COVID-19 Response

Ardor Health Solutions has and always will be dedicated to the health and safety of both our clinicians and our internal staff. With the growing concern over the COVID-19 virus and it’s effect on our daily lives, we wanted to let you know that Ardor Health is staying up to date with all the latest information provide by the CDC and taking all appropriate actions.

Your safety is our priority. And that is priority number one. We are in constant contact with all of our school districts, hospitals, Home Health Agencies, SNFs and all other partnered facilities about the effect of COVID-19.

We’re making sure that they are following the CDC’s guidelines and going to every length to keep our clinicians safe! If you have not reviewed the CDC’s guidelines, then we urge you to do so.  In addition to the wealth of information provided by the CDC, there is also a webinar that may be helpful to you.

Ardor Health is monitoring each and every one of our assignments across the country. So far, none of our assignments have been affected by the coronavirus. As the situation evolves, rest assured we will continue to update you. We will always be referring to the CDC’s guidelines.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 855-GO-ARDOR or simply send us an email or reach out to your recruiter. Again, your safety is our number one concern and we will continue to keep you updated on any developments with COVID-19.

COVID-19 FAQ

COVID-19 is caused by a previously unrecognized coronavirus, called COVID-19.For more information about COVID-19 please visit:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus

What is the status of the COVID-19 outbreak? Am I at risk?

For the latest global situation report please visit WHOs website https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports/The latest national situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page COVID-19.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

How does the virus spread?

This virus most likely originally emerged from an animal source and now appears to be spreading from person-to-person. Currently, COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Is COVID-19 the same as the MERS-CoV or SARS virus?

No. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. The recently emerged COVID-19 is not the same as the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or the coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003. There are ongoing investigations to learn more. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?

While this virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person.

How can I protect myself?

The best way to prevent illness from COVID-19 is to avoid being exposed to the virus and use good hand hygiene. Common sense precautions that prevent the spread of flu will also help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Please do the following:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover cough and sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend that people who are well to wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should only be worn by persons who are sick or persons caring for them.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and hard surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If I were exposed to COVID-19, how long would it take for me to become sick?

This The time between exposure to the COVID-19 virus and onset of symptoms is called the “incubation period.” The incubation period for COVID-19 is typically 2 to 14 days, although in some cases it may be longer.

What should I do if I think I (or someone in my family) might have COVID-19?

If you are returning from an area with an outbreak of COVID-19 the CDC is recommending you self-quarantine for 14 days immediately upon returning from your travels, even if asymptomatic. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath during those 14 days contact your health care professional and mention your recent travel. Your provider will work with your county public health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from an impacted area, you should call a health care professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel.  For the most updated travel advisories regarding COVID-19, visit: U.S. Travel Advisories and CDC Information for Travel.

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 infection available online.

How do you test a person for COVID-19?

Your healthcare professional will work with your county health department to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

A person who is tested will have three specimens taken: oral, nasal, and saliva. The samples will be given to the county health department, who will then either ship or deliver them to the closest state laboratory. If a specimen is tested positive, it will be identified as ‘presumptive positive’ until the result is confirmed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more information on COVID-19 testing see CDC Tests for COVID-19.

Is there a vaccine?

Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against COVID-19.

What are the treatments?

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
Learn about COVID-19 Treatment.

How long can COVID-19 survive in the environment?

The length of time that the virus survives likely depends on factors. These factors could include the type of material or body fluid containing the virus and various environmental conditions such as temperature or humidity. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other institutions are designing standardized experiments to measure how long COVID-19 can survive in situations that simulate natural environmental conditions.

Are there disinfectants available that can inactivate (kill) COVID-19?

Right now, there are no disinfectant products registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use on environmental surfaces that are specifically listed as having the ability to kill COVID-19. However, related viruses that have similar physical and biochemical properties can be killed with bleach, ammonia or alcohol, or cleaning agents containing any of these disinfectants. Cleaning agents should be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available at Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fighting Products. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.

What about products imported from areas of outbreak?

There is still a lot that is unknown about the newly emerged COVID-19 and how it spreads. In general, there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures. Coronaviruses are generally thought to be spread most often by respiratory droplets. Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.

How do I determine to travel or not?

Current CDC travel guidance is available here: CDC Information for Travel

Current U.S. Travel Advisories are available here: U.S. Travel Advisories.

Is okay to have or go to large events?

The decision to hold or cancel an event rests with the organizer of that event, just as the decision to attend an event or mass gathering rests with each individual. For more guidance visit the CDC website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.

Where can I get more information about COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization are excellent sources of information about this evolving outbreak.

You can access their websites here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.who.int/westernpacific/emergencies/novel-coronavirus

For Florida specific information, please consult The Florida Department of Health website:
http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/.

Hurricane Dorian: Ardor Health’s Disaster Plan

Important Weather Notice from Ardor Health Solutions

With Hurricane Dorian 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.htmlhttp://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/weatherhttp://www.weather.com/

 

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!

Louisiana Going Compact for Nursing on July 1st!

Louisiana is officially the 31st state to go Compact for nursing (NLC)! This is fantastic news for travel nurses who want to be able to explore different cities and states and not have to undergo the process of obtaining  a brand new license every time.

