Battling COVID-19 Burnout Among Clinicians

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

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

What Causes Burnout?

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

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

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

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

What Can Be Done?

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

So what can be done?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ardor Health Traveler COVID-19 Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

More information:

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

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

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

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

CDC FAQs

Clinical Questions about COVID-19

24 Hour CDC Call Center Hotline

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

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

3. Who should I contact from Ardor Health?

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

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

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

5. What happens if I get sick on Assignment?

Please call 844-782-6728 for immediate assistance.

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

Firstly, lease contact your recruiter as soon as possible.

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

 

How to Save Money on School Supplies as a Travel Therapist

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

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

Find Stores with Discount Prices

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

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

Look Online

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

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

Do It Yourself

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

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

Reuse Old Items

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choosing the Perfect School Assignment

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

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

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

A Location You Love and Benefits You Can Count On

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

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

We offer:

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

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

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

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

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

What is a podcast?

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

Why listen to podcasts?

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

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

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

Popular Nursing Podcasts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Popular Therapy Podcasts (PT,SLP and OT):

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

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

Travel With Your Pet On Your Next Assignment!

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

What You’ll Need:

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

Pet Insurance

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

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

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

PT Compact Privileges Expand to Colorado, Arizona & Nebraska

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

An Alternative To Licensing

From PTCompact.Org

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

PTCompact.Org

How To Sign Up For PT Compact

PT COMPACT will give you the opportunity to obtain Compact Privilege in participating states that you would like to work in, using your Home State Compact License. Your Home Compact State License should be current and in good standing to be ready for the Compact Privilege. Contact your Home State Board to make sure you are compliant with all requirements to be ready for this great opportunity.

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


5 Ways To Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month: 2019

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

1. Share a Personal OT Story

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

2. Take Some Time to Celebrate

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

3. Share the Love

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

4. Growth

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

5. Continue Your Own Personal Growth

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

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

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

Top 5 Travel Therapy And Nursing States This Spring

Are you considering a traveling nurse or therapy assignment this Spring? Of course you are! What better way to shake off the cold then to visit some of the country’s most desirable locations during the spring. We’ve narrowed down five of the best warm-weather destinations for travel nurses and therapists to keep in mind. This list is based on their excellent weather, access to cultural attractions, and availability of assignments in world-class healthcare facilities, these are the five destinations you should consider for your summer assignment.

Florida

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

California

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

Texas

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

Oregon

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

New York

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

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

Let’s Celebrate Physical Therapy Month!

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

#ChoosePT

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

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

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

-APTA.org

2018 PT Day of Service

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

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

Hurricane Florence: Ardor Health’s Disaster Plan

Important Weather Notice from Ardor Health Solutions

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

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

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

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

Toll Free # 866-425-5768

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

http://www.weather.com/

 

How to Save Money on School Supplies as a Travel Therapist

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

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

Find Stores with Discount Prices

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

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

Look Online

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

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

Do It Yourself

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

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

Reuse Old Items

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

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

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

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

Therapy: The Art of Helping Others

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

The Passion to Care

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

Written by: Erica Dipietro

The Career Pathway Program

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

Top 5 Places for a Summer Healthcare Assignment

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

Baltimore, Maryland

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

Portland, Oregon

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

Houston, Texas

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

Palo Alto, California

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

San Diego, California

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

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

Exploring Tampa as a Travel Nurse or Therapist

If you’re traveling to Tampa on your next travel nursing or therapist assignment, you’re in for an adventure! Regardless of how long you’re staying, you definitely won’t get bored exploring this charming city. Try taking out time from your busy schedule to check out these five favorite attractions you can’t miss in the Tampa, FL area.

Busch Gardens

This world-class amusement park spans almost 300 acres and features more than 12,000 attractions, rides, games, and live shows. From live animal exhibits to themed areas based on nations of the world, you’ll find that this park offers an ideal blend of education and entertainment for groups of all ages.

Tampa Theatre

Built in 1926, this historic structure is a gorgeous example of period architecture. You can stop by to catch a movie or a show in this iconic setting or opt for the 90-minute backstage tour where you can see the theater’s 900-pipe Wurlitzer organ. The Tampa Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Florida Aquarium

Conveniently located in downtown Tampa, the Florida Aquarium features more than 20,000 aquatic animals and plants. Exhibits include polar bears, penguins, sharks, alligators, and otters. Kids will also enjoy the outdoor play zone that features a water slide and splash park.

Henry B. Plant Museum

This collection is located inside a historic hotel on the campus of the University of Tampa. Step into the gilded age of Florida’s history with art and artifacts that highlight this unique period. The hotel, once owned by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant, features rooms restored to their original Victorian splendor.

Ybor City

This neighborhood in Tampa gives you a chance to experience the area’s vibrant nightlife, with a mishmash of clubs, bars, and music venues. During the day, you can enjoy authentic Cuban delicacies as well as the hand-rolled cigars that once dominated neighborhood commerce.

