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!

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!

3 Things to Know About Transferring Your Speech-Language Pathology License

When you take your speech-language pathology (SLP) skills across the country, you quickly learn that state qualifications may not be as clear as you expect. If you have acquired your new SLP position through a healthcare staffing company, the recruiter should be able to tell you everything you need to know about the transfer process for your particular state. For speech-language pathologists who are moving on their own, we have provided a general overview of what to expect when transferring your SLP license.

Timeframe

Perhaps the most important aspect of transferring your license to a new state is giving yourself time to prepare. Some states will be faster about responding to your request than others. Minnesota, Rhode Island, and Texas can take as long as six weeks. States that don’t have as much population density like Nebraska or Oregon may only take up to 14 days. There are also states that don’t have a set timeframe at all, basing their responses around when the SLP state board holds a meeting. In Washington D.C., for example, the board meets on the third Monday of every month, and you must submit the license application on the Friday before the meeting date. You can find a comprehensive list of state timeframes here.

Verifications, Score Transfers, and Transcripts

Most states will want to see every type of SLP license you have acquired, including expired licenses. While not as common, other states may also request a transfer of your PRAXIS scores. For those who do not have a record of their scores on hand, you can send a direct request for PRAXIS to send you a copy on their official website. You don’t have to wait for PRAXIS to send the report to you; after providing your personal information, the site can mail the score directly to the appropriate state. The final request a state may have is receiving a transcript directly from the school you studied and graduated from. If this applies to your state, it is important to contact your school and confirm how the requests are processed, sent, and whether the school will charge a fee.

Odds and Ends in SLP License Transfers

A handful of states have requirements that are unique enough not to be mentioned above but must be kept in mind. These include:

 

  • Colorado – Does not have licensing requirements for Speech-Language Pathology Assistants (SLPAs).
  • Florida – Requires an hour of HIV/AIDs education and two hours of medical errors education.
  • Delaware – Requires the completed application to be submitted three business days before the next board meeting.
  • Oklahoma – Requires a background check.
  • New Hampshire – Requests criminal history reports for any state you lived in. These reports must be sent from the state police.
  • Washington – Requires a background check and AIDS education

The requirements of transferring your speech-language pathology license can feel frustrating and convoluted. Staying informed and giving yourself enough time to review the process can help you catch any early mistakes or requirements you may miss and streamline your move. If you are still searching for a new speech-language pathology position in another state, the recruitment experts at Ardor Health can help you find your dream career. Search through our online SLP job listing today, or call 855-GO-ARDOR!

3 Ways to Practice Your American Sign Language (ASL)

As a healthcare professional, you should never stop seeking ways to expand your capabilities. Through the acquisition of certifications and licenses, nurses can increase their value as employees. Some nurses choose to go back to school to earn a higher degree, while others travel abroad to learn a new language. Among the many languages you can learn is American Sign Language (ASL).

The deaf or hard-of-hearing (HoH) use this language to communicate, but learning ASL can make you uniquely qualified to become a certified translator. Through this role, you can become an invaluable asset to your workplace. While there aren’t any countries you can travel to perfect your ASL, there are a few programs you can utilize.

YouTube

For those who are visual learners, YouTube is the perfect learning tool. Some channels can teach you every letter of the alphabet, while others that teach you words and phrases. A few ASL channels include:

  • Dr. Bill Vicars: He is HoH himself and an ASL expert. Dr. Vicars has numerous degrees in deaf-centric studies and boasts a YouTube channel with numerous ASL lessons.
  • Rob Neilson: This channel has videos that teach everything from the alphabet to the Star-Spangled Banner. Beginners will find this channel especially helpful.

Online Resources

Along with web videos, there are free and paid online portals at your disposal. Some of the most widely used are:

  • Start ASL: This program comes fully equipped with workbooks and a video dictionary to assist both experienced and beginner ASL learners. The website even goes in depth about the history of ASL and highlights ASL careers.
  • ASL Pro: ASL Pro is a completely free online service that is a useful tool for quizzes, numerous fingerspelling activities, and instructional videos.
  • Curious: The website lays claim to numerous videos on simple greetings and introductions. Users must sign up for the paid bundle if they yearn for more in depth lessons.

Cell Phone Apps

Cell phone apps have revolutionized the ways in which we can learn languages. Sign Language is no exception. Although smartphone apps tend not to be as thorough as websites, they provide efficient methods of practicing ASL on-the-go. Two noteworthy apps are:

  • ASL Coach: This free app is a simple and easy tool that teaches you the ASL alphabet.
  • ASL: Fingerspelling: This is a paid app that focuses on improving fingerspelling speed and accuracy.