What this Means for Louisiana Based Nurses

If you are a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse who holds a license in Louisiana that’s in good standing, you may now convert that same license into a compact license, which will allow you to practice in all 31 states.

Which States Are Compact?

  1. Alabama
  2. Arizona
  3. Arkansas
  4. Colorado
  5. Delaware
  6. Florida
  7. Georgia
  8. Idaho
  9. Iowa
  10. Kansas
  11. Kentucky
  12. Louisiana
  13. Maine
  14. Maryland
  15. Mississippi
  16. Missouri
  17. Montana
  18. Nebraska
  19. New Hampshire
  20. New Mexico
  21. North Carolina
  22. North Dakota
  23. Oklahoma
  24. South Carolina
  25. South Dakota
  26. Tennessee
  27. Texas
  28. Utah
  29. Virginia
  30. Wisconsin
  31. Wyoming

What You’ll Need to Gain Your Compact License

  1. You must reside in your home state.
  2. You must hold an active, unencumbered home state license
  3. Must not have been convicted or pled guilty to a felony offense under state or federal criminal law
  4. Must not have been convicted or entered into an agreed disposition of a misdemeanor offense related to the nursing practice as determined by the board
  5. Must not be enrolled in an alternative program/the recovering nurse program
  6. The multi-state license provides you the “privilege to practice” only in other compact states
  7. If your residency moves from one state to another, you must apply for a new primary state of residency license.  View the current map of the states in the NLC.
  8. You must submit a Multistate Conversion Application
  9. Submit fingerprints for an FBI background check (this encores an additional fee)
  10. Submit the conversion fee of $50.90
  11. Your renewal requirements for renewal remain unchanged and unaffected by the conversion application (From GypsyNurse.com)

Want to learn more? Visit NCSBN.org to learn how you can get started with your compact license.

Already have your Nursing Compact and want to search open jobs now?

Search Open Nursing Jobs Here!

Top 10 States For High Nursing Salary

If earning top-pay is one of the most appealing features when choosing a state to travel to as a nurse, then we’ve got some news for you! The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released their list of highest grossing salaries from state to state for Registered Nurses. Some of these options are a bit more obvious, like California, but it’s important to keep in mind about Cost of Living for some of these states. Finding that sweet spot between your ideal state, a high-end salary, and a moderate cost-of-living is the trick! All that being said, let’s take a look at the list.

1. Top States

At the top of this list is California, coming in at $106,950 average for salary. California’s cost of living can vary from region to region, and so will the salary. Nonetheless, California continues to be a key state to travel to for many RNs. Other highly desirable states like New York, Washington and Hawaii make this list too. 

1. California: $106,950
2. Hawaii: $98,080
3. Massachusetts: $92,140
4. Oregon: $91,080
5. Alaska: $89,310
6. New York: $85,610
7. Nevada: $85,620
8. New Jersey: $82,750
9. Washington: $82,670
10. Connecticut: $81,220

2. Above Average States for Nursing Salary 

11. Minnesota: $78,920
12. Rhode Island: $78,420
13. Arizona: $77,000
14. Maryland: $76,820
15. Delaware: $74,800
16. Colorado: $74,240
17. Illinois: $73,890
18. Texas: $72,890
19. New Hampshire $72,760
20. New Mexico: $71,730

3. Average States for Nursing Salary

21. Wisconsin: $71,470
22. Michigan: $71,330
23. Pennsylvania: $70,390
24. Virginia: $69,790
25. Vermont: $69,160
26. Georgia: $68,950
27. Maine: $67,610
28. Montana: $67,450
29. Wyoming: $67,360
30. Idaho: $67,110

4. Below Average States for Nursing Salary

31. Ohio: $66,820
32. Florida: $66,210
33. North Dakota: $65,740
34. Utah: $65,670
35. Missouri: $65,130
36. South Carolina: $64,940
37 Indiana: $64,860
38. North Carolina: $64,850
39 Nebraska: $64,470
40. Louisiana: $63,970

5. Lowest States for Nursing Salary

41. Kentucky: $63,100
42. Oklahoma: $63,080
43. West Virginia: $61,780
44. Tennessee: $61,320
45. Kansas: 61,030
46. Arkansas: $60,780
47. Alabama: $59,470
48. Iowa: $59,130
49. Mississippi: $58,490
50. South Dakota: $58,340

So what do you think? Did all the states measure up to the salary average you expected? Or is there more to a travel assignment for you than just salary? Let us know in the comments! 

Ready to find your next great travel assignment from one of these awesome states? Search Open Jobs Now! 

 

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.


What SLPs Should Know About Caring for Hospice Patients

Did you know that speech language pathologists (SLP) are often part of the care team for end-of-life patients? Think about it, at this critical moment, a patient needs to be able to eat and communicate with their loved ones and caregivers. At the same time, many health issues often prevent them from communicating effectively. All over the country speech pathologists play a crucial role in providing care for thousands of hospice patients, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

If you are a speech language pathologist looking to broaden the scope of your care, understanding how you can help hospice patients perform critical tasks can help you make more of your career.