When you’re not at work saving lives, take a bit to enjoy the livelihood that Tampa has to offer. Any of these five activities are great ways to de-stress and experience the culture surrounding you. If you’re a travel nurse or therapist looking to relocate to Tampa or wanting to start a new adventure in the U.S., contact Ardor Health Solutions today. We specialize in finding your perfect healthcare fit in a variety of places across the nation. Call us at (855) GO-ARDOR to learn more.

Understanding GSA Per Diem Rates for Healthcare Travelers

For a travel nurse, it’s important to consider what kinds of pay and the type of salary you will receive. Typically, per diems are offered as part of the stipend package for travel nurses. Although each staffing agency sets these rates, there are federal guidelines for per diems. If you qualify, this is a daily amount added to your pay intended to provide for housing, meals, and other living expenses during your travel assignment.

How Much is Per Diem Stipend?

To calculate the per diem qualification, the agency will typically have you complete a form based on a formula established by the federal General Services Administration (GSA). They have developed standard travel rates for government as well as non-government employees, including travel nurses.

The current continental U.S. (CONUS) rate is $91 per day for housing and $51 per day for other expenses, including food. An agency may change these rates depending on the living costs of the area where they send you. The GSA website has a chart for users to play with – you can enter the zip code of a city and see what the average rates are.

The GSA has also established and publicly posted daily maximums for each region.

Each year, the GSA per diem rates increase at the beginning of October. Increases depend on the daily cost of living averages.

Safety Tips for Choosing an Agency

While receiving a per diem is an integral part of your compensation for a given assignment, the daily maximum is established to prevent agencies from avoiding taxation by paying nurses a meager hourly rate and a very high per diem. Avoid agencies that use this practice; although the rates sound advantageous, this pay structure exposes you to tax and legal risk. You will have to report any per diem amount above the daily maximum as income tax. Otherwise, these stipends are tax-free.

Instead of offering a per diem, some agencies require you to save receipts and submit them for direct reimbursement of your expenses. If you exceed the daily per diem and your agency does not offer to reimburse you, you may be able to write off the difference on your income tax return. This is a typical situation when a nurse is working in a major metropolitan area where meals are more costly than average.

Before coming to any final decisions, weigh out your options and do your research. Make sure that any agency you work with will pay you enough to live in your desired destination. At Ardor Health Solutions, we make sure that all of our travel nurses are placed in the best healthcare services around the U.S. Contact us today to join our network of nurses throughout the country.

A Small Thanks From Ardor Health Solutions

At Ardor Health Solutions, we put high-quality healthcare staffing at the forefront while promoting top-tier positions for various healthcare occupations. Our goal has always been to put job seekers first. During April, we reached a milestone thanks to your Google reviews and feedback! We’re proud to say that Ardor Health is a 4.5-star business! We couldn’t have done it without passionate healthcare workers and our staff for giving our contractors the service they deserve. Last month was full of thank yous from many different people, but now it’s our turn to return the favor.

A Small Thanks From Ardor Health Solutions

Ardor Health Solutions is considered a small business. As a small business, it’s essential to generate positive Google reviews. The video only represents a small portion of our gratitude. We wouldn’t be able to be the staffing agency we are today without your support. With reviews such as these from Stephanie K. and Mary C., it’s no wonder we’ve become a 4.5-star business!

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Why Your Feedback Matters

Your feedback not only helps raise our reputation on Google but also increases our ability to bring awareness to healthcare jobs across the nation while providing excellent service! We take each review to heart whether it be positive or negative. Without your feedback, Ardor Health Solutions wouldn’t be what it is today. With your continuous support and input, we’ll be able to increase the overall customer and staffing experience.

Once again, thank you from Ardor Health Solutions! Remember to leave a review describing your experience with us on Google, and we hope to continue to provide professional and high-quality service in the future.

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.

6 Myths About Travel Therapy Jobs for Recent Grads

If you’re a recent physical therapy (PT) or occupational therapy (OT) graduate, you’ve likely noticed many traveling job opportunities in your search for your first professional position. Although many programs discourage their grads from accepting a travel assignment, their misgivings are often based on misconceptions. Here’s the truth behind six well-known myths about travel healthcare careers.

Lack of Mentoring

You will not be “thrown to the wolves” as many may lead you to believe. Although a travel assignment might lack a formal mentorship program, most programs provide a thorough orientation and connect with you with other professionals in the area where you’ll be working.

Difficulty Obtaining a Permanent Position

Some believe that a resume that highlights travel experience can hurt your chances of getting a permanent job later. On the other hand, having worked in this setting can make you more attractive to employers because of your ability to adapt to changing conditions. In fact, some travel agencies even hire for full-time permanent positions in addition to short-term travel assignments.

Limited Therapy Skills

While myths suggest that it’s difficult to develop skills as a travel therapist, many employers will appreciate your well-rounded experience serving different populations. You’ll likely see more different types of cases and provide more extensive care than you would working in a single setting.

