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!

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!

mentorship-guide

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.

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!