How Does a Speech Language Pathologist Care for Hospice Patients?

When working with hospice patients, a speech language pathologist’s primary concern is improving their patients’ comfort and quality of life.

Most SLPs address swallowing issues before any others. The pathologist develops strategies to help her patient receive oral nutrition for as long as possible. An SLP may influence the decision to introduce a feeding tube. He or she may also develop communication strategies for patients who have difficulty speaking. It’s crucial that a patient is able to express his needs and wishes for as long as possible.

What Must an SLP Consider When Caring for Patients at the End of Life?

Speech Language Pathologists working with this population should educate themselves about the process of death and how he or she can best support the patient and family during this time. Understanding the range of emotions a patient may experience can help the SLP help the patient communicate more effectively.

Most importantly, the pathologist must understand that the wishes of the patient and family are the most crucial factor. Maintaining a family’s cultural, social, and religious beliefs is vital nearing the end of life. The patient and his or her family ultimately decides what is best for the quality of life, although the SLP may make recommendations that do not necessarily line up with this decision.

Terminally ill patients who have Medicare are entitled to at least six months of hospice service, which includes care by an SLP as needed. Pathologists can get reimbursed through Medicare for services provided to this population, though per-diem amounts vary depending on the level of hospice care the person is deemed to need.

Speech language pathologists provide a critical service to many who live with a communication disorder. Ready for a new opportunity in healthcare? View our Job Board to see what SLP positions may be waiting for you in the U.S.!

3 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Physical Therapy Patient

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

Ask Yourself Who Your Perfect Patient Is

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

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

Who Makes The Decisions?

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

Engaging With Your Perfect Patient

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

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

Ardor Health is headed to ASHA 2017!

It’s hard to believe that ASHA 2017 is almost here! This year ASHA will hold its annual conference in beautiful Los Angeles, California! Once again, Ardor Health Solutions is a proud of sponsor of this amazing event. We’d love for you to stop by booth #740 and meet our team and register to win a brand new Apple Watch!

The 2017 ASHA Convention will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, November 9–11, 2017.

The ASHA Convention is the premier annual event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Bringing together approximately 15,000 attendees, the Annual Convention provides you with a once-a-year opportunity to learn about the latest research, polish clinical skills, improve techniques, and gain new tools and resources to advance professional development.

To learn more, head over to ASHA’s Website

3 Surprising Facts About Hearing Loss

Did you know that hearing loss affects over 48 million Americans? This number may be surprising, but more individuals are diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss every day. Not only does the number continue to grow, but different types of hearing loss are also being discovered. If you weren’t aware of the number of Americans affected by hearing loss, then these other facts may also surprise you.

30 Million Americans Under the Age of 65 are Diagnosed With Hearing Loss

It’s safe to assume that the majority of the 48 million Americans diagnosed with hearing loss would be age 65 or older. In actuality, 62 percent are younger than 65. Let’s break down the numbers reported by Sergei Kochkin, the Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute:

  • 1 in 6 baby boomers (ages 46-59) have a hearing problem
  • 1 in 14 Generation Xers (ages 29-40) already have hearing loss
  • At least 1.4 million children (18 or younger) have hearing problems
  • 3 out of every 1,000 infants are born with severe hearing loss

Any Sound Over 85 Decibels Can Damage Hearing

Hearing loss can come as a consequence of hearing loud sounds. Prolonged exposure to noise above 85 decibels (dB) may cause a form of permanent hearing loss. Here are a few sounds to compare:

  • Normal Conversation – 60 dB. This noise level won’t cause any damage
  • Idle Bulldozer – 85 dB. This can cause permanent damage after an 8 hour work day
  • Headphones at Maximum Volume – 100 dB or more. This is loud enough to begin causing permanent hearing damage after listening to 15 minutes of music per day
  • Rock Concert – 115 dB. This level is enough to cause damage but shouldn’t be permanent in moderation
  • Thunderclap – 120 dB. This can cause immediate damage in close vicinity
  • Gunshot – 140-190 dB. This can also cause severe immediate hearing damage

Hearing Loss is Unique

No one has the same level of hearing loss. Our ears adjust to sounds and frequencies in different ways. A high-pitched noise may affect your ears differently from someone standing right next to you. Because no one’s ears are the same, it’s essential to get your ears checked by a professional. Without proper testing, hearing aids or devices you acquire will most likely not amplify the appropriate frequencies.

Hearing loss encompasses many different factors. Having a clear understanding of hearing loss is vital to preventing it and essential when trying to start a career in audiology. Ardor Health Solutions can help you take the first step in your audiology career. Check out our job search, or call  855-GO-ARDOR to find your next audiology position!

The 2017-2018 School Traveler’s Road Map

School is back in session! And to celebrate, Ardor Health has put together a comprehensive list of tips and tricks to help you to get back in the swing of things! Whether you’re a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language-Pathologist, or Registered Nurse, the School Traveler’s Road Map is packed full of great tips and benefits that will be sure to help you on your next school contract! Simply click the link below to get free access! Just think of it as Ardor Health’s little thank you everything you do.