No Ability to Choose Your Locations

The myth that you won’t have any input about where you’re sent with a travel position is just that, a myth. Although flexibility may help you find a position quickly, most agencies are able to place you in one of your preferred locations.

Loneliness

While travel assignments can mean you’ll be bouncing around, you don’t necessarily need to leave your state or region, though you certainly can do so if you want. You also don’t need to travel alone, since many agencies allow you to travel with your partner or even your pets.

Licensing in Multiple States

You may be put off by the perceived cost and time of getting your PT or OT license in multiple states as a traveling professional. In fact, most agencies will reimburse these costs. Many states require only a simple online form, with only a handful of states requiring additional certification steps such as fingerprinting.

With these myths dispelled, you can start your travel therapy job search free of worry. The healthcare staffing professionals at Ardor Health Solutions can help you find the position that fits your skill set and location preference. Contact us today at 855-GO-ARDOR to start your travel therapy job search today!

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.

Top 5 Things to Do In New York City for the Holidays

Whether you’re on a travel assignment, or just visiting New York City on your vacation, it’s essential to plan out your trip. New York is a bustling city full of flashing lights, culture, and celebration. The Big Apple will be home to many tourists during the holidays, and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of New York not knowing which events to focus on! Luckily, we’ve thought of a few of our favorite things to do in New York City for the holidays.

Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a go-to attraction any time of year, but during the holidays, Christmas comes alive in the museum. Visitors can take a trip to the Medieval Sculpture Hall to admire the 20-foot blue spruce tree and take in the nativity scene displayed at the foot of the tree. Tree lighting occurs daily at 4:30 pm with encores at 5:30 and 6:30 pm on the weekends.

Ice Skate at the Wollman Rink

While The Rink at the Rockefeller Center may be more famous, the Wollman Rink at Central Park is the perfect place to have some fun during your trip! With shorter lines, a beautiful view of the city skyline, and skate rentals, it’s the ideal place to interact with other tourists and natives alike. After you’ve had your fill of ice skating, take a walk through Central Park or take a trip to the Central Park Zoo to watch the penguins race for fish!

Check Out the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show

This is for the inner child in us all. The Holiday Train show incorporates over 100 spot-on replicas of landmarks such as the Grand Central Terminal, and The Statue of Liberty made entirely of plant materials like leaves and bark. In addition to these replicas, model trains zip through more than a quarter mile of track to produce a beautiful spectacle. Visit the Botanical Garden’s website to ensure that you don’t miss the show!

Marvel at “The Nutcracker”

Truly a staple of holidays in New York, the New York City Ballet’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is a must-see attraction. Because the New York City Ballet is one of the premier ballet companies in the world, you’re sure to see other tourists and natives accompanying you during your viewing. The show runs until December 31st, so it’s best to start planning and purchase your tickets!

Shop in Bryant Park Winter Village

A lesser-known tourist area is the Winter Village in the middle of Manhattan’s towering skyscrapers. This open-air village offers a plethora of shops selling:

  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
  • Local food
  • Customized gifts for family and friends

Funds from every purchase in the village help support the park’s maintenance. There’s no reason to not go on a shopping spree! This holiday oasis is waiting for you just a couple of block east of Times Square.

While these aren’t all of the things you can do in New York City to enjoy the holiday season, they are some of our favorite activities to help you plan out your vacation. Tis the season to be jolly and have fun on your trip to New York!  If you’re looking for healthcare job opening in New York City, Ardor Health has you covered. Contact us online to speak to one of our expert staff members to help you with your search. Don’t forget to bundle up because baby, it’s cold outside.

Are Pets Allowed on Travel Assignments?

Thinking about having someone keep you company on your next travel assignment? Traveling for work can make you a little homesick, and bringing your pet with you is the best cure when you are feeling a little blue. Having pets move with you on travel assignments is not uncommon; however, there are several things to consider when bringing pets along. Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you are thinking about having a familiar face greet as you walk through the door every day.

Ask First

Discussing the possibility of your pet joining you on your next travel assignment with your recruiting manager is always recommended. Every employer is distinct, and there are different rules and policies that employees are expected to follow. Knowing your plans from the beginning allows them to better accommodate your needs.

Accommodations

Looking for accommodations in a timely manner will help you find the best home for you and your furry friend. Some things you should keep in mind during your search are location, housing costs, and quality of life. Not all housing options are pet-friendly, and things can get tricky when considering both your work and personal needs. It is best for you to start your search as soon as you can.

Additional Expenses

Preparing yourself for additional expenses before relocating to your next travel assignment is also advisable. Keep in mind, when traveling with pets, air travel requires a pet fee and a carrier or crate depending on the size of the pet. Pet care, such as food, veterinary needs, and grooming are things also to consider when budgeting for your next move. Lastly, remember that with pet-friendly housing come pet fees and deposits.

Acquiring new travel assignments with special requests such as bringing your pet along with you is an important thing to consider. At Ardor Health Solutions we specialize in professional healthcare staffing. With our vast list of available healthcare job listings, we are sure to have the perfect job listing for you and your furry friend.

