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.

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!

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.


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!

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!

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

Physical Therapists Can Play a Big Part in Improving Client Sleep

According to research published in the American Physical Therapy Association’s Journal, physical therapists play an integral role in promoting the importance of healthy sleep in their clients.

The study, published in August 2017 in an article titled “Perspective,” indicates that 62 percent of American adults experience sleep disturbance several nights a week. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has identified sleep concerns to be a public health crisis.

Sleep Disturbances Affect Daily Life

Researchers indicate that sleep plays an integral role in most body functions and systems, including:

  • Pain perception and alleviation
  • Immune function
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Tissue healing
  • Mental health
  • Mood disorders
  • Cognitive and motor skills

The CDC found that over 90 percent of sleep disturbances and disorders go undiagnosed.

Who Physical Therapists Can Help

These issues touch many populations that may already work with a physical therapist, including those with:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic back pain
  • Those who are recovering from an injury or surgical procedure

The study’s authors note that sleep disturbance likely affects a large percentage of PT clients, providing an opportunity for therapists to educate their clients on sleep health, potentially reducing instances of chronic conditions.

What a Physical Therapists Can Do For You

Steps that physical therapists take in their practices include assessing clients’ sleep health, screening for sleep disorders, and referring them to a specialist when needed. A physical therapist can also reinforce best practices for healthy sleep, such as waking up and going to sleep at the same time each day, avoiding large meals near bedtime, and shutting electronics off at least a half hour before bedtime.

They can also provide recommendations for optimal body positioning for a good night’s sleep, recommend an exercise program that will promote healthy sleep, and work with the client on bed-related problems with mobility.

In the article, the authors provide tools that can be easily adapted. They included screening questionnaires for common issues such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, and restless leg syndrome. Physical therapists could play a role in the introduction of wearable technology to track clients’ sleep and gather other useful data.

Looking to start your career as a traveling physical therapist? Browse through our job openings or contact us to get your career with Ardor Health Solutions started today.

3 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Physical Therapy Patient

Finding the perfect patient isn’t always easy. Of course not every patient is the same. Some patients will give you a huge boost of energy where you’ll love engaging with them, while others may drag down your energy. It’s okay to admit not all patients work for you. Here are some tips to help you find the patients who will truly benefit from you and your work, along with making your work enjoyable.

Ask Yourself Who Your Perfect Patient Is

Identifying the type of patient you want to work with is one of the most important steps. You can ask yourself a few simple questions to narrow down the qualities you are looking for in your ideal patient. Some examples include:

  • What are the patient’s goals? Will I be able to help the patient accomplish them with my skills and qualifications?
  • What activities do my patients enjoy doing?
  • Where do my patients live?

Who Makes The Decisions?

Taking the time to comprehend how your patient makes decisions is beneficial to figuring out which type of patient is right for you. Young athletes and kids may be fun to work with and keep you on your toes, but the parents are the ones who ultimately choose their treatment plans. Finding parents and patients in general whose ultimate goals line up with your own is one step to finding the perfect patient.

Engaging With Your Perfect Patient

The most important step of all in finding your perfect patient is to engage with potential patients through social media. Many prospective patients use social media to find information and receive feedback on how they can find the help they need to recover. If you’re not sure how to approach them, you can get a few tips on how to communicate with your patient.

Keeping these tips in mind when reaching out to potential patients to educate them about their conditions and address their concerns can benefit you and the people you speak to who seek your advice. If you are in the market for a travel physical therapy job, browse through Ardor Health’s healthcare job listings and contact us for placement information.

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.

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

National Physical Therapist Month (NPTM) started in 1981. Originally dubbed “Physical Therapy Week” in June of 1981, the month was moved to October so it wouldn’t conflict with the American Physical Therapy Association’s annual conference that was held each June. What is the importance of National Physical Therapist Month and how can you celebrate it? Let’s find out!

The Goal of National Physical Therapy Month

The goal of NPTM is to raise awareness about the importance of physical therapy in helping people find relief from pain, improve mobility, and live healthier lives. Each year, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) chooses a theme for the month. In the past, topics have included specific conditions. A few past themes have been:

  • Posture
  • Balance
  • Low Back pain
  • Obesity
  • Sports injury prevention

This year, the APTA is spotlighting their “#ChoosePT” initiative. Choose PT honed in on the ways the physical therapy community plays a part in raising awareness of the opioid epidemic. The link between opioid drug abuse and physical therapy isn’t abundantly clear, but the problem could stem from medications prescribed for pain. By helping people manage pain with physical therapy and exercise, physical therapists hope to play a major role in combating the opioid crisis.

Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

Throughout National Physical Therapy Month, physical therapists and clinics encourage their communities to become more active. They also frequently provide free public posture screenings, balance assessments, and fun runs. Some schools may even celebrate the month by:

  • Hosting the Physical Therapy Olympics – school staff, parents, and students help organize or participate in wheelchair relay races and other activities
  • Creating a challenge – using pedometers to determine who can take the most steps in a week
  • Forming a physical therapy quiz – the quiz will have questions relating to physical therapy and how it helps children and the community

These are only a few of the many creative ways NPTM can be celebrated. Some clinics offer gifts and other incentives to patients throughout the month.

