PT From The Perspective Of A New Grad

    When I began my job hunt after graduating from PT school and passing my board exam, I wasn’t sure which setting I wanted to work in permanently. Having enjoyed all my clinical rotations in school and having numerous interests, I began looking for a permanent position where I would have the opportunity to rotate between units and/or clinical settings. This type of position turned out to be much harder to find than I originally anticipated. So, I decided that I could create my own rotating position as a traveling Physical Therapist. I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made!

    I decided to create an informational packet about Travel PT from the perspective of a new graduate for the students attending my alma mater, and any other new graduates who may be interested in doing travel PT. I remember how intimidating it can be to enter the job market as a new grad and how exciting, yet nerve-wracking the idea of traveling can be. I hope that new grads find this information helpful and gives them the insight they need to make an informed decision about their first position as a licensed PT.

    Why Travel?

    •Gain valuabe work experience in a variety of settings

    • Enhance your skill set as a Physical Therapist

    • Grow your professional network

    • Experience different geographic locations throughout the country and enjoy what each location has to offer

    • Do you have friends & family scattered across the country?

    • Do you take an adventure’s approach to life?

    • Hone your interviewing and communication skills

    • Find out what’s important to you in a position prior to beginning a permanent position

    • Take the “good” and the “not so good” aspects of each assignment to frame interview questions prior to taking a permanent position

    • And as an added bonus!!! Great compensation benefits

    Sample Experiences from My Journey as a Traveling PT

    Experience 1:

    Experience 1: • Cleveland, OH • Outpatient worker’s compensation and occupational medicine • Became Worker’s Comp Certified in the State of Ohio • Gained experience working alongside physicians • Human Performance Evaluations & Work-Hardening Training • AllScripts Documentation

    Experience 2

    • Urbana, OH • Outpatient pediatrics, outpatient orthopedic & sports medicine, aquatic therapy, inpatient acute care, and swing bed program!! • EPIC Documentation! • Opportunity to take McKenzie Part A: MDT of the Lumbar Spine
    It’s an awesome way to add to your Physical Therapy skill set!

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    Is it true that most travel contracts are for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)?

    While there are many contracts for skilled nursing facilities, there are also travel assignments available in a variety of other setting including but not limited to:

    • Private outpatient facilities

    • Hospital-based outpatient facilities

    • Acute care

    • Inpatient rehabilitation

    • Swing bed

    • Assisted living

    • Home health

    • Pediatrics

    What are Questions to Ask When Interviewing for a Travel Position?

    • What does a typical day look like? What will my schedule be? Will I be working in a single location or will I be traveling to multiple locations? • What will my caseload be? How many and what types of patients? Do you double book? • What is the make up of your staff? Is it a single therapist clinic or a larger staff? • What documentation system do you use? • What kind of orientation will you provide? • Never ask about compensation and benefits. This will all be handled through your travel company and recruiter

    Will I Receive the Support I Need as a New Graduate?

    • It is important to work with a recruiter who understands and is sensitive to the needs of a new graduate. • Working with a recruiter who knows which contracts and clients are open to a new graduate is key. • With that being said, there will be some positions that will not be willing to interview a new graduate • When speaking to recruiters it is important to ask about their experience placing new graduates. • Some companies even offer free unlimited online CEUs for their travelers. This is another question to consider when speaking with recruiters from different travel companies.

     

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    Will I Be Eligible for Benefits?

    ABSOLUTELY! Most companies will offer you company-paid Disability & Life Insurance on the 1st day of the month.after beginning your first contract you will be eligible for medical, vision, and dental insurance • If you contract begins December 31st, you are eligible January 1st • If your contract begins January 2nd, you are eligible February 1st • Many companies also offer several elective insurance plans that you can opt into if you choose • After 90 days of employment, you will be eligible for 401K retirement programs • DON’T FORGET! – You are also reimbursed for travel, licensing, and pre-employment requirements such as fingerprinting & drug testing

     Why Did I Choose Ardor & Miranda?