Cities With The Best Public Transportation

If you move into the city, you probably won’t bring a car. Unlike suburban and rural neighborhoods, cars are considered a hassle rather than a luxury in most major cities. Traffic is usually slow, drivers often have to pay extra for parking at their own home, and there is rarely a reason to drive anywhere unless you have to leave city limits. City services like bike sharing programs, dedicated walking routes, and public transportation help hundreds of thousands of urban residents get where they need to go; which city pulls it off the best?

Seattle, Washington

Seattle has seen rapid growth in recent years. While this may be a good thing for the city, the streets have had difficulty carrying the sudden traffic. The region’s public transit services responded with a new, underground light rail line that connects the University of Washington (in Northern Seattle) to the downtown area. Two streetcars are also available to make up for commuters that may find the rail line too far for a walk. Thanks to these developments, the city has seen the largest increase in public transport use, climbing up 34.9% since 2011.

Oakland, California

If you work a healthcare job in San Francisco but find its infamous housing market way too expensive, you can find an answer in Oakland. Compared to San Francisco, Oakland is significantly cheaper and has several public transportation options available to make visiting the Bay Area simple. Enjoy the culture and tech advancements of Silicon Valley without losing an arm for apartments!

Chicago

Chicago has one of the oldest transit systems in the country. Its first day of operation dates back to 1892, under the title “South Side Rapid Transit.” Now, the “L” trains are part of the third largest rail system in U.S. cities, with an average of 800,000 riders per week. It’s cheap too; transit passes for Chicago trains cost less than most other cities like New York.

Washington D.C.

Transit commuters in Washington D.C. spend around a half hour traveling to work each day, which is ten minutes faster than the average of most cities. The Metrorail – a subway system that spans most of the city – takes over 200 million trips per year, and the above-ground bus transit adds on another 130 million. Being only nine minutes slower than the typical commute time through a car, many D.C. residents opt for the train. Be prepared to pay the price for service; a 28-day pass can cost more than $200! City officials are aware of how the price point may scare commuters away, and are discussing more flexible options.

Many traveling therapists work in cities for a reason: there’s much to do, plenty of job opportunities, and the latest in medical and healthcare technology. If you’re moving into a city from a suburban neighborhood, the shift may initially come off as intense. A public transport system you can rely on to avoid getting lost and taking you where you need to go can help keep you grounded and significantly improve your traveling experience. Have a city of choice? View available healthcare job listings on Ardor Health today!

Top 5 Things to do in Los Angeles for Travel Therapists

As a traveling therapist, your career might bring you to the heart of Los Angeles, California. If you’re a film buff, you may wish to tour vintage Hollywood or cruise through Sunset Boulevard to create your own movie scene. While these are L.A. staples, the city offers a myriad of other sights, shows, and culture to experience. Though you may be more inclined to develop your career skills, you don’t want to miss out on what the City of Angels has to offer! Let’s explore the top five things travel therapists should make time for during their stay in L.A.

Visit Venice Beach

Named after the famed Italian city that sports canals in place of roads, Venice Beach was originally modeled after the city, but it didn’t live up to its Italian inspiration. Although the experiment failed, the neighborhood has become an essential part of Los Angeles. Full of culture and maybe a few other starry-eyed tourists, Venice Beach showcases mansions alongside the canal with walls of artwork, boutiques, and restaurants. A few key sights in Venice Beach are:

  • The Boardwalk
  • Muscle Beach
  • Hotel Erwin
  • The Fishing Pier

Venice Beach is free to visit at any time of day. Information about the bus schedule and parking can be found on the neighborhood’s website.

Hike Through Griffith Park

If your goal is to spend some time outside without battling traffic on the way to Venice Beach, Griffith Park might be exactly what you need! With more than 50 miles of hiking trails featuring waterfalls and lagoons, it’s the largest urban park in the country. A few key attractions of the park are:

  • The Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
  • The Hollywood Sign
  • The Autry Museum of the American West

Admission to the park is free, but some attractions may require an entry fee. While these gardens and museums offer a variety of entertainment, Los Angeles’ tourists frequently choose the Griffith Observatory as a “must see” attraction.

Experience Griffith Observatory

Griffith Observatory sits on the south side of the Mount Hollywood hiking trail and overlooks the Los Angeles basin. More than great photo-ops and exercise opportunities await. The observatory is free to enter, and planetarium shows are relatively inexpensive to attend. If your goal is to attend a show before your hike, there is parking available on-site. The Observatory features a gift shop and cafe filled with delectable treats. There’s a little something for everyone’s interests! Visit Griffith Park’s website to learn more about the observatory.

