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occupational therapy early interventionChildren achieve many developmental milestones in their first five years, such as walking, talking, and developing social skills, but not all children reach milestones as predicted. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six kids have some type of disability. Whether a disability involves a physical issue or learning delay, early intervention can make a difference. That’s where occupational therapists come in. [continue reading…]

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Ways Healthcare Travelers Make an Impact

by Howard Gerber on September 15, 2016

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healthcare workersIf you work as a healthcare traveler, you probably already know all the benefits. You have the ability to meet different people and make friends all around the country. Travelers can also broaden their skills and learn from working in various healthcare facilities. Of course, one of the biggest perks is living in and exploring different parts of the country.

As a healthcare professional, you’re not the only one who benefits. Healthcare travelers, such as nurses, physical therapists and physician assistants all make a difference in multiple people’s lives. Although it can vary, consider some of the common ways healthcare travelers make a difference with every assignment they take.  [continue reading…]

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Zika Virus Information for Nurses

by Howard Gerber on September 8, 2016

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zika virus infoYou don’t have to be a nurse to be concerned about the Zika virus. It seems that the virus is making headlines more frequently, and nurses are on the frontlines of the emerging health issue, both as caregivers and potential patients. If you’re a nurse traveler, you might wonder if you should avoid taking assignments to certain states due to the risk of contracting Zika.

Researchers are still finding out new information about Zika, but some facts are known. As a nurse, it’s helpful to become educated on the Zika virus so you can provide the most accurate information to your patients and keep yourself safe as well. Consider the following questions and answers regarding Zika.   [continue reading…]

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10 Skills School-Based Physical Therapists Need

by Howard Gerber on September 1, 2016

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school physical therapist skillsWorking as a physical therapist in a school setting is interesting, fulfilling and at times challenging. School physical therapists guide students and their families through a treatment plan that may be aimed at improving endurance, range of motion, coordination, balance, or strength.

The work of a school-based physical therapist is vital to help children overcome physical issues that may interfere with their social, emotional and academic development. Working as a school PT is not always an easy job. Having certain skills can make it easier to succeed. Consider some of the following useful skills for school-based physical therapists. [continue reading…]

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How Soft Skills Help Nurses Excel

by Howard Gerber on August 25, 2016

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nurse soft skillsIt takes a lot of different skills to succeed as a nurse. Some skills are technical, such as knowing how to start an IV or change a dressing. Other skills are intellectual including calculating medication dosages or interpreting lab results.

But there are also another set of skills that are equally important for nurses to have. Soft skills are not something you can easily measure, but they are an important part of being a good nurse. [continue reading…]

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Just Dance – Julia’s Therapy Journey

by Howard Gerber on August 18, 2016

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Julia Dance TherapistWhen you think of dance, what comes to mind? You probably picture something from an entertainment perspective – maybe dancers in TV shows, movies, or musicals? Perhaps you think back to that dance class from childhood or the awkward middle school dance that your parents made you go to? Seems about right. Did you ever think that dancing or choreographed body movement could be a type of therapy, though? Neither did most people, but it is – and an effective one!

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist – Julia – on our team to spread the word about dance therapy! Julia took some time to explain how she started her journey into this type of therapy, what it actually entails, and how it is very effective for the students she supports:

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considering ot jobWhether you’re a new grad or have been an occupational therapist for a while, you might be considering working as an OT in a school. If you enjoy working with children and long for a schedule where you have holidays and weekends off, working as a school-based occupational therapist can be a great option. However, keep in mind that working as a school occupational therapist is different from other settings, such as hospitals or nursing homes. Before you make your move, there are several things you should consider. [continue reading…]

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