Travel Therapists: How to Prepare for Each New Assignment

If you’ve just finished your first healthcare travel assignment as an OT, PT or speech therapist, you’re probably bursting with excitement – not just for a job well done but in anticipation of your next travel assignment.

Read below for some tips on how to prepare for your next travel therapist assignment.

  1. Look back at your first assignment and decide what went wrong and what went right. What can you learn from your mistakes? What have you learned so that you’ll do things differently on the next assignment?
  2. What went well and how are you going to ensure it goes well again? Are there processes and/or procedures you can put in place regarding packing for your trip, driving to the assignment (if applicable), staying in touch with family and friends, etc. that worked for you this first assignment so that you’ll be able to replicate these experiences easily?
  3. Take a look at your packing list. What did you not bring that you’ll bring on the next assignment? What can be left at home? Can you pare the number of things you take down to the bare minimum? What did you discover that you just can’t live without?
  4. What was it about the assignment that thrilled you and what was it that gave you the willies? Once you’ve determined what you’d like to change about an assignment, contact your staffing manager to discuss the assignment and strategize about making the next assignment better.
  5. What skills did you learn on your assignment? Will you want to learn more of these types of skills on subsequent assignments? Or would you prefer not to? While the travel staffing service’s clients dictate what types of assignments are available, your staffing manager will do everything he or she can to place you on assignments you’ll enjoy, so don’t be shy about speaking up!
  6. What skills of yours did you discover could use some brushing up or improvement? Will you need to take some CE courses to make sure your therapy skills are up to snuff? If so, speak with your staffing manager. Many staffing services help their travelers with CE costs and are happy to schedule your assignments around CE classes.

If you’re a physical, occupational or speech therapist with at least one or two years of recent professional experience in these fields and if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to work as a traveling therapist, don’t hesitate to contact a MedPro Healthcare Staffing recruiter. We’d love to discuss the benefits of this great healthcare career track. We look forward to hearing from you.

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