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.

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.


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.

Don’t Forget to Plan for Emergencies on your Next Travel Assignment

Being a travel nurse is a tough job – and it gets even tougher when you’re faced with an emergency while on assignment. As a travel nurse, you’re likely already a quick thinker and a good planner. However, you should consider these checklists to make sure you’re prepared in case the worst happens.

Depending on where in the world you are, getting access to your documents, financial paperwork, and other vital items might not be so easy. Here’s an easy way to prep and plan for any emergency while you’re on the road.

Driving Accidents Can Happen When You’re a Travel Nurse

Automobile accidents happen all over the world, unfortunately. The best thing you can do before you go on assignment is research the driving laws, traffic violations, and parking rules of the area that you’re going. Also:

  • Have your car checked before heading out on the road and get any necessary repairs to prevent you from having to find a mechanic in an unfamiliar town on short notice.
  • Make sure your car registration, driver’s license, and insurance policies are up to date
  • Purchase a roadside assistance membership in case you get a flat tire or need a tow
  • Pack an emergency car kit that includes blankets, a first aid kit, water bottles, jumper cables, a small fire extinguisher, a mobile phone charger, flashlight, road flares, ponchos, and a multi-purpose tool

Don’t forget to replace any emergency items once you’ve used them!

Natural Disaster Preparedness

A natural disaster can strike at any moment, and these are often some of the most dangerous situations travel nurses find themselves in.

  • Once you start your assignment, identify the emergency exits near your workstation
  • Familiarize yourself with the facility’s evacuation plan
  • Keep your cell phone nearby whenever possible
  • Pack protein bars and water that you can access in an emergency
  • Understand hospital protocol designed to keep staff and patients safe
  • Take advantage of all emergency videos and training modules provided by the facility where you’re working

No matter what you do, being caught in a natural disaster like a flood or earthquake can be devastating. Make the situation a little easier on yourself. Being informed of your options in a tight case can ease the stress of traveling to a new country on assignment.

Facing Medical Emergencies Abroad

If you have a chronic health condition, it’s especially important to take precautions as you travel. Even if you’re the type of person who never gets sick, you never know what can happen abroad. Do your research on medical care in the area that you’re going to, so you know what to expect. Likewise, you should:

  • Make sure you have enough refills of any prescriptions you take
  • Provide emergency contact information to your manager
  • Carry a copy of your medical insurance card
  • Make sure your policy covers you while you’re traveling out of state
  • Avoid taking risks that could cause an injury

If you’re traveling to a country where the healthcare costs money and you don’t have insurance, you should additionally have some cash saved up to pay for any necessary treatments.

Financial Planning for Travel Nurses

Plan for unexpected events such as theft or loss. For the most part, travel nurses are usually in a secure environment, but you never know what can happen!

  • Maintain two separate bank accounts and an emergency cash fund
  • Save copies of the front and back of your credit cards so that you can identify them in case of theft
  • Get a safe to store valuables and important documents

You don’t want to be caught with no money at all. You may even want to leave some money with a trusted family member or friend so that they can send it to you should your trip as a travel nurse go awry.

Travel nursing can be stressful as is, so preparing for any type of emergency is crucial. Use the above information to ensure that you are ready for anything at a moment’s notice. Of course, finding a location and job you love is worth the preparation. If you’re looking to become a travel nurse, or relocate to start a new adventure, contact Ardor Health Solutions today. We’re dedicated to finding the right healthcare position for you.

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.

How to Eat Well When Traveling

If you’re a nurse, you know it can be tough to eat healthy meals during a busy shift. If you’re a travel nurse, those challenges multiply when you’re facing unknown locations, irregular kitchen facilities, and strict schedules. Keep in mind that caring for yourself is a crucial element of caring for others.

Try these nutrition tips to be your best self for your patients, your family, and of course, you!

Skip the Drive-Thru

While grabbing fast food on the go often seems like the easiest way to get a quick meal, it’s usually not the healthiest choice. Instead, see if you can find a local grocery store when you’re in a new area. You’ll be able to get fresh items like fruits and veggies, which are low cost and suitable to eat throughout the day, keeping you satisfied. Many supermarkets even have a deli with a salad bar and prepared foods like sushi and soups. If that isn’t within your budget, many websites have recipes for five or 10-minute meals that you can make with minimal ingredients.

Pump Up the Protein

Getting enough protein in your diet helps you concentrate and stabilize your blood sugar so that you feel full for an extended amount of time. When you only get a quick shift break, it’s important to make choices that will provide you with the energy you need until it’s time to clock out. Good options include hard-boiled eggs, trail mix and nuts, low-fat cottage cheese, and natural beef jerky.

Increase Hydration

Drinking enough water keeps you alert and helps remove toxins from your body. Try carrying a reusable water bottle and making a point to drink at least 64 ounces each day. Avoid too much caffeine and sugary drinks, which can provide a spike in blood sugar followed by a quick crash.

Get the Gear

A lunch bag you love will add some excitement to the sometimes drab task of packing a lunch for work. Bringing your meal will not only save you money, but it also gives you the opportunity to avoid grabbing unhealthy foods, processed items, sugary snacks, and sodas from the convenience store. Besides, bringing meals is much more environmentally friendly than relying on the waste-heavy fast food industry.

It’s no secret that being hungry affects mood and work capability. With a little preparation and some practice, you can create daily eating habits that fit your busy life and still provide you with enough nutrition to feel great. At Ardor Health Solutions, we recognize the importance of nutrition when you’re a busy nurse. Contact us today to join our fantastic team of nurses across the country.