    Prior to deciding on a travel company, I spoke to dozens of different companies and their recruiters. For me, Ardor and Miranda stood out from the rest. For one thing, Ardor is a HUGE travel company with A TON of available contracts across the United States in a wide variety of settings. Secondly, Miranda is phenomenal. Unlike many recruiters, she is not pushy or threatening like some other recruiters I spoke with. She works with you to find the best match for you. I interviewed for a few different contracts and said “No” to a few before accepting my first contract. She was completely understanding and moved forward with finding another option for me. Unlike many recruiters who want to just get you signed for one contract, Miranda takes care of her travelers from day one so they will continue to come back to her for assignment after assignment. I know that she’s always available for anything I may need on a daily basis.

    A Helpful Tip if You Know You Want to Travel

    Apply for multiple licenses at the time of original licensure. This will make it easier for you in the beginning as applying for endorsement in other states can be a lengthy process in some states.  For example, if you have family in California, friends in South Carolina, and you want to go to Texas at some point, apply for all 3 states prior to taking the NPTE.

    Want More Information About Current Travel Opportunities with Ardor Health Solutions?

    Download The Ardor Health Solutions Mobile App

    The Ardor Health Solutions mobile app is another example of the perfect combination between technology and healthcare. The Ardor Health app helps you to find your next position. Your dream job could be at your fingertips no matter what career you hold in the healthcare industry. Click below Download The Ardor Health App Now!
    Surf the Ardor Health Solutions website: https://www.ardorhealth.com/

    Check out Miranda’s Facebook page where she post’s some of the HOT travel contracts she has available. 

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    5 Great Reasons Why Speech Language Pathologists Have The Best Job

    If you’re in the healthcare business, you’re in the business of helping others, which is an immense perk of becoming a healthcare professional in the first place. But perhaps it’s Speech Language Pathologists who have some of the greatest benefits when it comes to the day to day life of being an SLP. Here’s what you can expect!

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    5. You Can Be Self-Employed!

    One aspect of Speech Language Pathology that people tend to forget is the ability for you to be self employed. It’s not uncommon for SLPs to work with private clients during their off hours in order to supplement their full time speech language pathology salary. For example, an SLP can spend all day in a school system and then come home to spend a few hours with a client in another state using teletherapy. The possibilities are endless!

    4. Creativity Is Essential

    Creativity is a must if an SLP wants to be successful. But for most Speech Language Pathologists, the necessity of being creative is just an added bonus. Since every child and adult have different needs and abilities, it is essential for SLPs to tap into their creative side to develop programs and exercises for each individual person. Every client is different, which means every therapy program has to be different as well. It may seem stressful, but the ability to create unique programs can be something an SLP looks forward to with each client!

    3. Access To A Variety Of Settings

    Speech Language Pathologists’ education and training open their career up to a variety of different settings. They include, but certainly aren’t limited to.

    • Both Public and Private School Systems
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities
    • Home Health
    • Private Clinics/Private Practice
    • Hospital Inpatient/Outpatient
    • Rehabilitation Centers
    • Nonprofit Agencies

    SLP’s have a huge advantage compared to other careers! It becomes virtually impossible to get burned out in any particular position due to the fact that SLPs can swap in and out of different settings and constantly take on new challenges. The best part? If you’re up to it, you can work in different settings at the same time, increasing your annual income.

    2. Salary & Benefits

    Speaking of annual income, an SLPs salary stays competitive no matter what setting they choose to work in. The below tables provided by The American Speech–Language–Hearing Association show a Speech Language Pathologist’s salary range and median in every setting for 2014.

    SLP Salaries In SNF, Home Health and Hospitals

    SLP Salaries In Schools

    1. The Impact You Have Is Immeasurable!

    One fact that is certainly true among Speech Language Pathologists is the satisfaction they get when they see a student or adult progress over time and begin to see real change in their lives. It can be even more empowering for SLPs whom work with children or in school systems because they can see how the change has impacted a child’s life in a massive way. A child can go from barely speaking to forming their very own sentences effortlessly! The satisfaction of truly making a positive impact on someone’s life coupled with the growing satisfaction of the career itself makes being a Speech Language Pathologist one of the best jobs!