The School Traveler Road Map

Are you still looking for a school assignment for the 2017-2018 school season? No matter the specialty, there are plenty of states that would be amazing travel locations. So where would you like to travel next? Fill out the form below and one of Ardor Health’s recruiter’s will contact you to start working on your next big journey!

    Ardor Health Solutions Named As Top 20 Largest Allied Healthcare Staffing Firm In US

    Ardor Health Solutions is pleased to announce that we have been named as the 20th largest US Allied Healthcare Staffing Firm in the United States! After extensive consideration, the research firm, Staffing Industry Analysts informed Ardor Health of the achievement this week.

    “We couldn’t be more proud of being recognized as one of the nation’s largest Allied Health Staffing Firms.” said CEO and Co-Founder Mike Lamia. “This achievement is further proof of our commitment to both our travelers and our clients.”

    As part of this elite group of staffing firms, Ardor Health is aware that these lists are shared and valued by the global buyer community when looking for new staffing companies to work with. Our standing on the list is a huge asset to both our candidates, clients, and internal staff that we strive to please every day.

    About Ardor Health Solutions

    Ardor Health is a rapidly-growing Healthcare Staffing company that began in 2001.  We specialize in the temporary and permanent placement of Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapists as well as PTA’s, COTA’s, CFY’s, SLPA’s, School Psychologists, and RN’s across all fifty states. Ardor Health has the best sales force in the industry, which in turn makes the company incredibly strong. Ardor provides quality positions and care for its travelers/candidates, as well as the facilities they staff them in. Ardor Health has a fun, energetic, family-oriented, business-casual environment with a fast-paced mind set. Its staff is ever-changing, organized, highly qualified and dedicated to customer service.

    About Staffing Industry Analysts

    Founded in 1989, Staffing Industry Analysts is the global advisor on staffing and workforce solutions. Our proprietary research covers all categories of employed and non-employed work including temporary staffing, independent contracting and other types of contingent labor. SIA’s independent and objective analysis provides insights into the services and suppliers operating in the workforce solutions ecosystem including staffing firms, managed service providers, recruitment process outsourcers, payrolling/ compliance firms and talent acquisition technology specialists such as vendor management systems, online staffing platforms, crowdsourcing and online work services. We also provide training and accreditation with our unique Certified Contingent Workforce Professional (CCWP) program.

    Known for our award-winning content, data, support tools, publications, executive conferences and events, we help both suppliers and buyers of workforce solutions make better-informed decisions that improve business results and minimize risk. As a division of the international business media company, Crain Communications Inc., SIA is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with offices in London, England. For more information: www.staffingindustry.com

    Can This Anatomy App Help You As A Physical Therapist?

    We are officially in the digital age if you haven’t realized it yet. Everything is either being digitized or aided by digital technology and the healthcare industry is no exception. One of the most innovative technologies to date is the cell phone and its mobile applications have forever changed how we use them. There is one anatomy app in particular that can possibly be a great benefit to physical therapists nationwide: the Muscle Premium mobile app. Continue reading “Can This Anatomy App Help You As A Physical Therapist?”

    Finding the Best Nursing Shoes

    Nurses are one of many professionals whose job requires them to be on their feet for an extended period of time. A 2006 study published in MEDSURG Nursing concluded that the average nurse walks 4-5 miles during a 12-hour shift while most Americans walk up to 3 miles in an average 18-hour day. For the amount of time they spend on their feet alone, the type of shoes a nurse wears is crucial. Not only must they be comfortable, but they also need to be safe for the work environment. We have highlighted what you should consider when finding the best nursing shoe. Continue reading “Finding the Best Nursing Shoes”

    Ardor Health Certified as a Great Place to Work for the Third Year In a Row

    Ardor Health Solutions has been certified as a great workplace for the third year in a row! Ardor Health Solutions earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys.

    A copy of the review can be found here: http://reviews.greatplacetowork.com/ardor-health-solutions.

    This review is based on 72 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.55.

    “We applaud Ardor Health Solutions for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Kim Peters, Executive Vice President of Great Place to Work’s Certification Program. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace – critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with Ardor Health Solutions should take into account as an indicator of high performance.”

    Don’t Commit These 3 Healthcare Interview Mistakes

    Congratulations on graduating with your healthcare degree! You worked hard for it and it is time to put what you’ve learned to use, but first, you must get past the interview. You have done everything right leading up to this moment. The last thing you want to do is ruin your chances of landing a promising position by committing a detrimental interview blunder. We understand that you may be nervous leading up to the interview and that is expected. To help you prepare for your big day, we have highlighted three common healthcare interview mistakes to avoid. Continue reading “Don’t Commit These 3 Healthcare Interview Mistakes”

    Ardor Health’s Back To School Special

    Summer is right around the corner, but it’s never too early to start thinking about your next School Assignment! Whether you’re a Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, School Psychologist, Social Worker, Special Education Teacher, or Tele-therapist, we’re sure we can find the position you’ve been looking for.

    We know, we know — you probably want to enjoy your well deserved time off before you start thinking about your next assignment, but hear us out! Ardor Health has a back to school special designed especially for you! Continue reading “Ardor Health’s Back To School Special”

    Ardor Health’s March 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 March Traveler of the Month, John!