Window Shop on Rodeo Drive

Unless you’re Julia Roberts from “Pretty Woman,” you may not be looking to purchase over a thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise on Rodeo Drive. Rodeo Drive is a beautiful street filled to the brim with exotic cars, celebrities, and designer stores. Don’t be embarrassed to tell store owners that you’re “just browsing.” Shop owners are used to tourists and sightseers who have no intention to purchase any of their products. Some stores may require appointments to enter and are usually off-limits to visitors. For more information and a store directory, check out Rodeo Drive’s website!

Take a Stroll Down the Hollywood Walk of Fame

One of the most iconic sites in Hollywood, the walk of fame consistently remains a “must see” attraction. This free sidewalk includes hundreds of handprints and signatures from movies stars, musical artists, and other entertainers. The open sidewalk can be accessed at any time, which means it’s best to plan your day to be able to visit it during the daytime, but also when tourist activity in the region is low. This way you’ll be able to indulge in all the famous installations. Visit the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s website if you’d like to learn more about this iconic sidewalk.

Now, if your travel therapy assignment takes you to the bustling streets of Los Angeles, you won’t have to wonder what attractions are the best! Before you start planning your trip, make sure you check out our job search to see if there are any Los Angeles healthcare assignments. Ardor Health Solutions is here to help you stay on your career path. Let us assist you on your journey today!

3 Tips on Getting Ahead in Your Job Search

The summer months can be the most stressful for a rising registered nurse. Not too long ago you may have been a student attending clinicals, now you’ve graduated and passed the NCLEX. Many people would say that the hard part is behind you, but they haven’t considered the job search process. Before you start sending out those applications, allow these three essential tips to guide you.

Pay Close Attention to Voicemails

Prospective employers sometimes leave extremely pertinent information in voicemails. Considering that most people choose not to answer phone calls from unknown numbers, the least you can do is check your voicemail. Hiring managers are likely to let you know when you can contact them or how soon they need to hear from you to continue the interview process. Ignoring voicemails can be the difference between securing a job and the continuous filing of endless applications.

Your voicemail greeting should also be professional. Many people set their voicemails and forget what it is. An unprofessional greeting can give hiring managers the wrong impression and encourage them to pursue another candidate.

Keep Content Error-Free

You should become close friends with spell check during your job hunt. Anything with your name on it is a representation of you. This includes everything from the initial application to the follow-up email. A seemingly minor grammar issue can catch the eye of a meticulous hiring manager and raise a red flag. They may overlook one mistake, but repeated errors are unacceptable. Thoroughly review all documents for grammar and punctuation as well as the accuracy of information before submitting.

Be Professional Throughout the Process

As if we haven’t stressed professionalism enough, one last reminder can’t hurt. Professionalism speaks to everything from your phone conversations to how you dress for the interview. A good rule of thumb is to treat every encounter with a prospective employer as an interview. Oftentimes, hiring staff will use a casual tone during conversations to see how the applicant responds. Maintain your professionalism throughout the job search and interview process for the best chances of securing the position.

In the unfortunate instance you are rejected via email, take the time to respond. Thank the hiring manager for considering you as an applicant and continue on your job search with your chin up. Many organizations run multiple hospitals. They may not have a position for you at one location, but your unwavering professionalism can lead them to consider you for another.

Allow Ardor Health Solutions to lend a helping hand during your healthcare job search. Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing company that provides skilled nurses with travel therapy and permanent placement opportunities nationwide. With Ardor Health Solutions, you no longer have to worry about filling out lengthy online applications and waiting for a response. We put you in direct contact with hiring managers nationwide. Visit our job listings page for a full outline of healthcare opportunities across the country.

3 Ways Travel Therapists Can Stay In Touch With Family and Friends

Staying in contact with friends and family while on a travel assignment is easier now than ever before. Today’s technology includes so many options to keep in touch that you never have to feel like you’re missing out on what’s going on back home. Travel therapists are constantly out and about and it can be difficult to provide consistent updates to your loved ones. Here are a few ways you can stay in touch with family while you’re on a travel assignment.

Phone Calls and Text

Although “Just text me” has become a phrase that’s becoming more popular by the minute, a phone call allows you to hear a loved one’s voice. Phone calls can also be the perfect way to gush about what kind of work you’ve been doing. Bluetooth is great for hands-free-conversation on the go.

When you, your friend, or family member can’t find time to speak on the phone, texting can be the perfect solution for quick conversations and updates. It’s an easy way to let them know you’re doing ok and you can even tell them when you’ll be available for a full conversation.

Use Social Media

Social media is an easy way to stay in touch with all of your friends and family. Quick status updates, pictures, and videos can be shared to all of them at the touch of a button. A few great social media apps are:

  • Instagram – photos and videos, and live videos
  • Facebook – status updates, photos, live video
  • Snapchat – quick photos, videos
  • Twitter – great for quick status updates and socializing

Try to Video Chat

The closest thing to being in the same room with someone is video chatting. A lot of video chat apps are available on mobile devices. Here are a few of the more popular ones:

  • FaceTime – only available on iOS
  • Google Hangouts
  • Skype
  • ooVoo

Some apps even let you have group chats. Make sure to set up your accounts before you travel so they can be ready to go!

