Occupational Therapy Month – Why OTs Choose to Travel

April 17th, 2014 2 Min read Occupational Therapy Month – Why OTs Choose to Travel Blog
ot-kidApril is Occupational Therapy Month, and a great to time to recognize to the important role that OTs play in healthcare delivery. Many OTs are drawn to the profession because of its holistic approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes. They also enjoy watching patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Not only does the profession allow OTs to build a relationship with patients, but it gives them the freedom to experience different locations and practices around the country. Here are a few reasons why OTs choose to take travel assignments: To gain more experience — Caitlin and Andreana met on their way to college and then spent the next five years together in classes. Now these friends travel together. “By acquiring a larger and more dynamic perspective in these areas," says Caitlin, "I am able to narrow in on my own long-term goals and find what area and setting fits." Andreana adds, "Being able to expand my professional experiences and learn as an occupational therapist is truly my favorite part about any assignment." Read more here. To try new places — One of Shawn’s first travel assignments was to the Florida Institute for Neurologic Rehab. Not only did Shawn get to take in some Florida sun, but also he had his first opportunity to do work related to brain injury, which was a wonderful learning experience for him. “Pick settings and locations you think you will enjoy,” Shawn says. “Taking an assignment you're not happy with from the get-go can impact your long-term experience." Read more here. To enjoy a change of pace — After serving in the military, Don is now an active traveler. “I wanted to take a break from being at the same place at the same time every day,” he says. “I am young enough to realize that I can travel and old enough to realize that my future is not dependent on a stationary setting.” Read more here. Travel assignments are available across the U.S. Click here to see all current OT jobs.