Raising awareness about the benefits of physical therapy and how it can be used to take action against opioid addiction is the central mission of National Physical Therapy Month this year. If you’d like to help spread the word of NPTM, just use the hashtag “#ChoosePT” on any of your social media platforms. Each year, the American Physical Therapy Association hopes to continue educating the public on the importance of physical therapy and Ardor Health Solutions hopes to help spread the word!

3 Ways To Communicate Better With Patients

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

How to Improve Communication with Coworkers

One of the most difficult parts of working as a traveling health practitioner is switching between coworkers so often. Add this to the fact that some hospitals have employees who have less than favorable opinions about traveling nurses or therapists, and you can find it difficult communicating with your coworkers. Not all hope is lost, you can get in touch and connect with the people you work with even if you’re going to be flying away soon. Better communication means a more efficient workplace environment, happier clients, and a happier you. 

Watch Body Language

Your body language often says more than words can. Even if you say everything with the right tone and language, people can pick up on signals that don’t match with what you have to say. This can lead to a loss of credibility. Pay attention to impulses that may lead you to slouch, avoiding eye contact, or sighing in the middle of speaking. In a hospital this is especially important, as you often have to make a difficult decision and make a case for your choice on the spot.

Avoid Hearing, Start Listening

While it can be easy to get in the habit of smiling and nodding whenever someone starts talking, other people will soon notice that you’re not really listening to them. Don’t feel too bad, most people usually don’t know they need to put in the time to develop active listening skills. Those who do though greatly benefit. When you make conscious, vocal answers or rephrase what a coworker is saying, you show that you are not only listening but making an honest attempt to see from their point of view. This helps you get on better terms with your coworkers as they notice that you care about what they have to say.

Balance Your Formalities

When people share the same space for a long time, it’s natural that you start feeling more comfortable around each other. Office gossip, talk about weekend plans, and throwing in a lame joke or two are common in the workplace. This does not mean you should completely gain confidence. If you have a dedicated office email or phone number, remember to stick with your practiced professional language. If you are in a meeting with your superiors, don’t test your luck by pushing formal boundaries. Going too far can make your coworkers view you as unprofessional.

Watch your Tone

In a face-to-face conversation, your tone should remain conversational. If you feel as if you are too overwhelmed by emotion or stress due to a difficult day at the clinic, there’s no harm in excusing yourself so you can unwind. When communicating with your coworkers through writing, be particularly careful about how your words may be interpreted. What can come off as a joke to one person may seem rude or angry to another. Adopt the “better safe than sorry” rule; write to your coworkers with language that makes your statement clear and carries a neutral tone.

While some people may find traveling health work to be depressing as they don’t usually stick around long enough to develop close relationships with their coworkers, traveling provides an opportunity to meet many kinds of people. Getting along with your coworkers means you learn new perspectives and techniques on how to carry out your work, and they can give you some great local tips on where to spend your time during rest days! If you’re looking for a new place to work in your traveling health career, check out our list of openings or call 855-GO-ARDOR.

Top Job Prospects for Physical Therapists in 2017

As 2017 picks up speed, potential physical therapists may be curious to know what their future job prospects are. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for physical therapists is expected to increase by 34 percent by 2024, much faster than the majority of other occupations. How is it that physical therapy is growing so quickly?

Aging Baby Boomers

Older baby boomers are more active in their later years compared to the generations before them. While this trend is great for their overall health, injury risk tends to increase as people get older. Sometimes the injury may be as simple as a pulled muscle from working too hard, but it can be as severe as a heart attack, stroke, or spinal issues that may require rehabilitation from a physical therapist.

Increased Rates of Obesity

Unfortunately, rates of diabetes and obesity continue to increase. As reported by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, over 29 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes in 2014, making up almost 10 percent of the population. That’s 4 million more than those diagnosed back in 2010, and the trend is expected to continue moving upward. Physical therapists provide a valuable service for anyone who wants to manage their chronic conditions and mobility. Technological advancements in medicine have made it easier to determine when to prescribe an accurate diagnosis for such diseases, meaning that patients receive a therapy plan more suitable to their needs.

Improved Treatments and More Healthcare

Continued advances in tech mean that more patients are coming out of surgical procedures with higher success rates, leading to more rehabilitative appointments to ensure that the results of the surgeries stick. With recent reform in healthcare, more people are expected to own health insurance, leading to more access to physical therapists as well as other medical services.

Regardless of what type of physical therapy you do, the job prospects look good for all specialties. The single caveat is that the majority of therapists work in urban or suburban environments, while rural areas have few practicing physical therapists. Considering many people who live in the countryside work in high-risk blue-collar careers, the demand will most likely continue to grow. If you’re looking for somewhere to best practice your skills, take a look at our list of physical therapy jobs and contact us for placement information.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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.
 

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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

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.

Prehab: Strengthen Your Body Before Surgery

 

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?

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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

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

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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.

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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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