Most importantly, you should try your best to make time for communication. Your family and friends care about you and love to hear that you are well. It might seem hard at first but with a little practice, you’ll be updating your friends and family more often than ever before. If you’re looking for your next travel assignment, check out our job listings page. Remember to keep in touch after you’ve found the position that’s right for you.

Top 5 Things to do in Seattle as a Travel Therapist

Travel therapy can be one of the most exciting and rewarding healthcare careers. You have the ability to travel to various parts of the country and work at many different healthcare facilities doing what you love. Seattle has quickly become a popular destination for travelers and easily one of the top cities to visit because of its many attractions. Is your next travel therapy assignment in Seattle? Make sure experience all of these attractions while you’re there.

Harbor Cruise

What better way to experience a new waterfront city than enjoying a relaxing cruise? This one-hour narrated cruise will provide you with incomparable views of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Take out your camera and catch snapshots of the local wildlife like the California sea lions and harbor seals. A peaceful cruise can be exactly what you need to get acclimated to a new environment.

Space Needle

You can’t visit Seattle and not venture to the top of the Space Needle. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from 520 feet up and take in the breathtaking view of this unique city. Put the camera down for a while and savor some fine dining at the Sky City Restaurant. No experience will compare to your trip to the Space Needle while on assignment as a travel therapist.

Museum of History & Industry

The Museum of History & Industry is a must-visit attraction in Seattle. The museum holds documents, structures, and exhibits which detail the history of the city and the role it served in American History. Learn about the culture of your new temporary home with a fun trip to the museum.

Chihuly Garden & Glass

Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned glass artist whose work is displayed in over 200 museums worldwide. This 4,500 feet glass and steel structure known as the Glasshouse encases some of his best work and is only steps away from the Space Needle. You can even take a step outside and go for a stroll through the botanical garden which also doubles as an exhibit of Mr. Chihuly’s immaculate creations.

Pacific Science Center

Do your adventures as a travel therapist include children? They will love the Pacific Science Center. The beautifully designed center allows children to fully immerse themselves in the latest technologies while expanding their math and science skills. There is also a massive IMAX theatre that climbs 6 stories high and with 12,000 watts of surround sound.

Travel therapy is one of the most rewarding careers as it allows you to travel to foreign destinations while utilizing your skills to help people across the country. Are you interested in a career in travel therapy, but do not know where to start? Ardor Health Solutions is a healthcare staffing company that provides skilled nurses with travel therapy opportunities nationwide. Visit our job listings page for a full outline of healthcare opportunities across the country.

Top 5 Books to Read on the Road

Travel has its ups and downs, and waiting at the airport (or bus stop) is certainly a considered a “down” for many traveling therapists. With delays and complications, you may find yourself stuck in the same chair for hours before you can start moving. There are, fortunately, a plethora of books available to help pass the time. These five releases are some of the most popular books published on travel and make for excellent companions during the slower hours.

1. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

For several years, Cheryl Strayed ran an online advice column titled Dear Sugar. During this time, Strayed operated under an anonymous alias, answering the fevered questions of many people who felt lost about money, family, love, and motivation. Tiny Beautiful Things is a collection of the best posts found on the website and can be a useful pick-me-up for when life is feeling particularly challenging.

2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

While we hope you don’t resort to hitchhiking when traveling to a new state, you can enjoy the misadventures of a flustered British man and his alien companions as they try to make sense of a bizarre galaxy. A quick, easy read that will get you giggling in public.

3. Girls Who Travel

Sometimes you don’t have to go very far to discover something new – either about the world or yourself. This novel by Nicole Trilivas hits upon the core joys of travel, making for a fun, witty, (and a little bit gritty) read.

4. Mosquitoland

Everyone has a travel story about the odd person who sat next to them. Mosquitoland drives into the heart of that experience, focusing on a girl’s thousand-mile bus trip to Cleveland full of quirky characters and unexpected twists.

5. Fast Facts for the Travel Nurse: Travel Nursing in a Nutshell

Unlike the other books, this one is more for practical purposes rather than entertainment. Fast Facts offers useful advice to traveling nurses on many aspects most people don’t consider. This includes factors that are often “boring,” but crucial to know so you can make the most of your traveling career. Topics include how to improve your benefits, payment negotiations, contract negotiations, and preparing for future assignments.
Have your gear ready but don’t know where to travel next? Take a look at our list of available healthcare jobs on Ardor Health. Positions are open for nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and more!

3 Ways to Celebrate April as Occupational Therapy Month

April is Occupational Therapy Month, which makes it a great chance to explore how the practice helps the lives of thousands every day. Raising awareness for the profession, showing appreciation to those who have helped others, and developing your own OT skills are just some of the ways you can show support. If you are pursuing occupational therapy with Ardor Health, we invite you to celebrate with these tips; perhaps it will enlighten those who question you about your chosen profession!