    His recruiter Angelina says, “John has over 11 years of experience and has traveled with Ardor in the past (1 year to be exact). Aside from being a jokester, he enjoys traveling and hunting on his spare time.  He is extremely outgoing and considers himself a “D a r e Devil”.

    John is an RN now on assignment working in an ICU at a Montana Hospital.

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

    The surprises.  There are few common or bland days while RN traveling.  Each day provides a variety of colors via one’s lodging, staff interplay, patient variance and patient management system challenges.  The fun never stops.  One’s needs to celebrate the unknowns of each assignment in order leverage travel potentiality.

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

    Chile, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Tibet.

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

    Fly fish, high dive, spelunking, and knitting.

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

    Kielbasa, pickled herring, buttered brussel sprouts, and cookie dough.

    5. What’s your dream car and why?

    Tesla Roadster: 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.  Electrifying.  Enough said.

    4 Types of Nursing Professions to Explore

    When the average person hears that you would like to become a nurse, the first thing that comes to mind is that you will be working in a hospital somewhere, taking blood pressures and changing sheets. This may be a part of a nurse’s duty, but there are plenty of nursing professions that are unknown to the everyday person. We have outlined a few professions in the nursing field for you to explore to help broaden your options.

    Travel Nurse

    Many people believe that traveling and working should be separated. Being a travel nurse buries that argument. As a travel nurse, you can visit various destinations around the world while doing what you love. You have the ability to select where you would like to go and for how long. This profession is most popular amongst single individuals without families as you tend to spend months out of the year way from home.

    Legal Nurse

    Do you have a passion for nursing and working in the legal field? This profession combines them both. As a legal nurse or Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, you use your immense healthcare knowledge to work on medical related cases. What makes this position most attractive is that it is attainable with an RN license and allows you to be a part of the legal process without obtaining a legal degree.

    RN Case Manager

    This profession is most similar to a social worker’s job but instead, has to deal with the medical field. As an RN Case Manager, your duties include:

    • Perform new admissions
    • Outline care plans
    • Supervise over healthcare staff

    You have the freedom to work in a hospital, clinic, home health agency, and much more as an RN Case Manager.

    Nurse Educator

    Do you love the nursing field so much that you would like to spread that knowledge? As a nurse educator, you can teach students on everything they need know about becoming a nurse. This position often requires you to have an advanced degree and allows you to be everything from a high school teacher to a university professor.

    You have many options to pursue in the nursing field and these are just a few for you to explore. Allow Ardor Health Solutions to help you find the position right for you. Check out our healthcare job listings today and get on your way to a rewarding career.

    Top 3 Occupational Therapy Myths

    Occupational therapists often have to explain their careers to friends and family members. A simple summary is often not enough; it’s common for an OT to hear someone jokingly state she works a “fake job.” The confusion revolving around the daily tasks of an occupational therapist have led to common misconceptions, and many in the field can’t seem to shake off some persistent myths. The three following myths are those you are most likely to hear when studying or working as an occupational therapist. Continue reading “Top 3 Occupational Therapy Myths”

    Why Social Work is a Great Career Choice for Helping Others

    Social work is often challenging. You often have to juggle your clients, your business, and your own needs. These priorities can clash, frustrating employees who approach the career like any other job. Making a difference in the world is the core value of social work for many. Instead of waiting for the next paycheck, you are fighting to enhance a person’s – or a community’s – quality of life. Continue reading “Why Social Work is a Great Career Choice for Helping Others”

    What Are My Options in Social Work?

    Social workers are those who care about other people and believe that their work can make a positive difference. It is a career filled with action, meaning, and many paths. Social work can be as direct or indirect as possible depending on your preferences. You could carry out your duties in a hospital, private business, school, public agency, court, and more. How can you choose which profession is best for you? The following social work options are the most popular careers, see which one fits your interests! Continue reading “What Are My Options in Social Work?”

    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.

    Ardor Health’s January 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 January Traveler of the Month, Jeannie!

    Jeannie is an SLP and has been on contract with Ardor Health in schools for 3 years! Miranda is her recruiter and says she is a loyal traveler and a great lady!  She adopted 2 special needs kids of her own many years back and has a passion for the students she treats.

    So let’s learn a little bit more about Jeannie!

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

    My favorite part of being a traveler is the assignment setting and duration flexibility, followed closely by the myriad travel options.  I have had a chance to make friends all over the place!

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

    Since I started working as a traveling SLP, I have worked in the United Kingdom and Ireland; and traversed the U.S. from Juneau, AK to  Charlotte, NC and from Burlington, NH to Calexico, CA as the name implies, on the U.S. Mexico border.

    Between vacation and travel assignments, I have been afforded the opportunity to visit all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada, and quite a bit of Mexico.  I usually choose my assignments based upon proximity to family and friends or places I’ve wanted to live.  I’ve been an SLP for 36 years, traveling for the last 23.  I can’t really think of any place here that I have yet to discover that I had on my list.  It’s a good thing new places and people bring charm and surprises of their own!

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

    I love visiting, day trips, cooking classes, when I can find them, swimming, and an occasional day at a spa.

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

    Leftovers are great on long hard days because I don’t have to do much to be ready for dinner.

