Traveling physical therapists - Understanding the challenges
February 11, 2016
Accepting a physical therapy job is a major decision. In fact, there are several career paths that these highly trained professionals could pursue.
While many physical therapists will provide support at medical clinics nationwide, others may choose to offer assistance to clients throughout the country by becoming traveling physical therapists.
Q. What advice would you provide to those who are debating the pros and cons of becoming a traveling physical therapist?
A.Traveling physical therapists need to be flexible and confident in order to succeed. You need to be able to adjust, especially since many times you want to choose the location where you will be working, but there are no assignments available in that city. In that case, your career representative will have to find other locations to present to you. The work location generally changes every 13 weeks, and the traveler needs to be prepared for this challenge.
Traveling physical therapists need to be able to jump right in and hit the ground running when you accept new assignments. Travel therapy professionals can use their skills and knowledge to their advantage to succeed in numerous workplaces. Orientations aren't always available at new work environments, so these people must become immediate contributors.
Q. How do traveling physical therapists deal with housing issues if they are frequently going from state to state? Also, how are traveling physical therapists compensated for gas and other travel expenses?
A. According to Summit Medical Staffing, a good travel company provides housing to traveling physical therapists. Since these professionals accept assignments that usually last about three months or so, they want to provide them with almost everything they need to get comfortable in a location. For the most part, they provide apartments to these professionals and try to avoid hotels if possible. The only expenses these professionals need to pay for are phone, internet and cable costs. They tell their travelers to pack light and only bring personal belongings that they feel are necessary, because we will provide the rest for them.
Q. How long do most traveling physical therapy assignments last? And how do traveling physical therapists usually prepare for upcoming jobs as current assignments conclude?
A. Most physical therapy assignments last around 13 weeks but can be cancelled at any time. The customer is always allowed a way out. Typically, a client is required to give a two-to-four week notice period.
Q. What specialized skills must traveling physical therapists possess to be successful?
A. Traveling physical therapists must be flexible and dedicated to their work. When you get assignments, you need to be ready to help out clients for set amounts of time, regardless of the circumstances.