Community Outreach Events

One irritating issue that occupational therapists face is the public’s lack of knowledge around their careers. This ignorance harms two groups: the occupational therapists looking for work, and the many people who don’t find the treatment they need. A community outreach event can appear in many forms, and is a terrific method of giving the public some hands-on teaching on the typical day of an occupational therapist. Community outreach events can include college conventions, health fairs, and teaching a local class.

Sharing Success Stories

There are few things more persuasive than a success story. Think of clients you or others have helped re-integrate into their routine with physical therapy. Storytelling can give people unaware of occupational therapy a new perspective on what work and progress can be done. After all, while occupational therapists are experts at analyzing levels of activity, it may not be so obvious to those who do not think about it every day.

Run a Fundraiser

Fundraisers achieve two goals. You can raise awareness of a cause with a fundraiser, while making some money for a local organization that dedicates itself to said cause. Fundraisers do not have to be large or expensive events. They can be small and creative, including running a bake sale, an open-mic night, helping clients with groceries, or running a newsletter with a request for donations. You may be surprised by the public’s generosity!

Demand for occupational therapists is high throughout the states. At Ardor Health, we have job listings that you can customize to meet your needs. Find your new travel occupational therapy position with us today, and spread the good word of OT!

Tips for Traveling Light

Novice and expert nomads alike have difficulties with overpacking. You can quickly go from being adequately prepared to having too much in your suitcase, and probably won’t notice until you have you start weighing bags at the airport. Beyond paying extra costs, over packing makes it harder to keep your valuables arranged, exhausts you quicker, and often ends in losing the items that matter most. To keep such unfortunate events at bay, we have some tips to help make traveling light and simple.

Take Advantage of Technology

Smartphones are a vital part of our everyday life. We recognize this fact, and even have a smartphone app to help those searching for travel work. When you’re on the road, you most likely already know about apps like Google Maps. However, do you also know you can download maps of regions and towns off Google as a reference without wasting your data? If you want to reduce stuffed folders in your backpack, Camscanner is an app that keeps your medical licenses, certifications, and other documentation arranged electronically. Take a look at some of the other apps that we recommend for traveling healthcare workers.

Don’t Overpack on Toiletries or Laundry

Think about hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast homes; most of these spots come with their own toothbrushes and washing machines. If by some chance they don’t, chances are your room will be located somewhere that will have a local supermarket or laundromat only a couple minutes walk away. Researching where you will live for your new job can help you plan in these matters. While it is understandable you want to keep your clothes and yourself clean, sensitive toiletries can take up valuable space better saved for an extra layer of clothing or a sturdy pair of boots.

Follow the Rule of Threes

You will often only need a maximum of three pairs of each clothing items when traveling within the country. Three pairs of socks, underwear, shirts, and so on are enough for the savvy traveler. Jeans and other denim clothes are practical choices; they often don’t need washing for over a week! For clothes that are fashionable and functionable, those made from cotton fabric dry fast and fold easily while keeping your suitcase light.

Think Outside the Box

Certain items have more functions than you may originally think. A regular bathroom towel, for example, can cover you during a flash storm, keep you warm in a cold airport, turn into a satchel, and set down for a quick picnic! Look for redundancies in the items that you pack and think if the purpose of one could be covered by the other.

Looking to put some travel time in while looking for a new health career? Visit our healthcare job listings.

How to Stay Organized on the Road

When traveling between jobs, staying organized should be near the top of your priorities. Your adventure can transform into a nightmare within minutes when you don’t make the right preparations. From staying to safe to preparing for the unexpected, we have several tips you can utilize to maintain an organized journey.

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How To Find Time to Explore During Work Assignments

For many traveling therapists, one of the biggest reasons they pursued travel therapy is for the opportunity to visit new destinations while receiving compensation. It’s exciting to visit places you’ve never been; but after the first few months the magic can fade away as you get busy with your routine. At Ardor Health, we understand that travel therapy can sometimes be stressful, but you can break out of your rut with the following tips. Continue reading “How To Find Time to Explore During Work Assignments”

How to Balance Work and Family Life as a Travel Therapist

Most traveling therapists fresh out of college don’t have to worry about balancing work and family life; however, as they get older, the realities of taking care of family often appear. While the constant movement of travel therapy is desirable for many, it can make staying connected with those you care about challenging. Luckily, many of the same skills you learn at work can also help in maintaining a balance. Continue reading “How to Balance Work and Family Life as a Travel Therapist”

Pros and Cons of Job Search Sites vs. Staffing Companies

For traveling therapists, determining which opportunity is right for your skillset can be frustrating. Job search sites and staffing companies help mitigate the pains associated with the process, but they are not interchangeable terms. Job search sites and staffing companies come with some unique pros and cons. Continue reading “Pros and Cons of Job Search Sites vs. Staffing Companies”

3 Ways a Respiratory Therapist can Make an Impact

A respiratory therapist (RT) holds a vital role for patients with cardiovascular issues. This practice is one where the therapist specializes in treating patients with breathing disorders like asthma, pneumonia, and emphysema. Like other traveling therapists, an RT must have professional credentials through a state license and at least two years of education. With the field not finding as much popularity as occupational therapy or speech therapy, medical students looking for a more specialized field may wonder why they should choose respiratory therapy. Continue reading “3 Ways a Respiratory Therapist can Make an Impact”

Ardor Health’s February Traveler of the Month!