    5. What’s your dream car and why?

    I get to drive my dream car!  Amazingly, it’s a 2010 Chevy Traverse.  My only complaint is the gas mileage. This car has only required routine maintenance; over 164 K miles and I’ve only had to replace a few sets of tires, a battery, windshield wipers &  headlights.  I only replaced the timing chain because it had so many miles on it and my current position requires 600-800 miles a week in very rural country.

    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.

    How To Get The Most Out Of Your Clinical Fellowship Year

    Your Clinical Fellowship Year can be a difficult transition period, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s possible to travel for your career as a clinical fellow and receive amazing mentorship and experience all while completing your CFY . How you might ask? By traveling for a school contract of course!

    Now you’ve probably heard about school travel, but the truth is it’s by far the best way to complete a CF in a school settings versus other settings because of the length of the contract and because you will have only one CF Mentor during the CF year.

    Why School Travel Is The Best Choice for Your CFY

    Mentorship 

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

    Ease of Use: When you do your CFY at a school setting, you take the stress out of your Clinical Fellowship year while gaining a ton of experience! Before you know it, the year has passed and you’re on to your next great position.

    Experience: Working in a school setting will allow you to gain valuable experience immediately. Not only will you learn from the attending SLP, but from other co-workers as well!

    Competitive Pay: Travel therapy pays the big bucks. But travel therapy can make some uncomfortable since they feel like they are always searching for a new job. That’s not the case with School Travel. Ardor Health will secure your position for the entire school year and then help you find your next job months before your contract comes up. That means you make great pay and have the comfort and security of a school position!

    Time Needed: You probably know that you must still work under the supervision of an SLP with CCC for 9 months after you graduate. That equates to 36 weeks of full-time (35 hours per week) experience totaling a minimum of 1260 hours is what is required to complete a CFY year!

    That may seem like a lot, but that equals out to just one travel school contract!

    CEUs: The medical field never stops advancing, and neither should your education. Ardor Health offers over 1,000 courses for you to continue your therapy education throughout the first two years of the New Grad Program. New courses are added each day and are available to 24/7. Absolutely free.

    What Can CFYs Do Again?

    We’re glad you asked! Below is a list of the do’s and do not’s of a CFY

    CFYs Can:

    • Develop treatment plans by identifying a problem list, including long and short-term goals and methods to achieve identified goals
    • Provide and direct speech therapy services, treatment, program planning and implementation
    • Identify and treat students with speech, language, voice, and fluency disorders
    • Review the quality and appropriateness of the total services delivered and of individual speech language pathology programs
    • Provide Family/Teacher consultation

    CFYs cannot:

    • Supervise students, SLP Assistants, or other CF’s
    • Engage in administrative activities that do not deal directly with student management
    • Regarding signing off on evals, ASHA is ok with it so long as it is within the capability of the state regulations. It would have to be verified with the state board if it is within the CFY’s scope of practice
    • Everything else a CFY CAN’T do in a school setting would be up to the school district’s job description

    More Information: ASHA Website: http://www.asha.org/certification/Clinical-Fellowship.htm

    Can Pokémon Go Be The Next Great Health App?

    If you’ve been to a park within the past week or decided to go for a jog in the city, you may have noticed a large amount of people looking down at their phones. We know, that’s nothing new, but it’s what they’re doing on their phones that could change the mobile health industry as we know it.

    You’ve probably heard of Pokémon before. It’s a massively successful franchise with trading cards, cartoons and video games where you catch creatures named Pokémon. But a new app named Pokémon Go has the internet buzzing and sending people out exploring parts of their community they never thought to visit.

    What Is Pokémon Go?

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    Pokémon Go’s premise is very simple. It’s a mobile game that’s free for both iOS and Android and it allows you to create your own character. The app was created by Nintendo and a Niantic Labs. The app then uses augmented reality using your phone’s camera to catch, train and trade all types of Pokémon. It indeed sounds simple, but the game has already been downloaded over 7.5 million times. In addition, the game urges you to go out and explore your communities, resulting in many people walking miles to catch Pokémon. So, does this mean Pokémon Go could become one of the most successful mobile health apps there ever was? It’s looking that way.

    The Inherent Health Benefits

    Experts in the mobile and digital health industry are hailing Pokémon Go as an all in one health
    benefits app. The app encourages users to get outside with their friends, walk to parts of their communities they normal wouldn’t go, meet new people and get some exercise in the process. Although these social, mental and physical benefits may be slight, they can eventually stack up quite quickly. Cris Hogg, COO of Propeller Health and a digital health expert called the app “the most interesting health app to launch in a long time”.

    Fitness Trackers are also seeing an increase in their user’s activity. Fitness tracker Jawbone UP says since Pokémon Go launched, users have logged in more than 62.5 percent more steps the weekend after it launched compared to the weekend before. Check out the chart below.

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    The app also does wonders for mental health, according to PsychologyToday.com, the use of virtual and augmented reality technology to treat psychological problems is not new. Virtual reality games are currently being used and researched to treat depression, anxiety, and PTSD, as well as alleviate pain, and even improve physical rehabilitation after strokes.