    Technology Is Changing The Way We Care For Others

    Looking to find your next Speech Language Pathologist job?

    The Ardor Health Solutions mobile app is another example of the perfect combination between technology and healthcare. The Ardor Health app helps you to find your next position. Your dream job could be at your fingertips no matter what career you hold in the healthcare industry. Click below Download The Ardor Health App Now!

    Download The Ardor Health Solutions Mobile App

    Microsoft’s Kinect Is Revolutionizing Physical Therapy

    Microsoft’s Kinect for Windows isn’t just for practicing those dance moves or playing virtual sports anymore. Researchers at Reflexion Health are using the Kinect to change the way patients recover during Physical Therapy.

    The system they used is called Vera, and it has recently received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration after being tested at five separate medical centers.

    Microsoft’s Kinect Is Revolutionizing Physical Therapy

    How Does Vera Work?

    Vera takes advantage of the sophisticated sensors working inside the Kinect. The Kinect sensor uses depth sensing and body tracking to capture a patient’s exercise movements in precise detail. In real time, the system will provide a model on how to perform the exercise correctly and then offer feedback on each prescribed exercise. Gone are the days of looking down at a piece of paper and attempting to understand a model drawing of a particular exercise. Vera will tell you if you are lifting or twisting the correct way and help to reinforce good exercise technique. The Vera system also greatly benefits the physical therapist, because the data is shared with the PT, allowing them track their patient’s progress and adjust the program remotely if need be.

    What Does The FDA Approval Mean?

    Now that Reflexion Health has received FDA approval, the Vera technology will soon be able to benefit more patients than ever. “We are thrilled to be one of a growing number of digital medicine companies to receive FDA clearance to use innovative tools and methods, such as Vera, to deliver care in a more engaging and efficient way,” says Spencer Hutchins, CEO and co-founder of Reflexion Health. “We look forward to continuing to demonstrate Vera’s positive impact on patients, doctors, and therapists.”

    Technology Is Changing The Way We Care For Others
    The Ardor Health Solutions mobile app is another example of the perfect combination between technology and healthcare. The Ardor Health app helps you to find your next position. Your dream job could be at your fingertips no matter what career you hold in the healthcare industry. Click below Download The Ardor Health App Now!

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    Medical School Enrollment Hits Record High

    Medical schools across the country have reported a record breaking number of applications and enrollments, despite the fact that senior physicians warn of the volatility of the medical field.

    There’s a lot of numbers and statistics to consider when the current state of medical school enrollment, so we took the liberty of breaking it all down for you in the infographic below.

    Medical School Enrollment Hits Record High

    • Although enrollment and the amount of applications rose, the amount of residency programs remained stagnant.
    • The amount of minorities entering medical school looks promising with an increase of 11.6% Black students and a 6.9% increase in both Asian and Latino students.
    • Despite the growth, the ratio of male to female students remains largely unchanged.

    What To Make Of The Numbers

    So what do these numbers mean? Arcoding to the AAMC, students are not afraid to dive into the medical field despite the warnings of veteran physicians. They are comfortable with technology and expect that there will be more than a few challenges ahead.

    Are You A Physician Looking For Your Next Career Move?

    Let Ardor Health help you find your next position. Your dream job could be at your fingertips no matter what career you hold in the healthcare industry. Click below Download The Ardor Health App Now!

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    The Toughest Jobs To Fill: PTs and RNs Make The List

    We’ve all been there. We’ve all gone through it. That agonizing feeling of finding that perfect job and then having your dreams crushed because a hiring manager says you don’t match the specific skill set that they’re looking for, making the job harder to fill. Some positions are more susceptible to this trend than others. Physical Therapist and Registered Nurse positions are among the top 10.

    The Toughest Jobs To Fill Physical Therapist and Registered Nurse Make The List

    A Competitive Job Market

    According to a new report by CareerCast and the Society For Human Resource Management, there are several factors that contribute to “The 10 Toughest Jobs To Fill In 2016″. A possible labor shortage from retiring Baby Boomers could be one of the main reasons. It is estimated that nearly 38% of the working-age population will reach retirement in the next 10 years.