Are you ready to take your passion for healthcare across the country? Ardor Health Solutions can help you. We are a healthcare staffing company that provides skilled nurses with travel therapy and permanent placement opportunities nationwide. We have the resources to put you in direct contact with hiring managers across the country. Visit our job listings page for a full outline of healthcare opportunities or call us at 855-GO-ARDOR today!

5 Ways a Speech Language Pathologist Can Help Your Child

A SLP, better known as a Speech Language Pathologist or Speech Teacher, is a speech therapist that helps children overcome their specific speech issues. These issues may include everything from mild articulation delays to more intense disorders like down syndrome, motor speech disorders, and hearing impairments. An SLP’s sole purpose is to help your child overcome speech and communication issues through intimate one-on-one sessions. While this is an SLP’s general duty, it comes as a surprise to many the various focus areas included under the speech pathology profession. Check out these 5 ways a speech pathologist can help your child.

Speech Fluency

A major speech disfluency is stuttering. This usually begins in childhood and is identified by breaks in speech that can be accompanied by a few primary behaviors. These include blocks, prolongations, and interjections. In a more complex instance, your child’s stuttering may be coupled with stomping, nasal flares, and tension in the neck. An SLP is trained to help your child control this behavior to improve speech fluency.

Listening Skills

Listening and speaking skills go hand-in-hand. Children naturally have better receptive language skills than expressive language skills, meaning that they can understand better than they can express what they want to say. Speech language pathologists help children improve their vocabulary so that they can easily and accurately express how they feel and what they are thinking.

Expressive Language Skills

Spoken English is accompanied with bodily movements such as waving to say goodbye or raising eyebrows, to show different emotions. These gestural symbols must be accurately interpreted by children in order for them to accurately react or respond. Your child’s SLP will work on these abilities, as well as help him or her learn new words and how to correctly phrase them to get across a message for seamless communication.

Cognitive-Communication Skills

A cognitive-communication disorder affects your child’s memory, awareness, and reasoning abilities. There are multiple ways your child may have acquired this disorder, which can include your child being born with these deficits or from a severe head injury. An SLP will work with your child by teaching him or her ways to circumvent their cognitive issues through compensatory methods.

Feeding Issues

As surprising at it may seem, speech language pathologists can receive pediatric training that permit them to help with your child’s feeding and swallowing issues along with their auditory issues. This is not as far-fetched as many may believe, considering that speech pathologists have specific knowledge on the overall structure and functions of oral cavities, including tongue thrust.

As a speech language pathologist, you have the opportunity to put your passion for child development to work helping children improve their communication skills. This and other medical professions that have an impact can be searched on our healthcare job listing page. Our goal is to help individuals find the healthcare career that best fits their skills and passions. Take a look and find yours today!

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!

Top Traits to Develop as a Speech Pathologist

Speech pathologists learn something new with every patient, but when we look at their combined experiences, certain constants transcend them all. Whether you are preparing for a new year as a speech pathologist at a school, or work for a private practice, there is always room to step back and consider what traits you can pick up to boost your therapy style.

Open-Mindedness

Speech pathology is one of the most flexible fields in the medical industry. One year you can find yourself working at a hospital, and then the next you may work within a home setting or at a research center. Remaining versatile and available to new ideas provides you the experience to work with many kinds of patients you can work with and learn from. Much like speech itself, you can expect your career to flex and mold into something unique.

Listening Skills

Some health practitioners make the mistake of over-explaining what they or the patient need to do without giving the client a chance to express himself. Knowing when to stay quiet and listen to your patient’s needs and their caretaker helps give both sides a better perspective on how to work together. You’ll be able to communicate more within a shorter time, and having yourself or the patient repeat himself less makes for smoother sessions.

Learning to Fail

With your new experiences come new challenges that you may fail to overcome. No career is safe from failure, but with a task as personal as speech pathology, it is important you understand that we are all human and make mistakes. Instead of trying to avoid tasks where these errors are likely, in many cases, it is more important to accept the possibility of failure and learn from your mistakes.

Compassion

Signing up for a speech language pathologist can be a trying time for many families. For parents who take their children to sessions, some are anxious about their child’s future. For adults who need courses themselves, some may feel that going is pointless or that no one understands their troubles. On your part, having empathy can be the most important factor of improvement for some of your clients. Knowing that there is someone who can listen to them can do a lot to help improve someone’s speaking skills.

Stay Motivated

Like any medical health field, speech pathology can be a challenging and exhausting task. Remember why you started the path towards this career in the first place. Take care of yourself so that you can care for your clients and motivate peers to do the same. If you are looking for a new position as a speech language pathologist, Ardor Health provides traveling health experts listings of available job placements.

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!

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.
 

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

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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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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.

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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!

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