We love taking the time to recognize Ardor Health’s inspirational and dedicated travelers, which is why we are proud to announce Ardor Health’s February Traveler of the Month, Michelle!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. What’s your dream car and why?

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

5 Tips for Traveling Therapists Handling Homesickness

Despite its name, homesickness usually does not stem from feelings of home. The mood more commonly sets in when yearning for the regular social interactions you enjoyed with your family and friends. Once the excitement of traveling to a new place cools down, many people feel homesickness creeping in. The good news is that because the experience isn’t connected to home itself, you can tackle the melancholy no matter where you are. If you work in travel therapy, take a look at some of the following tips to help cure your homesickness. Continue reading “5 Tips for Traveling Therapists Handling Homesickness”

Top 5 Apps Every Traveling Therapist Should Use

Traveling therapists have the opportunity to explore the country while making money and doing what they love. Still, the experience is not always easy, and having a couple of helpful apps on hand can help reduce a lot of stress from time management, budgeting, and finding the best travel methods. We gathered some of our favorite apps that we believe every traveling therapist should include in their arsenal.

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Pros and Cons of a Traveling Career

Although one significant purpose of our company is helping traveling health practitioners find new places to work, we understand that a traveling career may not be the perfect fit for everyone. But not to worry, because Ardor Health has an office specifically dedicated to finding you a permanent placement job as well!

If you are nearing the end of your graduate studies or are trying to figure out whether a travel job would be a good change of pace, keep these pros and cons in mind when making your decision! Continue reading “Pros and Cons of a Traveling Career”

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.

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.

Best Places to Travel and Work in Winter

Although traveling for contract healthcare work comes with its unique set of challenges, you still have the benefit of discovering great new places. This means that you don’t have to stick around frigid cities like Chicago or Minneapolis during subzero temperatures. You have the option to relocate somewhere warm and sunny for your new term! We’ve gathered some of the best places to travel and work in during winter, both for those craving 90 degree weather or who would prefer to wear a light sweater over a winter coat.

Phoenix, Arizona

If you are a low-key kind of person who prefers to relax while enjoying the outdoors, Phoenix may be your spot. Though the city isn’t known for its nightlife, it provides enough relaxing activities and surrounding parks to pass the time. Camelback Mountain has plenty of trails and camping spots to take during weekend breaks. Near the center of the city, Papago Park provides extended hiking spots along with the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.

If you’re looking to explore outside the city, South Mountain Park boasts 16,000 acres of wildlife and scenic lookout points to satisfy your inner naturalist. The summers are blistering enough that most residents won’t bother going outside, but during the winters, Phoenix’s cool breeze keeps you energized.

Austin, Texas

When you want to have fun after work, Austin, Texas provides ample opportunities for activity. The city is known for hosting a variety of creative art and music events while maintaining a cost of living reasonable enough for the traveling practitioner. It’s no wonder that Austin is the second fastest growing city in the United States, with winter weather ranging from the low 40s to high 60s.

You can bike through the Austin Music Tour and visit over 200 of its live music venues, or meet with locals and visit the smaller neighborhoods focused on the arts. If you still want to connect with nature during your winter stay, you can go kayaking at Lady Bird Lake, bike through the bridges that connect many of Austin’s parks, or fish at the McKinney Falls State Park!

Charleston, South Carolina

If you want to live near the beach, you may want to avoid the typical holiday hangouts like Miami or Honolulu. While these are certainly nice vacation spots, the cost of living can be unbearable the closer you get to the shore. Believe it or not, Charleston can provide the beach life you’re looking for, with mild weather averaging around the mid-60s. The downtown area provides a mixture of unique local shops, fresh food at low prices, and a nightlife active enough to fill out your weekend plans.

Charleston is also a good choice for those who want to experience an older America, with many museums, preserved households, and other structures open to visit. For example, Sullivan’s Island, The Nathaniel Russell House Museum, and Fort Sumter National Monuments are hotspots for visiting history buffs. Don’t forget to watch the sunrise at The Battery during your healthcare contract work. Many photographers consider this stretch of harbor as one of the most beautiful views of the ocean available on the east coast.

Traveling assignments are your opportunity to help others while discovering many of our country’s liveliest, most iconic cities. If you’re interested in a new healthcare job for any time of the year, view our list of medical jobs today and get connected!

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.

Quick Start Guide To New Grad Mentorship

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

mentorship-guide

WHY WOULD YOU START YOUR CAREER WITHOUT A MENTOR?

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

Free CEU’s

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

Tuition Reimbursement

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

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

Visit Us: www.ArdorHealth.com