    As it turns out, those same retirees will need healthcare services. Although physical therapy and nursing are listed as being ‘hard to fill positions’, both fields will likely see a spike in demand as the Baby Boomer population continues to retire.

    In an effort to fill many of these job roles, companies and medical facilties will have to look towards younger candidates who can be trained and allowed to grow into the position

    “The general increase in hourly rates across all settings is indicative of the lack of supply and the pent up demand for Therapists and Nurses,” said Mike Romano, COO of Ardor Health Solutions, “we’ve already seen the average rate go up $.75 from last year. So, we do expect that trend to continue.”

    Where Have All The PT’s and RN’s Gone?

    The Toughest Jobs To Fill Physical Therapist and Registered Nurse Make The List

    Physical Therapist

    The American Physical Therapy Association estimates that in 2016, demand for full-time physical therapists will exceed 229,000, with a pool of candidates of around 196,000—creating a gap of 33,000 unfilled jobs. Like other health care fields, demand is up due to greater accessibility to health insurance and the aging population.

    Registered Nurse

    The BLS projects a 19 percent growth rate by 2022, but it also estimates that 525,000 currently working registered nurses will have to be replaced due to retirements, which puts the total number of new hires anticipated at 1.05 million over the next seven years. In addition, the average age of working nurses is expected to rise to 44.6 from the current 42.7.

    Looking Forward

    Although Physical Therapists and Registered Nurses did make the list as some of the toughest jobs to fill, there is still a silver lining. Both positions may be tough to fill in 2016, but only because of a significant spike in demand as referenced above.

    There is a lot of data to consider when trying to forecast the future of a particular sector of the healthcare sector.

    Ardor Health Solutions recently compiled a brand new forecasting report for The Nursing Industry in 2016. The report crunches the numbers and looks deep into which way the nursing industry is trending.

    Want to know more? Click below to view the report!

    Introducing The Healthcare App To Make Finding Your Next Job Simple

    The Ardor Health Solutions App Is Here

    The wait is over! The solution to your career seeking opportunities is here. Ardor Health Solutions is happy to announce that our app is now officially available on both iOS and Android!

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    What is the Ardor Health App?

    The Ardor Health App is designed to keep you plugged into the latest career opportunities available exclusively through Ardor Health in either permanent or contract positions. The app itself contains a database full of opportunities in a variety of different settings like Home Health, Hospitals, SNF Units and School Districts to name a few. The app caters to a variety of specialties; from physical therapist to registered nurse, you’re sure to find a career opportunity that suits your needs.

    Here’s A List Of Specialties That Are Currently Searchable:

    CFY                     RD

    COTA                  RN

    LPN/LVN             RT

    OT                       SLP

    PA                       SLPA

    PT                       SSP

    PTA                             VIT

    Opportunities Available in All 50 States

    The Ardor Health App remembers your information and your job preferences, giving you access to one of the largest database of healthcare jobs in the country. Whether you’re experienced in your field or you are just getting started, the app is sure to find the perfect position for you.

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    Ready To Get Started?

    The Ardor Health App helps to keep you connected throughout your busy work day. Whether you want to check in during your work day or while you’re relaxing at home, the Ardor App will get you there!

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    Ardor Health Solutions Named A Best Workplace For Women

    Ardor Health Solutions was named as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women in 2015. Ardor Health Solutions ranked 79th in the inaugural list compiled by Great Place to Work and Fortune.com. The survey gathered feedback from female employees who recognize their workplace as a place where women can thrive.

    Ardor Health Solutions ranked 79th as Best Workplace for Women

    How Are Companies Chosen?

    Great Place to Work® surveyed 135,689 women at 637 companies, who answered a detailed questionnaire considering everything from the fairness of their company’s promotions, to who has access to information and leadership, the level of support for employees’ personal lives, and the degree of inclusiveness and connection they feel with colleagues. Women answered 58 questions in total, including an overall assessment of whether the company is a great place to work.