    The app also helps to ease social anxiety and depression, allowing people who typically fear meeting new people to actually want to get out there and make new friends. Within minutes, many users run into each other, phone in hand, and a conversation can spark about Pokémon Go. The game allows you to play alone, but rewards you exploring and meeting others.

    When it comes to therapy, Pokémon Go can help users currently recovering in Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy to get some additional exercise to help their treatment.

    Of course the app shouldn’t be used to replace normal therapy or typical exercise. But anything that gets people out and moving is OK in our book. Just please make sure to look both ways before crossing the street.

    The Best Places To Travel In Spring

    Spring is finally here and there is no better time than now to travel the country! There are countless opportunities all over the country, whether you’re a travel therapist (PT,OT, or SLP) or travel nurse. Now may be the time to visit some of the “colder” states as the flowers start to bloom and the temperatures start to warm up. But where should you travel to? Well, that all depends on you, since Ardor Health has jobs all over the country that are ready for you!

    Traveling To Somewhere You’ve Never Been

    Perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit the Northeast and see Boston in the spring time, or perhaps you’ve heard about how beautiful the Carolinas can be when the flowers are blooming, so why not see it for yourself? Spring can be one of the best times to travel to new places because of the beautiful weather you can find. But those are just a few areas of the country that are perfect to visit in the spring time. Why not take a look in a state you’re interested in right now?

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    Traveling is a great option even if you are new to the world of travel therapy or travel nursing. Our team of recruiters will work personally with you to find you the best opportunity as a new grad in your preferred setting and area of the country.

     

    Traveling To Visit Family

     

    Traveling can be one of the most rewarding career paths you can take as a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist or Nurse, but having to spend time away from family can be a difficult choice. As a family owned company, Ardor Health understands the value of keeping your loved ones close. We can always work to find you travel assignments that can put you close to your family. But say you want to visit some extended family you haven’t seen in awhile, not a problem! The country is yours to travel, so why not catch up with friends or family in locations you’d normally have to pay to visit? We think you should get paid and have the ability to see the people and places you love. If you fall in love with a particular area, many facilities can offer travel extensions from six months to a year, allowing you to get to know a city even more!

    Ready to get started? We have a job for you!

    Call 855-Go-Ardor

    Or Search Open Jobs Now!

    Ardor Health Solutions Named A Best Workplace For Women

    Ardor Health Solutions was named as one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women in 2015. Ardor Health Solutions ranked 79th in the inaugural list compiled by Great Place to Work and Fortune.com. The survey gathered feedback from female employees who recognize their workplace as a place where women can thrive.

    Ardor Health Solutions ranked 79th as Best Workplace for Women

    How Are Companies Chosen?

    Great Place to Work® surveyed 135,689 women at 637 companies, who answered a detailed questionnaire considering everything from the fairness of their company’s promotions, to who has access to information and leadership, the level of support for employees’ personal lives, and the degree of inclusiveness and connection they feel with colleagues. Women answered 58 questions in total, including an overall assessment of whether the company is a great place to work.

    These survey results have a high degree of reliability in accurately reflecting employees’ experiences: In statistical terms, women’s survey results all meet a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 6.5 percent or less.

    The survey results are the biggest reason companies appear on this ranking, since two-thirds of each company’s score is based on women’s reports. The remaining third takes into account how well-represented women and minorities are within the workforce overall and in management and executive positions. We also gave higher scores to companies who achieved the highest level of parity between men and women in their organization – meaning, companies where not only the most women reported the company performed well on an index of fairness-related questions, but also those where just as many women had that experience as men.

    So How Did Ardor Health Rank?

    At Ardor Health, 78% of employees are women, who also make up 57% 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.

    “At Ardor Health Solutions, we strive each and everyday to offer our employees the type of workplace they look forward to coming to,” said Patty Lamia, President and Co-Founder of Ardor Health Solutions, “with 78% of our employees being women, this honor and recognition means a lot to our company.”

    So What Employees Do The Employees Say?

    I AM ABLE TO TAKE TIME OFF FROM WORK WHEN I THINK IT’S NECESSARY.
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    I CAN BE MYSELF AROUND HERE.
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    OUR FACILITIES CONTRIBUTE TO A GOOD WORKING ENVIRONMENT.
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    PEOPLE CELEBRATE SPECIAL EVENTS AROUND HERE.
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    WHEN I LOOK AT WHAT WE ACCOMPLISH, I FEEL A SENSE OF PRIDE.
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    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.

    Battling Back Problems As A Physical Therapist

    On a day to day basis, one of the top problems you’ll treat as a physical therapist is back pain. But there are a variety of factors that can be the root cause for back pain. Below, you will find a variety of reasons a patient might experience back pain.

    Battling Back Problems As A Physical Therapist

    1. Improper lifting/Bad Exercise Form

    Lifting heavy weight with support from your knees is incredibly important. You’d be surprised how many patients may improperly lift heavy objects during a household move or during exercise. Proper education can go a long way to preventing this kind of muscle strain.

    2. Stress

    Stress and anxiety can have a larger effect on our lives than most of us think. A stressful job, problems at home or depression can all lead to a patient having back pain. Physical therapy can still help with this type of pain, but reducing stress in one’s life will also be a big step in the right direction.

