You’ve probably heard about travel nursing as a great career path, but if you’re not a nurse how can you have the same experience. There is an in-demand market for travel physical therapists as well. What can you expect if you decide to become a travel physical therapist? Let’s take a closer look at the day in the life of this kind of role.
No Two Days are The Same
If what you crave is routine, a job as a traveling physical therapist is probably not for you. We can give you a snapshot of a day in the life, but every day will be different, especially as you transition from one assignment to the next.
But if you want this kind of adventure, you might as well buckle in. It’ll be a challenging, fun, and rewarding experience.
Exercise and Treatment Plans
As with any physical therapy job, the primary focus of what you do will be to work with individual patients for their exercise and treatment plans. And you know that working with a young athlete recovering from a sports-related injury will be different from working with an older woman who just received a hip replacement.
Your job is to find the right exercise routine and treatment plan for every person who walks through your door.
Keeping Up with Paperwork
Of course, working with patients is not the only thing you need to do with your day. Like any other healthcare professional, you will need to set aside a portion of your day for paperwork. If you thought you escaped this process by traveling, you’re mistaken.
By honing good organizational and time management skills, you can decrease the burden of your paperwork process every day.
Working with New People
Not only will you have the ability to work with new patients, but traveling also gives you another advantage. You’ll be working with a different team or facility with each new assignment. This can give more experience with different people which will help you as you advance your career.
You may be able to teach what you know to a new team of therapists, but you can also learn from them and take that with you throughout your career.
Seeing New Places
Finally, it’s important and worth mentioning that one of the biggest perks of working as a traveling physical therapist is inherent in the travel portion of the job description. You’ll be able to see new places and try new things. If you’ve ever wanted to live somewhere else a travel position is a perfect fit.
Keep in mind that the travel part is important to the job so your recruiter will work with you to find the best assignments in your desired locations.
Is a traveling physical therapy job right for you?