    These survey results have a high degree of reliability in accurately reflecting employees’ experiences: In statistical terms, women’s survey results all meet a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 6.5 percent or less.

    The survey results are the biggest reason companies appear on this ranking, since two-thirds of each company’s score is based on women’s reports. The remaining third takes into account how well-represented women and minorities are within the workforce overall and in management and executive positions. We also gave higher scores to companies who achieved the highest level of parity between men and women in their organization – meaning, companies where not only the most women reported the company performed well on an index of fairness-related questions, but also those where just as many women had that experience as men.

    So How Did Ardor Health Rank?

    At Ardor Health, 78% of employees are women, who also make up 57% of executive positions. Most employees say they love the atmosphere of the office, thanks to thoughtful programs like Ardor All-Stars that recognizes and rewards exemplary employees each month. Employees also enjoy flexible scheduling opportunities and free snacks and breakfasts in the office. In addition, Ardor Health rewards their employees with trips to places like Epcot and on cruises when they meet quarterly goals.

    “At Ardor Health Solutions, we strive each and everyday to offer our employees the type of workplace they look forward to coming to,” said Patty Lamia, President and Co-Founder of Ardor Health Solutions, “with 78% of our employees being women, this honor and recognition means a lot to our company.”

    So What Employees Do The Employees Say?

    I AM ABLE TO TAKE TIME OFF FROM WORK WHEN I THINK IT’S NECESSARY.
    94%
    I CAN BE MYSELF AROUND HERE.
    92%
    OUR FACILITIES CONTRIBUTE TO A GOOD WORKING ENVIRONMENT.
    92%
    PEOPLE CELEBRATE SPECIAL EVENTS AROUND HERE.
    91%
    WHEN I LOOK AT WHAT WE ACCOMPLISH, I FEEL A SENSE OF PRIDE.
    91%
    You can read the entire review at Great Places To Work
    The Ardor Health Solutions Family is always looking to growing!
    If you’re interested in joining the Ardor Team, simply check out our current job postings.

    Battling Back Problems As A Physical Therapist

    On a day to day basis, one of the top problems you’ll treat as a physical therapist is back pain. But there are a variety of factors that can be the root cause for back pain. Below, you will find a variety of reasons a patient might experience back pain.

    Battling Back Problems As A Physical Therapist

    1. Improper lifting/Bad Exercise Form

    Lifting heavy weight with support from your knees is incredibly important. You’d be surprised how many patients may improperly lift heavy objects during a household move or during exercise. Proper education can go a long way to preventing this kind of muscle strain.

    2. Stress

    Stress and anxiety can have a larger effect on our lives than most of us think. A stressful job, problems at home or depression can all lead to a patient having back pain. Physical therapy can still help with this type of pain, but reducing stress in one’s life will also be a big step in the right direction.

    3. Poor Posture

    Yes. Slouching at work or at home can take a toll on the way you feel overall. It is important to be mindful of your posture throughout the day. American sit an average of 13 hours a day! Which means that is a long stretch of time for poor posture to set in. Fortunately, there are chairs out there that can help combat poor posture. Feel free to inform your patients about chairs with strong lumbar support. Also, never shy away from taking 10-15 minute breaks in order to relieve your back.

    4. Obesity

    The added pressure of being overweight can put a lot of strain on a patient’s joints. Exercise to lower one’s weight can go a long way in reducing a patient’s back pain. Although physical therapy will help, it’s important to encourage your patients to eat healthy and partake in physical activities

    5. Age

    It can be an unfortunate fact of life. We all get older. Age can have a big impact on the way our body feels. As you get older, your bones and muscles will not be as strong, which can lead to achy back. Fortunately, mild exercise and staying active can always help to combat that pain.

    Prevention Is Your Best Friend

    Of course these are just a few examples of what could be causing back pain for your patients. But the list goes on and on. In the end, exercise and a healthy life style can help a patient to avoid these types of ailments. As a physical therapist, your patients trust your opinion. Don’t be afraid to give them some heartfelt advice! Have more to add? Feel free to comment down below.