    3. Poor Posture

    Yes. Slouching at work or at home can take a toll on the way you feel overall. It is important to be mindful of your posture throughout the day. American sit an average of 13 hours a day! Which means that is a long stretch of time for poor posture to set in. Fortunately, there are chairs out there that can help combat poor posture. Feel free to inform your patients about chairs with strong lumbar support. Also, never shy away from taking 10-15 minute breaks in order to relieve your back.

    4. Obesity

    The added pressure of being overweight can put a lot of strain on a patient’s joints. Exercise to lower one’s weight can go a long way in reducing a patient’s back pain. Although physical therapy will help, it’s important to encourage your patients to eat healthy and partake in physical activities

    5. Age

    It can be an unfortunate fact of life. We all get older. Age can have a big impact on the way our body feels. As you get older, your bones and muscles will not be as strong, which can lead to achy back. Fortunately, mild exercise and staying active can always help to combat that pain.

    Prevention Is Your Best Friend

    Of course these are just a few examples of what could be causing back pain for your patients. But the list goes on and on. In the end, exercise and a healthy life style can help a patient to avoid these types of ailments. As a physical therapist, your patients trust your opinion. Don’t be afraid to give them some heartfelt advice! Have more to add? Feel free to comment down below.

    7 Apps To Keep You Moving As A Travel Therapist

    7 Apps To Keep You Moving As A Travel Therapist
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    Whether you’re traveling as a physical therapist, occupational therapist or speech language pathologist, you’re expected to be on the go 24/7. But every expert could use a sidekick from time to time. Lucky for us, our smartphones can be a go to assisstant whenever we need them. It’s all about having the right apps installed so you can get your job done as quickly and efficiently as possible and ultimately make your life easier.

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    Here Are 7 Essential Apps For The Traveling Therapist.

    Travel Therapist Apps1. Location Log Free. As a traveling physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist or registered nurse, it becomes imperative to be able to keep track of your travel assignments. Location Log helps you to keep track of your travel reimbursements, fuel and mileage and various other points of interest and allows you to view them on Google Maps.

    Travel Therapist Apps2. GogoBot Free. With its clean design, Gogobot allows you to get recommendations on dining, lodging and entertainment in your area. Instead of having to tirelessly search for options, Gogobot places you in groups call “Tribes” which tailor to your specific interests and needs. A must have to get the most out of your travel assignment!

    Travel Therapist Apps3. Waze Free. If you need directions, then look no further than Waze. The community based map and navigation app redefines traveling in a fun and inventive way. Waze says it has millions of drivers working to help you get to your location quickly and safely, with real time traffic updates, police activity and community edited maps.

    Travel Therapist Apps4. Skype Free. Who hasn’t heard of Skype? One of the biggest challenges a traveler can face is the distance from their loved ones. The Skype app is an awesome tool for setting up a video and/or an audio chat. Skype can be used wherever and whenever you’re connected to Wi-Fi so it’s a great way to talk to your family and friends face-to-face for free

    Travel Therapist Apps5. Wi-Fi Finder Free. Speaking of Wi-Fi, this app can find you the best WiFi in your area guranteed. This app works on an iPhone or iPad and will help you locate the closest place to use WiFi. It tells you if the WiFi is free or paid, and who the provider is. You can download the hot spots for your location, and have youhttp://www.medscape.com/public/mobileappr WiFi map with you when you arrive at your new location.

    Travel Therapist Apps6. Medscape Free. WebMD designed Medscape to act as a medical resources for millions of healthcare professionals. The app covers dozens of specialties and keeps the user up to date on medical news. It’s a must for any therapist, nurse or physician!

    Travel Therapist Apps 7. Clinical Orthopedic Exam (CORE) $39.99. This app does have a big price tag, but it brings value with the dollar amount. CORE gives a travel therapist or traveling RN access to over 200 tests and references to help them with clinical orthopedic tests. Treatment techniques are demonstrated via images and videos, which is a tremendous help when you want to see them in action.

    You’re Set!

    The list goes on and on, but these 7 apps are sure to give you a great foothold wherever you might find yourself traveling to. But keep in mind, technology is always changing for the better. Be sure to check back here from time to time for updates. These apps can also go hand in hand with our 5 Essential Tips For Back To School Therapists.

    You’ve got the apps…what’s next?

    Don’t forget, these apps are useful for any specialty. If you’re thinking about taking on a school position soon, then you can check out Ardor Health’s Free “School Therapist Road Map” below.

    The Five Essential Tips For Back To School Therapists

    Another school year is upon us, which means students and teachers will be back in the classroom and school therapists across the country will be starting new contracts at school districts in every state.

    Whether you’re a Speech Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist or any other specialty, you’re going to have a little bit of the freshman fever yourself.

    But no worries, we’ve got you covered!

    Here are just a few tips that can turn a good school year into a great one.

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    Remember, don’t be afraid to ask for help throughout the length of your contract! Your co-workers and recruiter are there to help.

    There you have it! These are just a few tips that can help you to be more successful this year. Communication is key for success in every contract.

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    Congratulations and have a fantastic year!

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