November 19, 2022
Why Being a Traveling Physical Therapist Makes You a Better Medical Professional
November 19, 2022
Traveling medical professionals have seen quite a renaissance in the past several years. It is a career path that went from a niche profession that people largely chose to get to travel and work at the same time, to an absolutely essential and integral part of the healthcare system.
However, with the increasing pressure, longer hours, and more difficult working conditions caused by the pandemic, many medical professionals experienced burnout and simply left the profession. This gap in the workforce has been supplemented with traveling professionals such as those working with us at Ventura MedStaff.
And while a career as a traveling physical therapist promises to earn you more money than if you opt to become a permanent staff member, there are other reasons to go into this profession.
If you decide to become a traveling medical professional, there are a few things you will have to accept as facts. You will likely have to move every few months, find a new place to live and adapt to the new medical facility and colleagues. On paper, this can seem like an exhausting process, but in truth, the more contracts you complete, the more adaptable you become.
Coping with these difficulties and challenges serves a bigger picture – helping you develop your skills. Adaptability is a great soft skill to have and becoming a traveling medical professional show any hospital administrators in the future that you know how to respond to different scenarios and changes appropriately. If this is something that interests you, then reach out to us and we can help you start on a new career path as a traveling medical professional.
Treating every patient with the respect they deserve is central to the medical profession. However, after a while, treating the same kinds of injuries and working on similar cases can become a bit monotonous and you run a risk of becoming bored with your job.
On the other hand, as a traveling physical therapist, you could work with seniors in one location, extreme sports practitioners in the other and get to see a diverse range of what your profession has to offer. Not only will the cases be different, but also you can experience different approaches to similar cases. As many hospitals have slightly different procedures, you will get to see first-hand which approach works best.
One thing that you will have to contend with as a traveling medical professional is that you will be in one location on average every 13 weeks. After that, your contract will end and you will have to sign another contract, most likely in a different location. While on one hand, this means leaving familiarity behind, on the other hand, it can also help you to grow in confidence both professionally and personally.
Once you complete a contract once or twice, you will be able to see how it can be beneficial for you. This confidence in your skills will help you to branch out and try different health settings and be more comfortable with all different types of patients. The confidence in your personal life will help you to make new friends easily and really put yourself out there. These kinds of situations can really develop your ability to ask what you want and need. And isn’t that what being a travel therapist is all about (at least on a personal level)?
Traveling physical therapists are in great demand at the moment, so if you are feeling adventurous and you want to develop your personal as well as professional skills, reach out to us at Ventura MedStaff and let us help you dip your toe in the world of traveling medical professionals. We promise you will love it.
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