    7 Apps To Keep You Moving As A Travel Therapist

    7 Apps To Keep You Moving As A Travel Therapist
    Posted by Mike T Lamia on Sep 11, 2015 2:09:43 PM

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    Whether you’re traveling as a physical therapist, occupational therapist or speech language pathologist, you’re expected to be on the go 24/7. But every expert could use a sidekick from time to time. Lucky for us, our smartphones can be a go to assisstant whenever we need them. It’s all about having the right apps installed so you can get your job done as quickly and efficiently as possible and ultimately make your life easier.

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    Here Are 7 Essential Apps For The Traveling Therapist.

    Travel Therapist Apps1. Location Log Free. As a traveling physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist or registered nurse, it becomes imperative to be able to keep track of your travel assignments. Location Log helps you to keep track of your travel reimbursements, fuel and mileage and various other points of interest and allows you to view them on Google Maps.

    Travel Therapist Apps2. GogoBot Free. With its clean design, Gogobot allows you to get recommendations on dining, lodging and entertainment in your area. Instead of having to tirelessly search for options, Gogobot places you in groups call “Tribes” which tailor to your specific interests and needs. A must have to get the most out of your travel assignment!

    Travel Therapist Apps3. Waze Free. If you need directions, then look no further than Waze. The community based map and navigation app redefines traveling in a fun and inventive way. Waze says it has millions of drivers working to help you get to your location quickly and safely, with real time traffic updates, police activity and community edited maps.

    Travel Therapist Apps4. Skype Free. Who hasn’t heard of Skype? One of the biggest challenges a traveler can face is the distance from their loved ones. The Skype app is an awesome tool for setting up a video and/or an audio chat. Skype can be used wherever and whenever you’re connected to Wi-Fi so it’s a great way to talk to your family and friends face-to-face for free

    Travel Therapist Apps5. Wi-Fi Finder Free. Speaking of Wi-Fi, this app can find you the best WiFi in your area guranteed. This app works on an iPhone or iPad and will help you locate the closest place to use WiFi. It tells you if the WiFi is free or paid, and who the provider is. You can download the hot spots for your location, and have youhttp://www.medscape.com/public/mobileappr WiFi map with you when you arrive at your new location.

    Travel Therapist Apps6. Medscape Free. WebMD designed Medscape to act as a medical resources for millions of healthcare professionals. The app covers dozens of specialties and keeps the user up to date on medical news. It’s a must for any therapist, nurse or physician!

    Travel Therapist Apps 7. Clinical Orthopedic Exam (CORE) $39.99. This app does have a big price tag, but it brings value with the dollar amount. CORE gives a travel therapist or traveling RN access to over 200 tests and references to help them with clinical orthopedic tests. Treatment techniques are demonstrated via images and videos, which is a tremendous help when you want to see them in action.

    You’re Set!

    The list goes on and on, but these 7 apps are sure to give you a great foothold wherever you might find yourself traveling to. But keep in mind, technology is always changing for the better. Be sure to check back here from time to time for updates. These apps can also go hand in hand with our 5 Essential Tips For Back To School Therapists.

    You’ve got the apps…what’s next?

    Don’t forget, these apps are useful for any specialty. If you’re thinking about taking on a school position soon, then you can check out Ardor Health’s Free “School Therapist Road Map” below.

    The Five Essential Tips For Back To School Therapists

    Another school year is upon us, which means students and teachers will be back in the classroom and school therapists across the country will be starting new contracts at school districts in every state.

    Whether you’re a Speech Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist or any other specialty, you’re going to have a little bit of the freshman fever yourself.

    But no worries, we’ve got you covered!

    Here are just a few tips that can turn a good school year into a great one.

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    Remember, don’t be afraid to ask for help throughout the length of your contract! Your co-workers and recruiter are there to help.

    There you have it! These are just a few tips that can help you to be more successful this year. Communication is key for success in every contract.

    If you’re interested in learning more feel free to subscribe for updates and leave your comments below.

    Congratulations and have a fantastic year!

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    Download the free guide to help you get your school year started off right!