Clinicians enter travel therapy for different reasons: adventure, traveling to new places, flexibility, etc. For some clinicians, travel therapy may be a good way to enhance your clinical skills and expand your scope of practice. Maybe your skills have plateaued at your current position or you want a new challenge. Being a traveler will introduce you to new settings, buildings, new patients and new co-workers.
1. Gaining Clinical Confidence and Leadership Skills
The necessity to perform clinical tasks quickly and independently on assignment can mold a novice clinician into a confident and strong leader. As a traveler, you learn through experience and may encounter challenging patients and different therapy techniques that you could not obtain by working in the same facility. Traveling can give you the confidence to go into any facility and tackle your caseload with ease.
2. Exploring New Facilities and Settings
Travelers are utilized across all settings in healthcare from acute care hospitals to home health. Each level of care is distinctly different and offers new learning experiences. Traveling is a great way to experience new settings and grow your clinical skillset. Personally, I have worked across the spectrum of care from level 1 trauma centers to outpatient. The variety of skills I have gained from working across multiple settings and understanding the progression of care has allowed me to be a more skilled clinician at every setting.
3. Knowledge Exchange with Colleagues
Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists all have a wealth of knowledge and skills from their own unique past experiences. Working with new colleagues at every assignment has taught me skills and inspired me to learn and push myself to be a better clinician. I have learned new standardized tests, treatment materials and new approaches that I could have never learned from one facility or with one rehab team.
Travel offers an endless capacity for learning and growing your clinical career. From new settings to new coworkers and patients, the learning opportunities are endless.
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